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Our goal at Farmhouse
Gear is not to make new furniture using old wood, but rather to make
pieces of furniture that appear to have been made hundreds of years
ago, and have simply been brought back to life.
To create this effect we use reclaimed
lumber from many sources, including old barns, doors, shipping crates
and even parts salvaged from old furniture. For example, in several of
our coffee tables we use old dovetailed drawers to really lend a
feeling of authenticity to our pieces.
At Farmhouse Gear we try
to keep the wood as close to its original state as we can. Very few
pieces are ever planed down and are sanded just enough to clean the
dirt and reveal the beautiful patina of the wood underneath.
Our painted pieces are usually done with several layers of old
fashioned milk paint using techniques that have been developed over
years of trial and error. Sometimes, it takes as many hours to paint
the piece as it does to make it.
Brian Downey at