We finished some (long overdue) work on our house this year and I ended up needing shelves for the updated bathroom and a new top for a table in our bedroom. I'm not even sure how I ended up on the site for Workshop Detroit but once I was there I realized they were exactly what I was looking for.
They make pieces out of reclaimed wood from Detroit homes. That's right. Someone used to live in my table! (Well, not literally.)
I visited their showroom in the Fisher Building and got to choose the style and finish of the items I wanted. I needed shelves that were thinner and shorter than what they had, and they were able to accommodate.
I did have to wait. And wait. And I had to call twice to find out the status of my order. The last time I called they said "Oh yeah, those are done. You can come pick them up." Why hadn't someone notified me?
But I'm so happy with how everything turned out I've forgotten the frustration (kind of like forgetting about the pain of childbirth and having another baby). And they are very passionate about their work. When I picked up the pieces they were telling me how to care for them and said to be cautious about setting anything too hot on the table. "It could melt the finish a little," he said. "But that may just be part of its third life. Its first life was a tree and birds and bugs put holes in it, and its second life was a house and people put nails in it and scratched it, and whatever happens now is part of its next life."
I love that. And I love knowing these pieces will probably outlast me and I will be part of their history some day.