Walking through the workshop at birdloft, a custom furniture studio in Tacoma, one can’t help but caress the wood. Tree rounds, planks, and slabs are stacked like library books waiting to be read. Co-owners Adrienne Wicks and Jeff Libby know that there are stories to be told by working with reclaimed materials, sourced from around the Puget Sound. And their customers are eager to listen and be part of the process. “Some of our best designs begin with a conversation with a customer,” Libby said. “Bring us your ideas, and we’ll make them real,” Wicks added. As a two-person team, Wicks and Libby are small-scale manufacturers, this allows them to be hands-on and involved with every piece. Working out of a former organ-repair shop, they ship across the country, though increasingly more in the South Sound. For the couple, who have family nearby, opening birdloft in Tacoma was a homecoming, “a place where you could experiment and reinvent yourself,” Libby said.