We are excited to be participating in the 6th Annual BRING Home and Garden Tour, here in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday September 14. The tour features 10 beautiful homes or gardens that are designed around sustainable living. It is an honor to be included in a list of our cleverest neighbors!
We’ll be anchoring the tour at The CiderHouse from 3 to 6 pm, where you can redeem your tour ticket for a discounted taste as we tap our first kegs with the public! And of course a portion of the proceeds will go to BRING!
For those of you who don’t know, BRING Recycling is a local non-profit founded in 1971. In addition to sponsoring cool events like this one, BRING provides conservation education in the local schools and communities, has been instrumental in the recycling movement, and has a resale outlet for used building materials and tools.
The CiderHouse is located at 390 Lincoln St., in what has most recently been known as the QSL building. It was built in 1916 to serve as a storage space for a local grocery. A lot of labor and love has been poured into rejuvenating and restoring the space. In addition to The CiderHouse, it is home to Fertilab, Arbor South Architecture, and the OSLP Arts and Culture Program.
But it’s not just the building that’s getting new life. Inside you’ll find many salvaged items and reclaimed materials. Here’s a sneak peek at some of these found objects and their stories….
Above is an old mechanics work bench that was discarded in west Eugene. It has been repurposed as the bar back at The CiderHouse and paired with a beautiful hammered copper sink.
Separating the fermentation area from the restaurant is a barn-style door. The track and its hinges were rescued from a College Hill remodel. Just beyond you can see the freshly refinished beams and 2 x 4 ceiling that has been returned to its original state.
When you find something as unique and special as these you grab them up. It doesn’t matter if you have a use for them or not. You’ll find one–or plenty. What are they? Ford Model A axles, circa 1930, pulled from a pile of cars that had been put out to pasture down in Saginaw, and repurposed into tables and bar stools.
Our rack and cloth hand press (above) is made with reclaimed wood and steel from the Coyote scrap yard. As with everything we make, when there are ready materials that would otherwise go to waste right here in the valley, why stray far from home?
This summer we’ve had the pleasure of handpicking fruits in some of Lane County’s oldest orchards to make up our small batch and single varietal ciders. It has been a pleasure to get to know the families who caretake the orchards and help restore them. From pears and apples in the original Elijah Bristow orchards to cherries and plums further north, there is truly something poetic in gathering the fruits of pioneers and dreamers, and crafting them into something new to share with the community.
The BRING tour is a great opportunity to bring home inspiration for adding sustainability and beauty to your home, garden and life. We hope to see you this Sunday at the end of the tour!
Enjoy the Wild!
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