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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Reclaimed Woodworking

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Reclaimed Woodworking

If you follow us on Instagram > http://instagram.com/ohiovalleyreclaimed - you may know that I recently dropped a hand hewn barn beam on my hand as I was organizing some of the wood storage. Below is the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY of it all. THE GOOD - I was lucky enough to have escaped what should have been a broken hand. I'm incredibly fortunate to have never broken a bone (I have plenty of wood around to knock on as I write this), and I'm really happy that I've managed to evade anything more than sprains and bumps and bruises...

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A First Trip to a Local Brewery and the Community of Makers

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A First Trip to a Local Brewery and the Community of Makers

I recently had the pleasure of visiting another of Cincinnati's breweries, Nine Giant, for the first time. As a lover of beer - and the entire fermented beverage category - I was excited to experience the primary product, beer. I was able to taste a couple different varieties and was pleased with each I tried. The quality of the beer was top notch. What struck me most, though, was the space and the story of community that I learned about. It was clear that owners, Brandon and Mike, had a clear vision for the kind of experience they wanted to...

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A Family Trip to Chicago

A Family Trip to Chicago

As many of you know, I'm a father of two beautiful daughters. We recently took a short trip to Chicago, IL and we had an absolute blast, but one of the things that struck me about the experience was how often we ran into work that either was, or was fabricated to look like, reclaimed wood. As a maker, one becomes very intrigued by the way things are put together. I make a habit of sneaking looks under tables to see if I can find a brand mark or name, and I often share thoughts about work well done. That...

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Reclaimed Wood Coffee Cart Tops for Local Coffee Shop

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Reclaimed Wood Coffee Cart Tops for Local Coffee Shop

We love projects that have a cool story, and the Kiro Coffee project was a perfect one.  Kiro (named after "Chiro" in Chiropractor) was founded by a local Chiropractor who was inspired - in some ways - by the heroin epidemic. Read more about their mission and the inspiration behind their delicious coffee here: About Kiro Coffee. So, Kiro Coffee's founder came to us to see if we could use wood that they had to make some custom coffee cart tops for their new location, and we were happy to help.  The wood had come from the old Stearns & Foster...

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Building New with Old

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Building New with Old

I was asked not too long ago if I could use some old wood that a family already had to make something for them. My immediate response was "absolutely", but the question made me think I should tell a short story to illustrate the point that I actually prefer working with materials that have a deeper meaning. Working with reclaimed wood, recycled materials, salvaged wood or salvaged materials means that we get to bring new life to something that was otherwise considered worthless, but taking something that - even when in a deteriorated state - means something to someone and...

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