Tell us about your business.I have been a specialty carpenter for most of my life. I've been a Nevada resident for some time now a close friend would hear me complain all the time about "how I wish that life in general could be better" So they said do something about it! It was time to make a mark and the journey began. Tools were not the issue but the wood was another story as I'm in the middle of the desert and there is zero trees in existence. Going to the lumber yard to buy new wood is not only expensive! but not healthy to the environment. I wanted to reuse materials. I Reclaimed a bank in Tonopah Nevada that was built during the first silver mining boom in the USA and began to make a new beginnings from a great piece of history. I was making end grain cutting boards with some of the hardwood beams and thought how can I incorporate these designs with rustic themed furniture? Reclaimed Secrets was born! at that moment I knew what I wanted in my Furniture, Absolute harmony between material and history.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.I started in my garage at first which was a easy beginning but I reclaim material and can be quite a mess considering I use every last piece of the board and grew out of it very quickly and now Ive grown into a commercial shop, The walls and floor are green representing that my business is a upcycled business. I start with old boards and reclaim them into beautiful pieces of furniture that are one of a kind. Im involved with the arts district here in las vegas and featured in a gallery called unhinged which is geared only to handmade in las vegas. I also sell on etsy and craft fairs including first friday las vegas.
What inspires you?I like the historical values in the wood, I like the old growth materials, When I know the history behind the wood im using it makes me want to create a new story. I like to make eye catching promos that excite the veiwer. I can be quite abstract but I love to show the natural patinas so im not a absolute finisher in that aspect, but creating beauty nonetheless.
What makes your business stand out?I use quite a few techniques, but one that Ive been using as a stand out business is to use the chevron designs for the tops which are various intricate cuts of reclaimed hardwood.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Do what you want, Dont try and follow , lead! try as hard as you can, its going to take time and alot of hard work but the end result is priceless
What does American Made mean to you?Walking tall! Im from Detroit originally, I remember when things were made here in the usa! but now we only consume as china and other parts of the world use machines to pump out millions of products that are trash waiting to be in our landfills. I love the fact that im using pieces of history to create a new future
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