Thursday, January 31, 2013

Philadelphia Home Show Contest

As you may or may not know, we have been invited to help Denise Sabia of The Painted Home in her Designer of the Year room at the Philadelphia Home Show.  The show runs from February 2nd through the 10th and Jay has made a few amazing pieces to be included in the room.

A couple sneak peeks...

So without further ado, we are having a CONTEST!

Enter here by 1PM EST, February 1st for your chance to win! Just leave a comment and we will select one random person to win two tickets to the Philadelphia Home Show.  

More information on the home show can be found here.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mancycle Project

Jay and Mark have been working on a mancycle project.

Mockup of Mancycle

Friday, January 11, 2013

Preparing for the Philadelphia Home Show

At JC Woodworking/Reclaimed Relics, we have begun to prepare for the 2013 Philadelphia Home Show.  We have been invited to join Denise Sabia of The Painted Home in her Designer of the Year room, and we are very excited to have this opportunity.

The show runs from February 2-10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the official website.

Check out this video of Jay and Elijah getting ready.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Scranton Lace Factory

We have had the tremendous privilege to have been on NatGeo's show Abandoned.  The pilot episode, which aired in December of 2011, featured Jay and his buddies Mark and Dan exploring the Scranton Lace Factory.  They found many unique and salvageable items which they then brought out of the factory to refurbish or sell.

We ended up becoming good friends with the owner and were given the opportunity to explore the factory more deeply.

Check it out in the video below.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Maine Lake Resources Center

 The beams used in this building have an interesting background.  They came from four different barns, but the majority came from one particular barn located in Indiana County, PA which dated to the mid-1800s.

Taken from Maine Lake Resource Center
The beams ended up coming from 4 different barns, but the majority came from a barn near Homer City, Indiana County Pa and dates to the mid 1800's. 
It was at one time a thriving farm, but had been unused since the early 1900's. There is a crazy and true story that goes with it......There was a single man (never did marry) who was apparently a real 'son of a gun' and unliked by everyone in town (he sounds like Mr. Potter from "It's a Wonderful Life").

During the depression, he started buying up all the properties near Homer City as well as the local bank. He was a billionaire by the time he died. There was a couple that worked for him their entire life (practically as slaves...they were living below the poverty line). They were the Bourke's.

Near his death, someone asked him (and the man who dismantled this for us actually met the old man who had this conversation) what he would do with all his money since he had no family. He said he didn't know or care. The man told him to make sure he took care of the Bourke's as they worked hard for him their whole life. He left the Bourke's everything.
Including this farm. They died as billionaires, who left everything to their son who sold the barn. He wears ripped jeans and t-shirts, works restoring houses because he likes to and still lives in Indiana County. True story. So I think of this as Mr. Potter's Barn. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Antique Shutters as Interior Decorations

It is sometimes difficult to take something we see everyday in one application and re-imagine it as something else.  Check out these great creative ways to incorporate them into your living spaces.

Shutter Wall

Olive and Love's Shutter Wall
Dining Room Shutters

Shutter Ceiling

Ella Dining Room & Bar

Shutter Headboard

Tutorial via HGTV

Shutter Table

Tutorial via HGTV

Chalkboard Shutter Menu Sign

Menu Sign

Shutter Side Table

Tutorial via Good Housekeeping

Shutter Shelf

Tutorial via Serendipity Chic Design
Shutter Shelf via BHG

Photo & Card Holder

Shutter Wall Art at BHG

Room Divider

How-To at ideasmag

Kitchen Organizer

via ideasmag

Check out our Reclaimed Relics eBay store for available shutters

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Welcome to Reclaimed America

Hello and welcome to our blog, Reclaimed America!

This blog is a composite brought to you by JC Woodworking, and Reclaimed Relics.  With a passion for American history and saving items which may otherwise be overlooked or thrown away, we specialize in reclaimed wood, early American wooden structures, and antiques.

JC Woodworking specializes in antique lumber and early American wooden structures.  We offer reclaimed flooring, siding and beams in addition to entire structures which are carefully tagged and dismantled to be reassembled on your property.  To see more, visit our website at or on Facebook.

JC Woodworking’s sister company, Reclaimed Relics, specializes in finding treasures in some of America’s oldest buildings.  We sell industrial, primitive and architectural antiques.  While some items are sold in their original vintage condition, some are re-purposed into high end furnishings.  Reclaimed Relics was featured on NatGeo’s series Abandoned in August of 2012.  

With this blog, we will aim to offer tips for working with reclaimed materials, interior decorating with antiques, tutorials for upcycling items, updates on historical aspects of any of our projects, video updates, and anything else that may be happening around the shop, office, or yard.

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you come back soon!