I have been thinking about this blog for about a year but I just never quite had the narrative. But then a few days ago this happened:
Then there was this on NPR:
I have been seeing furniture made with reclaimed wood for several years. In the beginning, it was a few local builders that started showing up with some traditional looking pieces:
And a few novel pieces:
Then it started showing up are some larger shows and stores:
I’m not sure what this is:
I know what this is:
Now it’s showing up at your favorite mall furniture store. Just go check out West Restoration Pottery Barrel. You’ll find things like this:
And there is this desk:
Sometimes there is an explanation:
Not all the furniture is pine. This cabinet is not from around here:
Somehow they got the peroba from South America to Vietnam. The question is why.
We’ve only been contemplating the wood. Let’s consider technique for a minute. Look at the doors on the Clive Bar Cabinet:
But examine the interior for construction details:
With a view from above explaining everything:
Knowing how versatile and desirable reclaimed wood is, we need to prepare for the eventual loss of supply. One day, it might not be availble.
WIth this in mind, I came across the following in a big box harware store:
Available in several colors:
I have a development deal with one of the basic cable channels. We’re working on a show all about building tiny houses from reclaimed farm tables.