Getting our daughter to go to sleep at night can sometime be a chore ever since she switched to her toddler bed. She seems to decide she wants to stay up especially on nights that we have a lot of orders to fulfill. Now I’m only human and can only read so many stories in the dim light of her room without the urge myself to fall asleep myself. So I started the bedtime process by watching something that was completely boring to her on Netflix then moved to reading only one or two books to finish putting her to bed. One of those shows I really started watching was Black Dawg Salvage. The show instantly struck a cord with me as they take and reuse different pieces from old homes/buildings and sell them to be re-purposed.
One day I got bored and googled to see if Dayton, Ohio had any place similar where I could by reclaimed items and start incorporating the material into laser engraved items. It turns out that we happen to have a great place called Dayton Restoration and Reclamation and their warehouse isn’t far from where we live. When I stopped by I was amazed at the selection and it wasn’t long before I had a shopping cart filled with items for a Christmas gift. So I went home with my new (to me) treasures and built a six pack holder and had Cara come up with a design for the intended recipient. The beer caddy is built with an old painted board as the shell, a spindle for the handle, a piece of flooring as the inside dividers, and some old fencing as the sides. The pictures don’t really do it justice, but filled with a six pack of Breckenridge Christmas Ale it was the hit of the Christmas party.
Needless to say that we’ve been back to Dayton Restoration and Reclamation several times since the first trip. We’re coming up with a line of products from the old lumber and have taken many orders for customized items including some furniture. I’ll keep posting some of our projects with reclaimed wood here as we complete them.