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 Cabin

There’s a lyric in a song I love from Manchester Orchestra, “You made a pact with God: if you don’t move I swear I’m gonna make ya.” It’s been a wild ride this past decade, working primarily out of empty … Continue reading

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The Tiny House

  Happy New Year! Where did 2018 go?? I disappeared for most of 2018 to build a custom luxury tiny house.  (Insert as many happy emojis here as possible.) 2018 was the first year stepping back from shows, festivals, and … Continue reading

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Adirondack wedding decor

Despite taking a break from shows/festivals this year and limiting custom orders due to my current job, I was excited to help create custom pieces for an Adirondack wedding this past October. I met this sweet couple at Gore Mountain … Continue reading

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Pallet wine bench w/ matching end tables

Last year, I was traveling almost every weekend in the summer and fall due to a heavy show schedule. It was wonderful to meet new clients/friends, reconnect with old ones that I usually only see once a year, and sell … Continue reading

Posted in bench, pallet loveseats, pallets, Reclaimed wood, rustic decor

The “Flitch-n-Stitch”

I haven’t taken much time recently to build non-custom pieces, but yesterday, I did it out of necessity. Somehow in the past year, I turned into an antique sewing machine table hoarder. How that happened, I have no idea.  The … Continue reading

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Farmhouse Window

With a little patience and the right materials, you can turn any old window into an antique mirror:  

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Happy New Year, friends! I know; I have been M.I.A. for most of the summer and fall (and now winter…where does the time go?!). Besides having the most busy show year ever with events almost every weekend in various states, … Continue reading

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