.Best Place to Rebuild One’s Hope in Humanity One Reclaimed Plank at a Time

Heritage Salvage, Petaluma

On the southern outskirts of Petaluma, a town already brimming with character, Heritage Salvage is a testament to the beauty of repurposing and the art of giving old materials new life. This isn’t a run-of-the-mill salvage yard—it’s a treasure trove of history where the past is preserved and transformed into something beautiful and functional.

Heritage Salvage specializes in reclaiming wood and other materials, turning what might otherwise be seen as debris into stunning furniture, flooring and architectural details. From the weathered planks of a dismantled barn to the sturdy beams of a forgotten warehouse, each piece of wood carries a story, a whisper of its former life waiting to be woven into new narratives.

The brainchild of Michael “Bug” Deakin, Heritage Salvage is more than just a business—it’s a philosophy, a way of looking at the world that sees potential where others see waste. Deakin, with his charismatic presence and deep passion for sustainability, has cultivated a space that feels more like a community hub than a store. Artists, builders, homeowners and dreamers flock to Heritage Salvage, drawn by the allure of making something unique and the promise of contributing to a more sustainable world.

Walking through the sprawling three-acre site, visitors are greeted by an eclectic array of materials: stacks of reclaimed wood in all hues and textures, vintage signs and quirky finds that defy categorization. To the more imaginative, it may look like it exists in that liminal space between the apocalypse and the dawning of a reclaimed utopia.

The air buzzes with the sound of saws and the scent of sawdust as the talented team at Heritage Salvage works to transform these raw materials into bespoke pieces that will grace homes, businesses and public spaces.

But Heritage Salvage offers more than just materials and custom creations. It’s a source of inspiration where creativity is fueled by the stories embedded in each piece of salvaged wood. Workshops, community events and a willingness to share knowledge and ideas make Heritage Salvage a beacon for those passionate about sustainability, history and the art of transformation.

In a world increasingly concerned with sustainability and the impact of waste, Heritage Salvage stands as a shining example of how to blend business with environmental stewardship. It’s a place where the past is not discarded but celebrated and reimagined, proving that anything can be given a second chance at life with a little creativity and a lot of love. — Ada Ionesco


  1. IDA – THAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN ESSENCE OF THE ENERGY THAT FLOATS MY BOAT . . . and my boat is HERITAGE SALVAGE and all the Fabulous Crew that are our TEAM – thank you for so eloquently expressing our HEART! so beautifully phrased – I/WE are honored and totally humbled by being the Writers Choice – MAHALO!

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  2. ADA – Damn – Auto correct made me say Ida and obviously i did not Bug Correct so my apologies but everything else I wrote is genuine heartfelt enthusiasm! and thank you my Daughter Suzy at Heritage Hub in Salmo BC for pointing it out to me!

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