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(Asheville, NC)—Local rustic woodworking company Appalachian Designs and its owner Lang Hornthal were honored with an Environmental Excellence Award by Asheville GreenWorks at its March 27 board meeting.
The award recognizes Appalachian Designs and Hornthal “for reclaiming urban wood and turning it into beautifully designed pieces.” From its earliest days, Appalachian Designs has been focused on reclaiming local wood to create unique, handcrafted furniture, stairs and railings.
To underscore this dedication, Appalachian Designs created the Root Cause initiative committed to raising awareness in the southern Appalachians for the use of local forest products and sustainable forestry. As people seek to buy locally grown food, Root Cause emphasizes that that thinking can be extended to local forest products, which can stimulate the Western North Carolina economy while allowing for the mindful use of natural regional assets. In the region that is the birthplace of Forest Conservation in the United States, Root Cause seeks to continue WNC’s historic commitment to modern forestry.
Asheville GreenWorks, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is a volunteer-based organization working to achieve a clean and green Asheville and Buncombe County through community organizing, educating and environmental stewardship.
Appalachian Designs specializes in outfitting rustic homes and landscapes, designing and building a wide range of solid wood furniture, stairs and railings, architectural elements, and custom designs. Appalachian Designs is owned and operated by Lang Hornthal, who has over 20 years experience in custom wood design and craftsmanship.