2015 - Volume #39, Issue #5, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Farm Store Showcases Barn Wood
“The many years of use leaves really beautiful wood,” she says. “The patina from wear and age when sealed produces vibrant colors.”
Most of their wood and customers come from Minnesota and South Dakota. While the store showcases finished work, Delite says most of Tom’s work is special order. The Ludwigsons offer wood and decorative items made from it in a variety of styles.
Tom, a farmer and woodworker, first added a barn wood ceiling in a new room in their house. A friend wanted one like it. Soon Tom was building furniture from the recycled wood, and the business grew. Delite added her interior decorating talents, and they now offer furniture and home decor in a store near their farm.
In addition to wood for ceilings, decorative items and furniture, Tom also makes staircases, mantles and fireplace surrounds. Delite reports that barn wood barn doors are increasing in popularity.
“Tom has made quite a few barn doors to hang on tracks for restaurants and residences,” says Delite. “In homes, the doors are used for closets and bathrooms.”
No matter the popularity, the Ludvigsons aren’t worried about running out of wood. They get more calls about available barns than they have time to take down.
The amount of work done on the wood depends on the shape it is in and its end use. Tom has his own heating process to “de-bug” the wood. It is then cleaned and sanded to take excess residue off before it’s cut and sealed.
“How much he does depends on the customer,” says Delite. “Every piece is unique.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, T and D Barnwood Rustics, 340 Oak Street, Dawson, Minn. 56232 (ph 605 695-5292; email@example.com; www.tanddbarnwoodrustics.com).
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