Author Archives: Mel

About Mel

My name is Mel, and I split my time living, working and playing in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern Vermont. I'm a reclaimed wood artist who loves to continually find ways to repurpose wood and give it new life. "Nature Calls: Reclaimed Wood Designs" is my business dedicated to doing that! Thanks for stopping by!

Adirondack Chairs

It’s not uncommon for tractors to drive up and down the mountain. But for a tractor to come right up to me with an old Orvis Adirondack fish chair in its bucket, then drop the chair in front of me … Continue reading

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The Wine Table

One. Last. Show. I ran two full marathons in my life: sheer euphoria and pure hell wrapped up in a not-so-tidy 26.2 mile package. This show season reminds me of the months of training for those and then running the … Continue reading

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Small Stuff

Vermont’s unpredictable weather followed me to Montauk for the two-day craft fair out there last weekend. Gone are the days where you wake up and check weather.com or an app for an accurate reading. I now understand why Vermonters just … Continue reading

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Cedar Hope Chest

It all started with a pile of 100-year old cedar siding reclaimed from a house near Stratton, Vermont that a contractor was going to use for a bonfire. (Yeah. I sorta freaked out when I heard that.) The salvaged cedar … Continue reading

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Garlic Fest 2017!

It’s a beautiful day in southern Vermont to attend the 22nd annual Garlic Fest, going on all weekend at Camelot Village in Bennington, Vermont! Roam around and enjoy tons of free samples, buy gifts, participate in cooking demonstrations, listen to … Continue reading

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Barn beam end tables

So simple. Yet so much character. Hand hewn barn beams from a 200 year old barn in the Adirondacks… …repurposed into one of a kind matching end tables. Sanded and sealed with lacquer. Own a piece of history!   Barn … Continue reading

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German Beer Hall Table

  I had an idea for this 6′ x 2′ metal frame even before I purchased it from my buddy’s pickup truck. (These encounters in parking lots must look super shady…) Metal frame + matte paint + barnwood = a … Continue reading

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