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19 North Harrison Street
Shelbyville, IN, 46176
United States


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.


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.

Is Knowledge Power

angela crouse

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The entire time I was in my 20's and 30's all I heard was how much wiser I would be when I was older. This thought always made me wonder... would I suddenly find great wisdom? Would I make wiser choices... Surround myself with others that also had acquired such great knowledge and learn from them? How would this happen?  Would I condense all the knowledge being bestowed upon me by those who had loved and learned as I traveled through life's trials and tribulations... ( That was me trying to be wise! That is as good as it gets, by the way.)  Would I learn from my mistakes? If that's the case would I eventually stop making so many mistakes of my own and become wise?

Take risks! Be cautious! Don't blink! Follow your heart! Live and Learn! Seriously, all the advice seems so contradictory. As I have settled into my late 40's (settled-kicking and screaming mixed with denial, by the way!) I have learned that I do not know more now than I did in my earlier years. What I do have is more questions. I have more ambitions and dreams. Granted they are much different than they used to be; still there are not fewer in number. Mistakes and doubt still fuel my mind. Where is this land of wisdom?

I have come upon one  piece of knowledge. Just one really. It is not age that makes the difference: it is the person. Regardless if you are a 20 something, a 40 something, or  headed into your late 60's, it is that desire that burns inside of you that makes your life amazing. Some of us never learn from our mistakes. Some of us lean to be too cautious and limit our possibilities. While some of us fall into a realization that wisdom is not something you acquire with age. Instead it is something that happens without noticing it. The more challenges we accept, the more people we meet, and the farther we travel, the wiser we become. Knowledge isn't a destination it is the journey.