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    News — Weathered Wood

    New Barnwood Stock

    New Barnwood Stock

       Dotski Barn             Cheboygan, MI

    The Dotski barn was built in 1865. This was one of the first families to begin farming land in the Cheboygan area. Several roads are actually named after them and their later generations. The land originally farmed (over 2,000 acres) is still in the family to this day. The barn was built mainly of hemlock which falls under the pine category. All of its beams are hand hewn. We take a great amount of satisfaction in being able to salvage these beams and fashion them into beautiful, functional furniture. Keep checking back with us to see what these eventually are transformed into!

     

    Shelf it!

    Shelf it!

    We are always looking at our own house and trying to find ways to maximize living space. With four kids, a large dog, and a ton of "stuff" for playing and enjoying the lake, we feel packed in like sardines sometimes.... When we bought our present cottage it had a very small kitchen which I thought we would remodel. Well, its been over 3 years and several holiday events with everyone home, and we still have not had the time to get to the kitchen remodel. I needed more space for spices and condiments so I had the shop make me up some easy to hang shelving units. Then I got out my signature color and painted away. I like the results! These are made from the scraps of pallet wood we have lying around. They would go great in bedrooms, dorm rooms or bathrooms as well. Totally customizable to fit the space and decor.

    The Beer Tote & Valentines Day 2013

    The Beer Tote & Valentines Day 2013

    Great Lakes Reclaimed began on Valentines Day February 14, 2013.  Our beer tote was the first product we ever made.  I remember Lisa showing me a drawing of what she wanted me to build.  I went out to our shop and created our first beer tote a few days before Valentines Day.  I listed it on Etsy and distinctly remember reading their disclaimer that it could take 4-6 months before your first sale...That's like being named Noah and going around telling people it is never going to rain... We had our first sale two days later and then a wedding party from California wanted 7 with laser engraved names on each beer

     

    tote.   Great Lakes Reclaimed was off and running. We turned our dining room into a shipping department and had fedex pickups daily on our front porch.  We had great neighbors who never complained about the shop noise and the trucks going in and out of our driveway.... Never negate the day of small beginnings because when the holiday season arrives it can change fast....

      

    Christmas orders for 2013 went thru the roof.  We had over 400 beer totes in the Que.  I enlisted my son Matt and my 3 nephews to help us build.  It was a great introduction to the maker movement and how not to be ready for the holiday season...

    We moved back to Michigan in the summer of 2014 and opened our shop here in Petoskey.  We now make wine racks, furniture and home decor items.  We learned a lot these past four years and greatly appreciate all of you who have ordered from us and entrusted us with making you a high quality product.  Jim

        

     

     

     

    Wine Tasting Table for Rudbekiah Winery

    Wine Tasting Table for Rudbekiah Winery

    I have to say that this table was one fun table to build.  The property the winery is located on is an old family farm here in Petoskey, MI.  The bar was built out of the wood from the old outbuildings from the farm.  The owners asked us to match the table and legs to the color of the bar and top.  It was a little tricky to say the least but we ended up getting a pretty good match.  The owners were very happy and have had many a good party on that table... We do like to customize and never shy away from a unique project... Jim

    The Barn Wood Door

    The Barn Wood Door

    Every once in a while we come upon a design piece that really floats our boat! These sliding doors that simply slide over your door opening give an instant feel to the room as well as being super practical.  Saving space was how we backed into this one. We had a laundry room in an entry hallway that had a door that opened right into the tiny laundry space, taking up a wall where we wanted to have cabinets and storage. The slider door was the answer. Removing that hinged door was a happy day in our household and the look and artful touch the weathered barn wood added was a solid bonus!