Blacksmith's Thoughts on Reclaimed Furniture

“Reclaimed” is one of the hottest words in design right now and designers are willing to pay a premium to use a reclaimed or repurposed piece. Many people love the sustainability aspect of using reclaimed furniture and décor rather than buying new, but a far greater majority of reclaimed consumers love the idea that something old has more intrinsic value because it was made with more craftsmanship and better materials. And, they are right! Let’s face it, no one is going to reclaim an Ikea Malm bed frame in 150 years to use as a table top. The same holds true for cheaply constructed ironwork available at even the highest-end furniture galleries in the country. No one will be able to re-purpose this material because it just will not last. 

So where does that leave us when the finite supply of well-built stuff from the pre-industrial world runs out? What happens when there are no more antique iron gates to cut up and use as table tops, and the world is sick of chandeliers made of pipe fittings from Home Depot?  

We will be ready. We will be right where we always are - forging furniture components on the anvil the same the way the first piece of iron furniture was built, and building the pieces that are handed down from generation to generation instead of dropped at Goodwill after not surviving a third move. And, when your grandkids’ grandkids want something to up-cycle or repurpose because they are sick of setting their drinks on a plastic cube, they'll find one of our tables in the family barn.

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