Our Material Choices: Upcycling Reclaimed Wood for the Conservation of Trees and Their Stories

Our Material Choices: Upcycling Reclaimed Wood for the Conservation of Trees and Their Stories

At Provenance Made, we have a deep love and respect for old growth trees and the unique qualities they provide. That's why we choose to upcycle, using reclaimed pieces of rare and storied woods to create our art. We believe in giving these woods a new life and a chance to tell their story.

The beauty of reclaimed wood lies in its character and history. We appreciate the intricate grain patterns, textures, and elements that these trees possess. In today's world, most of the wood used is grown as a crop, with trees cut and replanted for farming purposes. However, ancient trees and old growth forests take centuries to grow and develop, and once they're gone, they cannot be replaced.

Our reclaimed wood comes from various sources and has lived through many stages of life. It could have been a table leg in a school house or a presentation podium in an art museum. These pieces of wood have witnessed countless memories and have a unique story to tell.

In a disposable world, it's easy to replace an old table or chair. However, we believe in the importance of preserving the stories these objects carry with them. By using reclaimed wood, we aim to give these materials a new purpose and a chance to continue contributing to our lives.

Whether we're repairing old furniture or crafting a knife handle from a reclaimed piece of wood, our goal is to create beautiful, functional art that carries the spirit of the tree from which it came and the people with whom it interfaced. When you hold one of our creations, you're not only experiencing a piece of art but also a piece of history.

At Provenance Made, we're dedicated to upcycling reclaimed wood, preserving old growth trees, and sharing the extraordinary stories of these precious materials. By making conscious choices in our craftsmanship, we strive to honor the contributions of trees to our lives and the incredible journey each piece of wood has taken.


Photo of Bien Hecho's woodshop, Brooklyn. Photographer: James Wade

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