The name "Altered Nature" reflects our commitment to recover, recycle and redefine materials that have been discarded and objects that are naturally fallen (we do not cut down trees or destroy wildlife to procure materials). Any shells or natural items we use are collected by us or our family & friends.
We DO NOT purchase shells and sea life to use in our decor because we do not want innocent life destroyed for commercial reasons. The only way to be sure that the sea life was truly found and not harvested (captured and killed) is to collect it ourselves or to pay people on the beach that are actively collecting shells and materials. We will occasionally use items that would otherwise be discarded to a landfill (family or friends giving us items instead of throwing them out).
The beauty of our designs is that nothing is wasted. We strive to ensure that materials from construction & demolitions do not end up in a landfill. We use what we can to alter a previously dedicated object into reclaimed wood home decor!
Our products are 100% hand crafted!
Every piece is hand collected, hand cut, hand painted & hand sanded by us. We pack and ship our items and do not use third parties for creative design, painting or shipping.
Some of our items are carried in retail stores in the US, but can always be purchased directly from Altered Nature at one of the many art & craft shows that we participate in. You can always purchase directly through our website or through Etsy. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a custom item or if you have visited us at a show.
On most occasions, crafting requires that we use some new materials, however we strive to keep this to a minimum.
As always, we are focused on providing excellent work with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.
With a variety of offerings to choose from, and the impact you are making by supporting this effort, we’re sure you’ll be happy with your purchase.
Dean has always been a very talented craftsman and he has a great work ethic. He creates beautiful & innovative decks, pergolas, playhouses, ponds & garden structures. In the winter when he turns his attention to the indoors, he renovates and redesigns living spaces such as bathrooms, kitchens & basements. He uses many different materials, including tile, glass & composite materials but wood is the most common material used year round. He will often come home with loads of demolished decks, fences, cabinets, wood scraps and other materials that were doomed to the Lake County landfill. I have often thought about the impact we are making on the environment and wondered if there was a better way to dispose of the materials. For my birthday he made me a table from old decking joists and posts. It was wonderful. I looked around and saw beautiful pieces of distressed wood that would go to waste if taken to the landfill. I challenged him to be creative in using throwaway materials. This is how "Altered Nature" came to be. He now focuses on recycling wood to create our line of reclaimed wood decor.
I am lucky enough to enjoy the fruits of his labor and because of my love of crafting, and thought it would be great to share it with others.
In January of 2014, Altered Nature celebrated it's first full year of existence. It has been a joy watching the growth and development of our business and a great learning experience for us all!
We are continuously amazed at our good fortune to have such a great opportunity. We are humbly aware that we are using our God given talents to do something good for our family as well as the environment!
We do handle special furniture requests, especially for those that live in the Lake, Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga areas.
Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.