My family has owned and operated a custom woodwork and handmade furniture shop for the last seventy years. Every one of us reuse wood from barns or farm outbuildings that are falling down, hazardous or simply no longer useful. Many times, the owners are at a loss as to how to safely take down and clear away these structures. The job requires specialized devices and knowledge. These barns and outbuildings are typically old, with rich histories. Yet by reusing the wood, all of us supply the wood with renewed life. Without our efforts, the structures would collapse, be burned, or end up in a dump. Instead, the reused wood is repurposed into custom built furniture. Working with reused wood rather than fresh cut lumber requires a particular way of crafting each piece. The lumber often includes trim pieces, has holes, scars, or leftover paint. Every one of us work closely with our customers to craft a piece of furniture which meets their vision. From the sanding and staining to any knobs or pulls, it’s a detailed, challenging and thoroughly rewarding process. The finished piece is one-of-a-kind and will stand the test of time. Most of our customers prefer to be involved in the building process, working with one of our craftsmen at every stage, and providing opinions. Some customers are ecstatic with simply selecting the wood, specifying their goals, and then waiting for the end result. My woodworking company can also supply lumber for those people who want to try a do-it-yourself project. However, building a functional and charming piece of custom furniture isn’t all that self-explanatory–we often receive calls asking for advice or assistance. Although our custom built pieces are a bit more lavishly priced than a mass produced product, there is no comparison in quality.