One of my earliest and fondest memories is of sitting on a stool in my grandfather’s workshop, watching him make a beautiful wooden bowl at the lathe. He gave me that bowl as a gift, with both of our names carved on the bottom.
Today the bowl sits on my desk holding my favorite stones—a sweet reminder of my roots and the value of fine craftsmanship.
These early influences that helped shape Salvations are still meaningful as we continue to evolve our business.
After 30 years in the same location, we’ve moved our studio to the Shenandoah Valley—just 75 miles from D.C. and yet worlds away. In addition to the quiet inspiration of our natural surroundings, the wildlife and farmland and forest, we’ve developed relationships with progressive new artists and blacksmiths who bring fresh talent and perspective to our work.
The change is invigorating, while the core ways we do business remain essentially unchanged.
I still design every piece myself with a pencil and sketch pad. Every piece is still made locally by hand. I still answer the phone and personally ensure that every order is just right.
Thank you for your support and for loving our work as much as I do. We certainly wouldn’t be here without you.
Barry Remley, Salvations Founder and Owner