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!

Pallet Bar Set

One of a kind pallet high top table with two comfy, wide bar stools. The tabletop and seats are finished with 320 grit, making them very smooth. Made 100% from recycled materials! Three piece set (table, two stools):  $165.00  (East … Continue reading

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Treehouse Bird Feeder

Word is out that this is the place to come if you are an animal in need of a meal. I’m impatiently waiting for Diesel to come out of his den. I miss my little buddy. The recent blizzard not … Continue reading

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Burl Table

Waiting for wood to season is like waiting for a kettle to boil. Times 100,000,000. I’ve been eyeing up this burl for years. And once I saw what the slices looked like, I HAD to build something with it. Immediately. Apparently bar-top … Continue reading

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Bottle Bird Feeder

There was a glorious stretch of warm weather (50’s and 60’s) recently that melted all of the snow. The birds and I came out of hibernation mode. And, keeping with my basic instincts, I naturally had to feed the wildlife … Continue reading

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Pallet rack w/ earring holder

A modern twist on a classic pallet rack!  I got back to my roots a bit this week and repurposed some wooden pallets. Over the years, I’ve worked with pallets to transform them into wine racks, magazine holders, book racks, hat/scarf … Continue reading

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Lincoln Log Bench

I have a super power. For some odd reason, my brain automatically combines idioms. I don’t have to even think about it; it just happens. Not sure when it started, but it’s second nature to me now. When I consciously try … Continue reading

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Growth Chart

Until recently, there was an old apple tree that stood alone on a hillside overlooking the Bennington valley. If you’ve ever been apple picking or you’ve seen an orchard with these gnarled specimens, you are aware that apple trees are not known … Continue reading

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