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American Treasures highlights local artisans, reclaimed pieces – The Herald Dispatch

Having established a reputation as someone always on the lookout for wood to repurpose, he [Ron Hunt] learns of potential treasure troves of old wood through word-of-mouth, keeping an open eye and online. He bought a barn about to be torn down in Hershey, Pa., on eBay.

“I’m trying to salvage and repurpose old wood and keep it alive,” he said. “It’s part of our history. The old barns are disappearing every day. It’s something future generations are never going to see if we don’t preserve it. It’s our ancestor’s history. It’s our country’s history, and it’s important to preserve.

“Any time I’m out in the country and see an old house falling down, I ask if I can take something (and often they say yes),” he said. “The older and rougher, the more character it has, and that’s what people want.”

via American Treasures highlights local artisans, reclaimed pieces – The Herald Dispatch.

Steel Top Desk and File Cabinet by toddmanring on Etsy

We love the mix of reclaimed wood and steel. Looks like Todd Manring has the chops to make them beautiful! Go visit his shop on Etsy for more.

This isn’t a boring old desk for some boring old office space– bring some style into your business or home office with this gorgeous steel and solid reclaimed oak desk. This will be custom made for you, so we can make it whatever you need it to be to make your daily grind a little easier on the eyes:)

Steel Top Desk and File Cabinet

via Steel Top Desk and File Cabinet by toddmanring on Etsy.

J. Crew Salvages Hurricane Damaged Wood for Runway During Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week | Inhabitat

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While J.Crew’s bold colors and tailored lines may have been wowing the audience during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, it was the runway that stole the show. Created from wood salvaged from Coney Island, Rockaway Beach, and Atlantic City, models strutted their stuff over what was once considered wreckage from Hurricane Sandy.

via J. Crew Salvages Hurricane Damaged Wood for Runway During Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Locals may be able to buy mill site wood – Ft. Bragg Advocate-News

“The impact of the Georgia-Pacific saw mill to the cultural landscape of Fort Bragg and Mendocino County cannot be over-estimated,” the proposal reads. “Not only was the framework of the community shaped and built upon by the mill but the very materials used to build the plant were taken from the fabric of the land surrounding the mill.”

“We paid a hefty price for it,” he said, noting while the venture is for profit, he wants the community to retain some of the mill’s history.

“I know firsthand that many of the residents of Mendocino County would be grateful to have the opportunity to keep locally some of the resources of this important site that has been so influential to the community for many years,” Wotila’s letter to Sabre stated.

As of Tuesday, TLC was planning to rent a local property in order to create a retail site but was working out insurance and certification issues.

“We hope to have people out there stockpiling wood Wednesday,” he said.

via Locals may be able to buy mill site wood – Ft. Bragg Advocate-News.

Greg Carter’s Reclaimed Wood Blog

Welcome to the nighborhood –  Reclaimed Wood Blog by Greg Carter.

Hi. My name is Greg Cater and I’m a sucker for wood that has a story behind it. I knew that woodworking had to be part of my life shortly after starting Mr. Johnson’s woodworking class in high school. After college I did a short stint as a Cabinet shop owner, but realized very quickly that production woodworking was not my pile of sawdust. All these years after Mr. Johnson’s class, I enjoy woodworking more than ever. I live with my wife and kids in Northern California, about 30 miles east of downtown San Francisco.

My goal for the blog is to share ideas, generate feedback and make this a place where we can have some show and tell about our reclaimed wood projects.

via About | Reclaimed Wood Blog.

Old Fiddler’s Green being methodically demolished | StAugustine.com

Workers remove cypress boards from the former Fiddler's Green restaurant in Vilano Beach on Wednesday morning, June 19, 2013, before demolishing the building later this week. By DARON DEAN, daron.dean@staugustine.com

A methodical, three-day demolition of the old Fiddler’s Green restaurant building in Vilano Beach began Wednesday morning.

The construction company contracted by St. Johns County, Construction Debris Removal, had workers taking out salvageable materials. The most common material saved was the pecky cypress wood.

St. Johns County Director of Construction Mike Rubin said the panels of the cypress wood are valued because of their natural resistance to termites.

It will be stored and possibly reused for a future building project at the site on 2750 Anahma Drive or somewhere else.

via Old Fiddler’s Green being methodically demolished | StAugustine.com.

Decoy Artist George Strunk Carves Fish from 1800’s Floorboard

Remember George Strunk the decoy artist from South Jersey?

(if not don’t worry, you can see the post here)

George wrote to tell me of a fish he was carving from a floorboard of a house built in the early 1800’s.

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Sara, I’m making this old style fish carving out of a floorboard from a house in south jersey. It was an early 1800’s house and a friend of mine saved the floorboards. So we figure this tree was around in the 1700’s. thought you might like seeing it. The back will be left the way it is and the front will be painted.

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George mentioned that since this wood was from an attic it has no nail holes in it.  He also pointed out how tight and clear the grain is.

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Here is the final magnificent piece:

 

 

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Reclaimed materials from old Detroit buildings finding new life | The Detroit News

Worker Kirmeth Jones removes nails from a piece of lumber at the Reclaim Detroit warehouse in Detroit. Reclaim Detroit has dismantled about 15 homes in Detroit and Wayne County since 2011.

The quality, look and feel of old construction materials — not to mention the stories these remnants tell of another era — are attracting the interest of entrepreneurs and others setting up shop in Detroit.

“It makes us feel much more connected to the city,” said Kevin Borsay, co-owner of the recently renovated Stella Good Coffee in the Fisher Building in Midtown. Borsay and his partners used 100-year-old wood from a home on Cadillac Boulevard for the coffee shop’s countertops.

“It’s like (having) a piece of Detroit history,” he said.

While not a new industry, the popularity of reclaimed wood and other materials from Detroit has spiked in the past few years, thanks to the creation of a nonprofit that makes them easily accessible.

Founded in 2011, Reclaim Detroit — a branch of the WARM Training Center, which promotes green jobs and sustainable housing — has dismantled about 15 homes in the city and Wayne County. The materials — from wood and bricks to doorknobs and windows — are stored in a 6,000-square-foot warehouse on Oakman Boulevard in Detroit.

The salvaged wood has been used in bars and restaurants in Midtown, Corktown and downtown. Companies from Birmingham, Ann Arbor, Woodhaven and other suburbs have bought materials, too.

Even billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert is pining for old Detroit wood. He tapped Reclaim Detroit for a project under construction at the Dime building — now called Chrysler House, said Bob Chapman, executive director of Reclaim Detroit.

Read the entire article via Reclaimed materials from old Detroit buildings finding new life | The Detroit News.

How to Salvage and Work With Reclaimed Wood – GMC Trade Secrets – rd Sandbox

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Reclaimed wood refers to lumber that has served a previous function and hasn’t come directly from the sawmill. It’s often free or available at a fraction of the cost of new lumber, saving you cash you can invest in other projects. Additionally, reclaimed wood has a visual appeal that fresh kiln-dried wood can’t match.

Specifically, salvaged wood has wear and tear to the surface and grain, and is more beautiful because of its age. Weathering, worm or bug holes, and spalted figures give the stock loads of character, which will translate into your home improvement or creative project.

Older wood is also available in larger dimensions, and was most likely cut from old-growth, local trees in sizes you can’t get at the lumber yard. Of course, reclaimed wood is recycled wood, so no extra trees need to be cut to use it. In sum, you’re saving on manufacturing and shipping costs, with results that are better for the earth and better for your project.

Read the entire article via How to Salvage and Work With Reclaimed Wood – GMC Trade Secrets – rd Sandbox.

Incorporate Reclaimed Wood into Your Home’s Decor | Sustainablog

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Reclaimed Wood is one of the hottest eco-friendly trends to come out of the interior design world. With products like reclaimed wood flooring and veneer paneling, the options and uses available with this type of lumber are limited only by your imagination. By learning more about this type of eco-friendly material, you can make educated decisions about the home design products you choose.

What is Reclaimed Wood?

On many occasions, old lumber gets discarded simply because a person or company doesn’t have a use for it. The truth is that much of this lumber is still usable – and in many cases, it is stronger and more durable than virgin wood. When someone makes the effort to collect the used lumber and fix it up for repurposing, it becomes reclaimed wood.

The Wood Reclaiming Process

The reclaiming process starts by collecting discarded lumber that’s no longer needed. These sources can include:

  • Abandoned buildings
  • Old homes and barns
  • Shipyards
  • Gymnasiums
  • Crating materials
  • Wine casks
  • Water tanks

After harvesting the wood, salvage crews separate it from other materials, such as nails. They recycle the products they don’t need to keep waste at a minimum and sort the wood according to quality. Low-grade wood becomes bio-fuel or firewood, while the premium pieces get processed.

Processing involves cleaning the lumber, drying it in a kiln and milling it so it looks beautiful. At this stage, the reclaimed lumber is ready for installation and finishing.

How You can Incorporate Reclaimed Wood into Your Home or Office

If you can build something with virgin wood, there’s a good chance you can also build it with reclaimed wood. Some of the more popular uses for reclaimed timber in homes and offices consist of:

Flooring. Reclaimed wood flooring comes in several different blends – from light to dark and refined to rustic – so you’ll always find something that matches your style.

Tables. Tabletops made from reclaimed lumber are gorgeous, durable and affordable. The characteristics of the wood are so interesting to look at that you won’t want to use a tablecloth. Reclaimed lumber is also great for counter tops.

Decking. Some blends of reclaimed wood come from tropical forests, so they naturally withstand water, humidity and the sun’s heat. This strength means they’ll have no problem enduring heavy foot traffic. Look for a company that offers reclaimed wood deck boards with eased edges or a hidden clip system so installation is a cinch.

Veneer paneling. With the veneer-making tools available today, a reclaimed lumber specialist has no problem making veneer wood paneling from this eco-friendly material. Use veneer panels for cabinetry, walls, desks or the front of a reception counter.

Benefits of Using Reclaimed Wood Compared to Virgin Wood

In the U.S., the norm is to buy products and materials that are new, but choosing reclaimed over virgin wood offers the following benefits:

  • Less landfill waste. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of wood are sent to U.S. landfills each year. Choosing reclaimed wood helps reduce waste.
  • Less deforestation. In a single year, a professional wood reclaiming company can save more than 9,000 Douglas fir trees that are 40 feet tall each.
  • Durability. Reclaimed wood is generally harder than virgin wood, so choosing this sustainable material can give you a better-quality product.
  • Appearance. When you want a truly unique-looking product without the effort, reclaimed wood is the way to go.

If you’re looking to purchase reclaimed wood instead of sourcing it yourself, look for a company that’s certified by the Rainforest Alliance and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). With these certifications, you can trust that the company sells products that are genuinely green and that the materials were harvested using sustainable methods.

This post was contributed by Viridian Reclaimed Wood, a company that is owned and operated in Portland, Oregon and provides eco-friendly, unique and affordable reclaimed wood flooring, veneer, paneling, tables & counters across the nation.

Image credit: Tony Faiola via photopin cc

Continue reading Incorporate Reclaimed Wood into Your Home’s Decor | Sustainablog

The 5 Day Summer SalvageFaire Building Workshops | Tiny Texas Houses

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Tiny Texas Houses is proud to announce that we will be hosting weekday building classes at our facility in Luling, Texas this summer. Every evening from Monday thru Friday (5pm-9pm) we will be working on building projects in and around our facility.

The projects will cover a wide range of subjects. The exact project that we work on will be determined by participant turnout and manpower, but our project list is as follows (in no specific order):

Finish out the interior skins of our central building of the SalvageFaire Market property

Build a deck and awning around the central building for the SalvageFaire Market

Build Rows of Vending Booths on the SalvageFaire Property

Landscape and plot the layout of the Salvagefaire property

Build public restrooms on the SalvageFaire Property

Everyone who signs up will have the opportunity to work on at least one of the projects listed above. We will be using strictly salvaged materials from Brad Kittel’s 30,000 sq foot warehouse to build all of these additional structures.

Participants have the opportunity to work hands-on with salvaged materials under the supervision of  Brad Kittel and the Tiny Texas Team. No experience is necessary! We are asking for passionate, dedicated individuals who are interested in working with salvaged materials and helping us develop the beginning stages of our SalvageFaire Market.

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via The 5 Day Summer SalvageFaire Building Workshops | Tiny Texas Houses.

Decoy Artist George Strunk Carves Fish from 1800’s Floorboard

George Strunk is a decoy carving savant from south Jersey.

He wrote to tell of me of a project he is working on.  A fish carved from a floorboard of a house built in the early 1800’s.

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Sara, I’m making this old style fish carving out of a floorboard from a house in south jersey. It was an early 1800’s house and a friend of mine saved the floorboards. So we figure this tree was around in the 1700’s. thought you might like seeing it. The back will be left the way it is and the front will be painted.

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George mentioned that since this wood was from an attic it has no nail holes in it.  He also pointed out how tight and clear the grain is.

Say George, how much would a fish like this go for – when its finished of course?

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BKLYN Designs: Palo Samko Showcases the Beauty of Salvaged Furniture’s “Flaws” | Inhabitat New York City

Inhabitat is showing big love for designer and craftsman Palo Samko, and rightfully so.  Check out a slideshow of his work here.

Where some people see flaws in salvaged timber, such as holes carved over time or stress splits, New York’s Palo Samko sees beauty. So instead of hiding these so-called imperfections, the carpenter, designer and devoted father showcases them in his otherworldly reclaimed interiors, though he also ensures that they are structurally sound by incorporating unique joinery into the designs.

via BKLYN Designs: Palo Samko Showcases the Beauty of Salvaged Furniture’s “Flaws” | Inhabitat New York City.

Save the Globe v.2 – OldGlobewood.com

The Globe Elevator, containing 5 million board feet of antique, old-growth Eastern White Pine, is in danger of being demolished. If the wood is burned or plowed into a landfill, more than 8,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide will be released into the atmosphere, adding to the accumulation of greenhouse gases that cause climate change. You can help Save the Globe.

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Watch all the amazing videos and help save the Globe! Read more and donate to oldglobewood.com

via Save the Globe v.2 – YouTube.

Best Reclaimed – Hardwood Floors Magazine

 

“It was a very rewarding job at the very end of it, but a very painstaking process,” Quinn says. The time-consuming job was worth it, as the owner loved the floor, and Birger Juell was thrilled to win yet another Wood Floor of the Year Award.—K.M.W.

Flooring: Birger Juell Ltd. | Finish: Dura Seal | Adhesive: Bostik Inc.

via Hardwood Floors Magazine — The magazine of the National Wood Flooring Association.

Magnetic Grain

What happens when salvaged woods and mighty magnets team up ? …

A new idea happens. A new invention happens. Fun, sawdust, a few splinters, and more ideas happen along the way. Then a realization happens … that this flow of new ideas just won’t stop, and so, Magnetic Grain happens.

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Our Focus : We create and manufacture home furnishing and decor products, with an invention focus on magnetic modularity and the creative use of reclaimed materials. Each product that we develop is original in both form and function.

Our Process : We rescue abandoned woods, grant them the power of attraction, train them to work together as a connected team, and then help them reintegrate back into society with new found purpose and self esteem. This process of healing and supportive wood group therapy is conducted at the prestigious Creative Wood Rehabilitation Center (a.k.a. – our woodshop), located sea side in Ventura California.

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via About Magnetic Grain.

This Just Inbox: Heavy-duty sketchbooks made from reclaimed wooden planks – Core77

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Xylobooks, by Gary Robbins of Container Corps, are some seriously heavy-duty notebooks made from wood scraps from a furniture factory in his local Portland, OR. The books “marry old-school bookbinding methods with a clean, modern aesthetic that emphasizes the tactile nature of the materials,” connecting the wood to the paper by means of cotton twill tape and tiny iron nails.

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The hard (and heavy) covers of the notebook are not just for show—they also provide a hard ,flat surface on which to write or draw and the taught twill tape creates a place to hold cards and other collected bits of paper and scraps.

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Each book is individually manufactured, and available from Container Corps.

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via This Just Inbox: Heavy-duty sketchbooks made from reclaimed wooden planks – Core77.

Hanes Vintage & Salvage — The Thrill of the Hunt…and Monster Centipedes

Check out this sweet post from Hanes Vintage and Salvage

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Today, we didn’t know for sure until 8:00 a.m. that our salvage operation was a “go.” But we finally got the green light and closed in on a 156 year old adobe in Old Town Albuquerque. The owners were renovating and had recycled all of the original beams, flooring and other items they could. They called us in to haul away the rest because they hated to throw it away. And we would have hated for them to throw it away, too.

It’s not every day you come across 156 year old lumber. The pile included planks, beams, and old oak tongue-and-groove flooring. Wouldn’t it have been terrible if that wonderful wood had wound up in a landfill? A tragedy!

Luckily, we were able to salvage all of this great wood. Being selfish, we plan to reclaim a lot of this wood for our own projects. But some of it may also wind up available to the public. We’ll keep you posted as we get this fantastic reclaimed wood sorted and graded.

In addition to the wood, we were able to salvage some fabulous rusted corrugated tin. This stuff is perfect for rustic garden projects. We’re going to use some of it as facing on a pair of large planters we’re building. We also got some old galvanized roofing corners that would make great projects, and some other interesting odds and ends.

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Performing salvage operations like this isn’t without potential hazards. Check out this monster centipede that crawled out from under a piece of corrugated tin while we were working. It measured at least six inches in length. The granddaddy of centipedes!

At the end of the day, we were so happy these clients called us. They needed the wood and other scrap hauled away to make room for a patio. We were pleased to do the hauling and help keep this wonderful wood out of the landfill.

We all scrambled for a second when this centipede crawled out from under a piece of corrugated tin we were salvaging!

Read this post and more via Hanes Vintage & Salvage — Architectural salvage, used building supplies, vintage furnishings & decor Buy & sell used building materials, furnishings, upcycled decor.

SALVAGING DETROIT CITY – YouTube

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Dutch artist Diederick Kraaijeveld went to Detroit Michigan to salvage wood from the many many abandoned buildings there. With the colored wood the artist builds monumental icons….in this case three ´Icons of Hope´ for a city in despair. See Kraaijeveld and his guide, urban explorer Dan, salvage wood from the abandoned Fisher Body Plant, the Lee Plaza Hotel and the Highland Police Station, to name a few. Filmed and directed by Gideon Elings (www.gideoncameracrew.nl)

via SALVAGING DETROIT CITY – YouTube.

Malachi Milbourn turns to old buildings for old-growth wood he turns into furniture | OregonLive.com

Malachi Milbourn sees stories in the wood he works. The 28-year-old North Portland resident finds and salvages pieces of old-growth wood from buildings throughout the state that are deconstructed or torn down.

He turns the wood into coffee tables, side tables, dinner tables and other furniture, then sells them through his business, Against the Grain. He has made furniture with wood from a Corvallis hops mill built in 1910, a Molalla barn built in 1900 and parts of the Oregon State Hospitals original building, which was partially demolished in 2010.

Against the Grain

On the Web:

againstthegrainpdx.com

By email:

malachimilbourn@yahoo.com

In person:

His North Portland studio, at 7401 N Albina Ave., is open by appointment only.

via Malachi Milbourn turns to old buildings for old-growth wood he turns into furniture | OregonLive.com.

Etsy: Salvaged wood and recycled coffee sack storage by RecycledBrooklyn

Salvaged wood and recycled coffee sack storage benches

There’s a cabinetry shop in the building where I keep my materials and man, do they throw a ton of usable stuff away. Heavy shipping crates, plywood, framing lumber….. you name it, they toss it. Anyway…..

Salvaged wood and recycled coffee sack storage benches

I grabbed a bunch of 2 x 3s the other day and used them to frame up some storage benches, a few of which you see here. The patchwork exteriors were made using wood salvaged from the old warehouses and defunct factories of north Brooklyn (oak columns, pine flooring, fir joists), the removable tops are made using recycled coffee sacks stitched together over a 2″ thick foam pad. The bench measures 50″ long by 20″ tall by 12″ deep, more than big enough to store a blanket or three.

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via Salvaged wood and recycled coffee sack storage by RecycledBrooklyn.

MDC Interiors’ Cool Calico Desk Is Made from a Medley of Reclaimed Wood Pieces | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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This gorgeous Calico Desk by MDC Interiors will add a bit of rustic charm to any interior space. Designed for a new series made with reclaimed wood salvaged locally from construction sites and discarded pallets from local warehouses and stores, each desk boasts a medley of colors, textures and depth to create one streamlined design. The front drawers of the desk are salvaged from a broken hutch, thus combining an old discarded piece of furniture to produce a functional desk. The chunky legs are taken from remnant 4×4 exterior wooden posts.

via MDC Interiors’ Cool Calico Desk Is Made from a Medley of Reclaimed Wood Pieces | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

weekly wrap up + ariele alasko | Design*Sponge

I’ve been waiting to write this all week, but wanted to hold off until the week’s end so it could be the top post for a few days in a row. Why? Because I love it that much. Designer and woodworker Ariele Alasko works from her studio in Brooklyn creating stunning furniture and lighting designs from salvaged materials. While the concept of working with salvaged wood and metal isn’t entirely new, I love how Ariele integrates subtle (and sometimes more pronounced) patterns into her work using just the raw materials. Kate first introduced us to her work last week (after seeing her on The Makers), and when I finally brought up her site, I think I literally yelled, “Oh WOW!” at the top of my lungs after seeing not only her work but also her incredible studio. Let’s just cut to the chase: there’s an entire wall of eucalyptus leaves arranged like an undulating wave (third photo below). I mean, come on. I kept staring at the photo online and saying, “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh.” Needless to say, Amy and I have already politely begged her for a home tour 😉

via weekly wrap up + ariele alasko | Design*Sponge.

Woodworker gives new life to reclaimed materials | SeacoastOnline.com

“Occasionally, my inspiration is so strong, I wake up at 2:30 in the morning to go to the workshop to continue working on a project just to see the end result,” said the 40-year-old owner of Rustique, a custom woodworking workshop located at the North Dam Mill in Biddeford.

 

For information on Bob McGrath’s work, visit www.antiquewoodcreations.com.

via Woodworker gives new life to reclaimed materials | SeacoastOnline.com.

The Mars Bar Lives Again: Wood From Razed Landmark Saved for Art Exhibit – DNAinfo.com

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That is why the bar, shuttered last summer, was included on a list of 12 razed “historical sites” where salvaged lumber will be used for a furniture-design exhibition.

The event, called 12 x 12, will pair a dozen contemporary furniture designers with lumber reclaimed from a dozen demolished New York City structures, including many with deep links to the city’s cultural, architectural and economic history.

 

via The Mars Bar Lives Again: Wood From Razed Landmark Saved for Art Exhibit – DNAinfo.com.

Vanillawood Hearts Reclaimed Wood

 

The Vanillawood design team source a lot of their treasures through Viridian Wood Products — see our prior coverage here and here — whose ever-changing inventory fuels their creativity.  Kricken loves to find surprising ways to incorporate the wood beyond flooring in her interiors, wrapping it around columns and creating cozy niches with wood-paneled walls. “It’s all about layering textures, colors and materials — and using those materials in unexpected ways!

To learn more about Vanillawood’s design projects and store, please visit their website.

via Vanillawood Hearts Reclaimed Wood.