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!

The Rescue

I’ve loved horses since seeing “The Black Stallion” as a kid.  A quiet kid and his horse. Bonded by what happened in Africa. It couldn’t get any more poignant to a child like me, obsessed with Africa and wildlife. I … Continue reading

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The Adirondack Coffee Table

It’s helpful to know a bit about a client when you are asked to make a custom order for them. In this table’s case, I’ve been in their home; I know their style. I also know that she could have … Continue reading

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The Kamikaze

If anyone hacked my phone (please don’t…that’s just not cool), they’d see an odd list saved under the notes section. It includes a pirates parody with Michael Bolton. Another from the Hoff. A link to strange animal pictures. Andy Samberg at his … Continue reading

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“Steampunk” End Table

This new item is available for purchase at Vine & Branches Gallery in Bennington, VT! Check out this store and many others in Bennington this Saturday during the 32nd anniversary of Mayfest! Thank you for shopping locally and supporting small businesses!    

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Live Edge Table/Bench

So much for building smaller pieces. This 9′ beauty was sanded, sealed, and then attached to a base I made from walnut bed frame pieces. Makes a great coffee table for a huge sectional or in a great room, or … Continue reading

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Party for One

People say that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. There’s a whole diet program based on this, promising that you can transform your life in as little as 21 days. Some say the 21 day habit thing is a … Continue reading

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Fire Pit Coffee Table

Finding/getting old fire pits is probably one of the greatest treasures to me. This one came to me a lot easier than last year’s find. (You may recall my running adventure where I found one discarded in the woods and … Continue reading

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