How does your furniture make you feel?

How does your furniture make you feel?

Pride!  It's that simple for us.   We are proud to play a role in salvaging beautiful lumber and transforming it into amazing furniture.  It is great to know that our customers get just as excited about saving old growth lumber.  We enjoy sharing the stories behind our materials and...

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Be human and go make change.

Be human and go make change.
As we continue to connect with contractors, developers and homeowners that understand the value of the past, present and future, we find opportunities to salvage the bones of structures being cleared for progress.   We take the materials and continue to do what we as humans do best, change it!  

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Filming Our story with with Land Rover!

 

So excited to finally share this! I couldn't be happier with the end result of this video project we filmed with Land Rover! It gave us the opportunity to show the true story of the wood full circle. I didn’t just want to make another woodshop video, I wanted to show where it all starts with the gritty but rewarding process of reclaiming this gorgeous old wood that has a storied past from century-old American buildings. I feel so fortunate to have worked on this with the creative and talented producers and directors for Land Rover. 

It would be hard to believe but I spent 7, long 12 hour days shooting the footage for this short 2 minute video. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the work I do everyday, compared to the life of an actor!  This was perhaps the most challenging but also most rewarding project I have ever done but the end result made it so worth it. 

On a side note, I'm excited that we have a new/oldish team member who is not only doing our Lumber supply and helped to set up many of the scenes for this video, but also is now shooting video for UWG on site where we reclaim our lumber. Kyle might be seen on Instagram or coming up in future blog posts and on our You Tube channel showing off his fancy drone filming skills and sharing his passion for salvaging Old Growth lumber for us!

 

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Reclaiming lumber from a 1905 Church in Chicago

We are currently reclaiming all of the lumber from this amazing deconstruction and renovation of a Church in Chicago that was built in 1905.  It is located at 914 N Hoyne in Chicago and is the home of a former Church and school that was built 113 years ago. The lumber inside is at least twice as old!

One of the most exciting and gratifying parts about salvaging material from historic buildings is getting to see the building still standing in its present state before the wood comes out, where we also have access to capture photography. In many cases with historic buildings the wood is salvaged from the interior and the original structure is restored and kept in tact to be converted for other purposes such as condos which is the case with this church and school.

 

 

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Deconstruction in Downtown Dubuque Iowa

Deconstruction in Downtown Dubuque Iowa

The lead foremen Vance and his crew did a truly fantastic job harvesting these old growth floor joists from this old early 1900's building. Very little wasted on this "demolition" project. Vance has hauled numerous loads of fixtures, flooring, 5" antique wainscoating, subflooring, even 2x4's to his store Antiques &...

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