Rockwall integrate crafts furnishings from reclaimed wood

May 16, 2015 - photo frame

Cliff and Jan May Hand have done careers out of woodworking.

Owners of Recherché Furnishings, a tradition seat manufacturer in Rowlett, a dual see total possibilities in a healthy material, most of it reclaimed.

Their creativity warranted them a Ebby Halliday Maurice Acers Business/Industry Leadership Award from Keep Texas Beautiful.

The annual eminence is presented by a statewide nonprofit to a Texas business that works to strengthen a environment.

“We live and breathe this,” Jan says. “Every 6 months we launch something new.”

It wasn’t always that way. Until 2010, a integrate had careers in other professions: Jan as a health caring executive and Cliff as an promotion and pattern professional.

A possibility eventuality incited them in another direction.

“I suspicion I’d make a petrify list for a dining room,” Cliff says. “I done a list from Sakrete from Home Depot. Folks would wish to feel it and demeanour during it. we started creation prototypes, and we did a possess marketing.”

What developed was Recherché Furnishings and a Cliffstone tables with domestic total tops and bases of new and reclaimed oak, alder, red cedar and juniper.

The tables were followed fast by an collection of home decor. A bucket of discard blockade element led to a couple’s largest project. On a whim, Cliff built a print support from a wood, adding recycled card as a subsidy and a soda can add-on for a hanger.

The support was an present hit, and a company’s Naturals Recycled Frames now are sole nationwide.

Also done of reclaimed materials are flags crafted of recycled plain wood, can tabs, eyelets and jute fibre for hanging.

“We have 52,000 pounds of blockade during a front of a emporium and in a yard that’ll be kept out of landfills,” Cliff says.

The couple’s eco-conscious efforts extend to a debate to yield H2O for communities in Africa by building wells. Through a Turning Wood into Water effort, 10 percent of support sales are donated toward construction by a module sponsored by Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall.

“To make a product people like, and recycle, and assistance people in Africa, it’s a win, win, win,” Jan says.

Recherché Furnishings can be purchased locally during Treasured Blossoms Flower Market, Rowlett;, and surplus .com.

Nancy Baldwin is a Plano freelance writer.

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