When Katie and Don Bell built their new house, they wanted furniture that fit their family as well as their house. Katie was not able to find a kitchen table large enough to seat all ten of them. She wanted the look of an old farmhouse table. When she heard about Woodworks at the ReSource Yard, she contacted Shawn Hoven, the woodworker responsible for managing the Woodworks program. Woodworks is a program through environmental nonprofit ReSource, that upcycles materials into custom high quality furniture and accessories.
Shawn came to the aid of the Bells. Katie says, “We tossed around some ideas and it is exactly what I wanted. It is absolutely gorgeous.” What she didn’t expect was the detail on two edges of the table and the ends of the benches that add character. “I am surprised at how much more I like it than I thought I would . . . The table gets so much action with school work and art projects and after-school snacks. It is a gathering place for the family.”
After that, there was no question of where to go for more furniture. The desk Don wanted is beautiful as well, and built to fit the specified space perfectly. The dining room table and sideboard have matching decorative features that are repeated in the handmade chairs. When they decided they wanted a huge table outside, big enough to provide a feeling of “being in Tuscany with lots of kids and people and food,” Katie consulted Shawn again, telling him she wanted “a table like you sent me before, but cooler”, and to Katie’s pleasure that is what she got it! That table is made of beams from a barn; the chairs and coffee table for the patio are made from decking. Both give a sense of “history not available with furniture purchased from a store.”
“I am so impressed with both Shawn and Woodworks. Shawn is a craftsman who does beautiful work. His furniture is functional art that we use every day. Woodworks is such a neat place. They know how to make things practical and at a good price.”
Shawn says Woodworks’ focus is on “reclaiming and upcycling – saving things from the landfill and making them into something else,” primarily furniture and home accessories. Sometimes the materials themselves suggest a use. Much of what they do is custom work for both individuals and companies such as Whole Foods, Pica, Cured, and the ReMax at Baseline and Foothills Parkway. Besides the ReSource Yard at 6400 Arapahoe, their products are available at Factory Made and at Re, both on 21st Street and Pearl. With Christmas so soon, there is no time to have a special gift made, but gift cards are available at the ReSource Yard Boulder. Merry Christmas!
The ReSource, is a non-profit organization that implements programs for the Front Range including (deconstruction/Re-use), Energy, and Water conservation programs. Visit conservationcenter.org or call the CRC for further information at 303.999.3820.