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Salt Works on Livable CNY

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 24, 2014

Liveable CNY Salt Works

Livablecny.com recently profiled Salt Works on their website in the article, Wood Work: Artisanal Craftsman Jobs for Syracuse Immigrants. They beautifully capture the stories of Pedro Ignacio Díaz Ramos and  Luis Vilella, two of the craftsman behind Salt Works’ sustainable furniture. “Before becoming a carpenter with Salt Works, the most extensive woodwork Pedro Ignacio Díaz Ramos had done was chopping down trees to sell as firewood in his hometown of Guantánamo, Cuba. Whenever money was tight, which was often, he would bike nearly 10 miles to the mountains where the wood made for good kindling—not far from the mountain range where Fidel and Ché plotted the Cuban Revolution. “Day after day, my situation—my life—became much harder,” said Ramos. While Ramos, 47, sold the bundles of wood for only 20 cents each in Guantanamo, he now helps pull in several thousand-dollar woodworking projects for Salt Works . . .” Read the entire article here.

Shop, Mingle, & Jingle This Sunday

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 5, 2014

Shop, Jingle, & Mingle

Visit Salt Works this Sunday for a small shopping showcase to benefit the American Cancer Society. Shop, Mingle, & Jingle will showcase 11 vendors at King + King Architects, including Art for Your Heart and the Syracuse Poster Project. Salt Works will bring along a variety of desk organizers, candelabras, and bookmarks to jump-start the shopping season.

Shop, Mingle, & Jingle is free and open to the public. For more information, click HERE.

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Photo Friday: Denailing for Salt Works

Written by admin  • October 17, 2014

We had an amazing turnout of volunteers this Tuesday to denail timber for Salt Works! Many thanks to Stephen Terzolo and 40 Below for helping us organize the event. Soon those beams will be transformed into artisan furniture!

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On the Calendar: Social Entereneurship in Syracuse

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • September 17, 2014

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This Thursday, Northside UP will participate in a panel discussion about social entrepreneurship during the Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR). Among the panelists are our friends from Catholic Charities, My Lucky Tummy, and the Tech Garden that represent four different models of social enterprise initiatives in our city:

Salt Works: a business that employs Green Train graduates to build artisan furniture from reclaimed materials – a collaboration between Northside UP, the Near West Side Initiative, Syracuse University and Habitat for Humanity.

Project Joseph: a Catholic Charities program that employs their homeless clients to clean and turnover apartments within the CCOC residential programs – creating an income opportunity and positive work history for the hardest to serve residents.

My Lucky Tummy: A pop-up food court business that employs New American chefs to share their native cuisines with the Syracuse market.

UP Start Syracuse: a collaborative business incubation program targeting underserved business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Syracuse community. The effort is a partnership between CenterState CEO affiliates, NSUP and the Syracuse Tech Garden; the Small Business Development Center; Cooperative Federal Credit Union; Catholic Charities and others.

TMR is a weekly civic forum sponsored by University College of Syracuse University. To learn more, click here.

Photo Friday: Exploring Salt Works

Written by admin  • July 11, 2014

Salt Works Exploring

Salt Works Needs Volunteers This Friday

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 16, 2014

Denailing Collage

The staff at Salt Works, our furniture social enterprise, is in need of volunteers this Friday to denail the large beams used to make their artisan furniture. The denailing will be divided into two shifts: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Work would include lifting heavy beams in a team and pulling nails from the wood in order to prep the beams for milling on Saturday. Salt Works will provide gloves and tools to volunteers.

If you’re interested in helping out, please contact Stasya Erickson (serickson@northsideup.org) and let her know which shift you’re willing to take on (9 AM – 12 PM or 1 PM – 5 PM). Volunteers must wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes and meet at the Syracuse Habitat for Humanity building at 308 Otisco Street.

Photographs from the Salt Works Launch Event

Written by admin  • June 4, 2014

On May 29th, over 130 people attended an event to celebrate the launch of a new furniture social enterprise: Salt Works! The reveal party unveiled artisan furniture crafted from reclaimed materials by neighborhood residents. Guests mingled with the staff, feasted on My Lucky Tummy delights, and bid on a variety of pieces crafted by the Salt Works team. Daylight Blue Media was there to capture the evening. We’re grateful to have taken part and look forward to seeing this collaborative effort develop.


Photo Friday: Salt Works Launches!

Written by admin  • May 30, 2014

We had a blast last night and are grateful for the many that stopped by to eat, drink, bid and support the launch of this social enterprise. More photos to come next week. Meanwhile, here’s a teaser from Daylight Blue Media. Many thanks to them for documenting our event.

Salt Works Launch Event

Syracuse.com Covers Salt Works

Written by admin  • May 29, 2014

Salt Works got some great coverage today on Syracuse.com! You can read the article in full HERE and watch the video, below. Tonight’s event starts at 5 p.m. – come see what this effort is all about!


This Thursday: The Salt Works Launch Party

Written by admin  • May 28, 2014

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This Thursday, come to the Salt Works Launch Party to check out the furniture this social enterprise has been building on the Near Westside. Each hand-crafted piece celebrates the massive old growth timbers that were reclaimed from area warehouses.

Zeke Leonard, an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University who has worked closely with the enterprise and his classes to design the furniture, will auction off a Salt Works Trestle Table, Plank Bench, and a “mystery” piece designed by Salt Works employees, Luis Vilella and Pedro Ignacio Diaz Ramos.

The event is free to attend and My Lucky Tummy will be there to provide several dishes, including flan and stuffed eggplant. Beer, wine, coffee, and tea will also be available.

King + King Architects is located off of West Street on Syracuse’s near Westside. Click HERE for a map and directions to the Launch party.

Salt Works Bench