Art & Furnishings ~ Reclaimed Wood & Found Objects

Durham, North Carolina
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Last updated on Oct 4, 2022

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On Etsy since 2013

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I make one of a kind pieces of furniture, art, and decor from reclaimed wood and found objects in my shop on 3 wooded acres with a creek in Efland, NC

I started building art and furniture from salvaged wood while living in LA in the 1990's. I was inspired by folk artists whose work I had seen in galleries and at flea markets and by the pieces of wood and metal I was salvaging and working with. I was pulled to return to this work and spend more time with it ever since .

After dabbling and occasionally making pieces in my spare time while working professionally as a remodeling contractor, I decided to devote myself full-time to Wood Art in the Spring of 2013.

I took a leap of faith and applied for a space at the Durham Craft Market (a juried market since 2002), and I was accepted! I set up my booth each Saturday and found that people loved what I was making as well as my ethos of using 100% salvaged materials, the older the better.

The majority of the wood used in my work is salvaged from barns and houses that were built in the range of the late 1800s to the 1940s. I clean up the materials and allow their natural aged patina to shine. I do not add paint or do any faux finishing in my shop.

Since starting at the Craft market, I have had a steady stream of custom orders I've been selling pieces at the market and at art and craft shows. Etsy has also been very good to me.

I love my work! I get to go out and salvage materials, play in my country shop and make fun art and artful furnishings, and I get to recycle and reuse and practice historic preservation by cataloging the origin of my materials on my blog.

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  • Mark Cool

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Mark Cool is a carpenter and artist based in Durham, NC making folk art and furnishings from reclaimed wood and found objects.

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Last updated on May 10, 2022
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All of the items here are made from reclaimed and found materials, with much love. Each one has a story. I write a blog post for everything I make with a description of the item and an accounting of where the materials came from and from what time period.

If you don't see exactly what you're looking for here, but like the style, ask me for a quote for a custom item. I am glad to make an item to your specifications..

You can see more of my work and read some of the stories at my website, woodart.ivegotahammer.com

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If you are unhappy with an item I will refund 100% of your purchase price.
Shipping to US and Canada.

For furniture items and some larger wall hangings, shipping will be calculated for your location. Please email me with your address for a shipping quote.

I will ship via Fedex, UPS, USPS, and sometimes I am able to use independent freight companies to save you money.
For a better price on larger items, I can ship via Greyhound Freight. They will deliver to addresses within 15 miles of a Greyhound bus station, or you can save a bit more by picking up at your local station.

Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and non-continental US addresses may cost extra even for smaller art pieces, please inquire.