Bristol man turns wood crafting hobby into a business…


Guwahati/18th December’2017 (Prag News Desk): Hunter Dannhardt 27, puts his heart into the wood he works — wood that comes from the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.

Craftsmanship is their livelihood in the family.  He learned woodworking and metalworking at a very early age from his father and his grandfathers. Dannhardt, now, works out of his grandfather’s old shop, behind his grandparents’ former house, where his mother lives now.

After tooling around with metal  and woods for years, Dannhardt decided to make his passion a business. Just a year ago, he created Appalachian Reclaimed, a hometown business that creates beautiful works of art from lumber and metal salvaged from old barns and buildings across the region. Blake Sneed and Josh Stewart his high school friends helps him with the work.

The idea for the business started out when we helped a little old lady to take a barn down, She wasn’t sure if she wanted the barn down because it was there in the family since forever, but in a few years the barn would have fallen down anyway. So he offered to take some of the wood and make her something that would last forever.

With that project an all new business was introduced. Now, Appalachian Reclaimed has torn down old barns and outbuildings across the region, including Mountain City, Brumley Gap, Bristol, Blountville and more. They also sometimes purchase wood from local sawmills. They come up with many new ideas what and create various products from the repurposed materials such as chairs, tables, frames, sign, entertainment centers — according to the client’s demand.

Sneed said, they expanding their creativity to a huge number of people because everybody likes this kind of unique creations. They attempt all the possibilities to create these items as per their client’s requirement. Though the team does salvage some old metal — for example, they often reuse items like old table stands or hardware they find — a lot of the metal they use is new and purchased from local businesses. But Dannhardt says at least 90 percent of the wood they use is reclaimed.

Dannhardt also says that he likes the old shaw marks or the raw colors of the old woods. he loves the character in old wood, the story behind each piece of works. The more character it has, the more he want to use it also added that he loves things like knotholes and saw marks that most people avoid.

Appalachian Reclaimed commissions most of the works — business and individuals give them an idea or a picture of what they want, and the guys turn it into reality. They produce about 10 pieces a week, and they have pieces in many businesses across the Tri-Cities.

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