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Above: Brad has a workshop full of tools and lumber north of Centralia where he breathes new life into old barnwood to create memorable pieces.
art fair every month in Centralia. Reclaimed is open to
the public on the second Saturday of the month. On the
grounds outside the old church, Brad and Callie host a variety of artists, food vendors, musicians and more to show
off their goods.
"We know how hard it is to be a vendor with a small
business. We wanted to make it really accessible for them,"
Callie says. "It's been neat to see it evolve too. It's cool to
see people bring their bag chairs and families on Second
Saturdays. They'll hang around and visit the vendors and
sit and listen to music."
All of the products at Reclaimed - including the homemade masks made by one of the Pages' five children - are
created at their home and shop north of Centralia. There's
a lot of work to do before starting a new project.
"He goes out and is physically taking down the barns,"
Callie says. "He's bringing them to the shop, kiln drying
them, taking out the nails and sanding down the wood
before he even begins to build the piece."
The shop is full of different kinds of wood. Brad inspects
the lumber on hand and comes up with the next piece.
"I don't really draw up a lot of plans," the Consolidated
Electric Cooperative member says. "Certain things - especially custom jobs - I'll need some plans, but it usually is
dependent on the piece of lumber."
Reclaimed's custom jobs take considerably more time
than the smaller home decor items. Some of the more popular items include tables, cabinets, porch swings, kitchen
islands and countertops.
Brad enjoys the custom work he does when a custom-
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er provides worn wood from their family farm or existing
pieces around the house. He recalls a lady who brought
him her grandparent's screen door and Brad turned it into
a table tray.
"Now, every time she sees that tray, she can reconnect
with all of her memories of her grandparents and that
house," he says.
That reclaiming of both wood and spirit is the cornerstone of the business. On the wall inside Reclaimed is an
Audrey Hepburn quote: "People, even more than things,
have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. Never throw out anyone."
"We use that quote whenever we make a business decision," Callie says. "We run it through that spectrum."
That attitude was paramount but did not come easily or
"All of this comes from losing our 2-year-old nephew.
Our family was - and still is - completely destroyed over
the loss," she says. "But as corny as it sounds, this has
really been about reclaiming ourselves as well. We're only
searching for things that matter to us.
"Sometimes we all feel useless. It seems like we're
screwing everything up and maybe we suck as a person,"
Callie says. "But you know, maybe a little bit of sanding,
refinement and TLC from someone else and we can see
what we're really worth."
For more information on Reclaimed, call (217) 653-5262,
visit www.facebook.com/reclaimedcustom or find them on
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