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Angie 

19 North Harrison Street
Shelbyville, IN, 46176
United States

317-604-3689

America's heritage has stood in the fields and beside farm houses for over a century in the form of barns. Historic barns are becoming more difficult to find, and due to the increase in comercially zoned land are being destroyed. Reclaimed Barns & Beams reclaims the wood from these hand hewed, pinned barns that have stood the tests of time. It is our hope that we can transform this wood into vintage farm tables, chairs, ceiling beams, mantles and more. This will give us a chance to keep the history of these barns alive and with us for years to come.

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It can be a crowbar, a hammer, or a chainsaw in my hand. I love the work. There is something exciting to me about being in these old barns. You never know what you will find or what someone else will create from what I find. The work is hard, tiring, and so very dirty, but I just love doing it. 

Reclaimed Barns & Beams provides lumber to those who create using historic wood that has a story.
Angie

What Does Live Edge Mean

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 Live Edge Lumber

Live Edge Lumber

There just really are a lot of terms thrown around in the woodworking world. Milled, green, old growth and live edge to name a few. What is this live edge idea that people are talking about? 

Live edge wood, also known as natural edge wood, involves leaving surfaces of wood such as bark, gnarled pieces with knots, holes, and curved spaces within a piece, bringing out the natural shape of the tree. Live edge wood started as part of the Arts and Crafts movement in America in the 1880s to the 1910s, and then Japan in 1940s. Artists and interior designers classify some pieces of live edge wood as Western or rustic. Live edge wood keeps the original lines of the trunk along its edges, portraying the wood in its very naturalistic and raw state.

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Live Edge describes the shape of the edge of the table top, shelf, or desk top being created.  Often the bark is carefully removed from the lumber without disrupting the natural appearance of the edge. This allows for unique character and a smoother surface to be seen along the edge of the piece. Our furniture built with live edge wood is custom hand sanded and coated with an acrylic just like all of our other furniture. Rustic characteristics of the wood remain and knots are filled to avoid an uneven surface, but remain visible. The natural beauty is maintained. As beautiful and unique as the trees they are produced from, live edge wood refers to the natural edge of the wood under the bark after it is removed, but some beautiful designs allow for the bark to stay. This is often considered a more rustic and bold choice. 

For centuries the live edge look has stayed popular. Live edge furniture will have the same generational life expectancy of all our other furniture. It can be found in  Cherry, Oak, Maple, and Black Walnut. Live edge furniture is completely original by definition. No two pieces of live edge furniture can ever be exactly alike. Further, live edge can combine the rustic appeal of solid wood furniture with the refined appearance of upmarket design.