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Reclaimed is a business centered around my love for the natural environment, woodworking, and art. I’ve always been into woodworking, art, and the natural environment. I grew up in a home where gifts that were handmade, were treasured more than gifts that were bought. I learned much of what I know from watching my dad work in his wood shop, everything else I learned by trial and error.

I originally started working with salvaged wood and framing back in 2002. I started by collecting old dune fence from beaches on Long Beach Island. I used the old dune fence to make a few small boxes and to frame some of my own photographs as gifts for friends and family members. My first frames were made while attending Unity College in Maine. In my senior year I was assigned a project for my environmental stewardship class to leave a legacy at the school. I chose to frame photos that I took of…

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  • Male
  • Born on October 29
  • Joined September 7, 2011

Favorite materials

salvaged cedar, knotty pine, recycled champagne corks, wine corks

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About

Reclaimed is a business centered around my love for the natural environment, woodworking, and art. I’ve always been into woodworking, art, and the natural environment. I grew up in a home where gifts that were handmade, were treasured more than gifts that were bought. I learned much of what I know from watching my dad work in his wood shop, everything else I learned by trial and error.

I originally started working with salvaged wood and framing back in 2002. I started by collecting old dune fence from beaches on Long Beach Island. I used the old dune fence to make a few small boxes and to frame some of my own photographs as gifts for friends and family members. My first frames were made while attending Unity College in Maine. In my senior year I was assigned a project for my environmental stewardship class to leave a legacy at the school. I chose to frame photos that I took of the school while studying there. I framed them using the salvaged dune fence. The piece was hung in a hallway outside a classroom.

After college I returned to work in New Jersey and then I started framing my own photographs of my work with rare wildlife in New Jersey. Many were sold at fundraisers for the organization I work for: Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. During this time I’ve begun to become quite the collector of salvaged wood. While at work or play I always keep my eye out for anything that I think could be re-purposed. I also collect wood to help reduce this type of materials out of the waste stream. Some estimates but construction and wood waste at 28% of the waste stream.

I’ve collected a bunch of salvaged wood throughout southern and coastal NJ. From old cedar fencing collected at Dennisville Fence to tongue and groove cedar that was salvaged from my friend’s house in Barnegat Light when he decided to remodel. I love working with salvaged wood because of it’s history and wear/tear. I some cases it can tell a story of its past use.

All materials that I sell are hand made in New Gretna, NJ. The salvaged wood that I find is re-purposed or “upcycled” into very unique wood frames, furniture, and other treasures. I officially started my own business named: reclaimed LLC, in July 2011. I formally had another store on Etsy (username: southmaple24) since 2009 but started this new store with a name that closely resembles my new businesses name.

I'd be happy to create a custom item for you! Need a frame for a mirror or artwork? Send me a message here on Etsy or email me @ ben(dot)wurst@gmail(dot)com.

check out my work on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reclaimednj

read my blog for how-to posts, photos of salvaged sculptures, cork boards, and more: http://reclaimednj.com

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