Salvaging the Future
The appeal of working with salvage materials for the anthropology/business double major is the way they are infused with history and culture of Delmarva. “I have always appreciated handmade things and once I became more familiar with the architectural salvage industry and it’s growing popularity, I became very interested in the art of preserving handmade building materials that can be reused for new buildings or furniture.”
Her SCE is a business plan for an Architectural and Lumber Salvage company concentrating on the history and culture of Delmarva that is found in building materials. Her business advisor, Joe Bauer has helped her with the detail-oriented work of building this plan, but the appeal of the work has been clear to Kloetzli from the beginning. “The nostalgia and sense of place associated with these materials is the driving force behind the purchase of products like these,” she said.
Her own interest in Delmarva is highly personal. “I have grown up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and come from a long line of technical workers (stone masons, carpenters, etc.)” she said. She plans to join an architectural salvage company after graduation, continuing this tradition and “getting work experience within the industry that I have studied so hard,” she said.
When the SCE process became challenging, refocusing on these goals kept Kloetzli centered and motivated. She said, “By reminding myself why I care so much about lumber salvage, it gives me the inspiration to keep going.” Her anthropology advisor Bill Schindler has encouraged her to focus on what she is passionate about in the SCE process. “He told me, ‘Don’t force yourself to write something that you hate,’” she said.
It all comes down to a respect for history both man-made and environmental. Kloetzli said, “By salvaging these materials, we have the opportunity to improve the environment through lessened deforestation and construction waste and to preserve one of the most materialized reflections of a culture—that is is the buildings that the people of a group have built.”