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Meet The Team: Anthony Saraceno

Our General Manager, Anthony Saraceno, is known around here as many things including MacGyver, The Guru, the Wood Whisperer, and the all around guy to get anything and everything that needs to be done, done.

Anthony joined the Real Antique Wood family in 2012 when our company was just starting out. It was an instant match, as owners Gary and Lisa quickly realized that Anthony was the puzzle piece they needed to get business off the ground. Anthony is a talented carpenter, welder, fabricator, designer, builder, and an excellent customer service provider. He is highly motivated, humble, and goes above and beyond the call of duty. Anthony was an integral part of our Floor of the Year 2015 project which required tricky problem solving to create a black walnut live edge floor and staircase. Anthony came up with the formula for the bullnose on the staircase that made the project possible and we went on to win Floor of the Year! 

Along with his wife Taylor, Anthony volunteers his free time (which we aren't sure where he finds any) to dog rescue and training. He has spent many hours teaching others how to train their dogs and to us he is the Dog Whisperer. Anthony's dedication to Real Antique Wood and what we stand for is apparent in everything that he does. He is our 6'7" gentle giant and our company truly would not be where it is today without his talent, hard work, and vision. 

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Enamel Mugs & Bumper Stickers!

New products are in our shop! You can now share your love for reclaimed wood with our bumper stickers or enjoy your morning brew in one of our enamel camping mugs. There are four bumper stickers to choose from — our logo, our broad axe, our reclaimed motto, and our Barn Crashers sticker. Our 16 oz camping mug is made of enamel finished steel and features our Real Antique Wood logo on one side and our broad axe on the other. These would make perfect Father's Day gifts, so get 'em quick!

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Meet The Team: Lisa Horvath, Owner

Lisa Horvath, also known as Lee, The Big Boss, and Little Lisa, is the other owner of Real Antique Wood. It's been one crazy and amazing ride since Lisa and Gary met in the early 90s, got married, and joined forces to start A.T.C. Hardwood Flooring. Back in 2011 when Gary approached Lisa about the problems he faced with sourcing reclaimed wood flooring and wanting to provide customers with the history of the old wood, Lisa was the one who encouraged the idea of opening their own reclaimed wood operation.

The skills Lisa gained as a successful hair stylist and the office manager for a well known concierge car service, combined with her many years of wood flooring experience, gave her a creative and business-minded approach that was necessary to turn the dream of Real Antique Wood into a reality.

With an intuitive eye for design, Lisa has an extraordinary ability to bring a customer's vision to life. She is the smiling face that greets our customers in the showroom, the friendly voice that answers the phone, and the one who keeps us all in line here at the shop. Lisa has kept the engines running at the mill, making sure customers are taken care of, the orders are processed, our crew is happy, and Gary is on schedule with his many appointments. For years she has done the work of 5 people and we're so happy that our work family has grown to support her!

Lisa can be found carrying barn doors three times her size, sawing a piece of wood that needs to be cut, or playing tag with her beloved dog Levi around the showroom. Lisa's warm heart, patience, and no nonsense attitude make her the perfect balance to Gary's relentless drive. Real Antique Wood owes its legacy to this strong woman and her true love for all things old wood.

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The Beach Barn

We're always finding new and fun ways to bring reclaimed wood into the world. Our owners Lisa and Gary Horvath recently re-did the exterior of their cozy, oceanside New Jersey home and turned it into The Beach Barn!

The house is sided with our silver shiplap oak barn siding. The front door is an original Dutch door we rescued from one of our salvaging missions. And of course this little barn wouldn't be complete without its tin roof! The Beach Barn certainly stands out in the neighborhood and has everyone asking about its rustic look. Using barn siding for the exterior of a home or business is a great way to add character and functionality all with a focus on recycling and history.

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Client Spotlight: J&Co Hair

We are firm believers that reclaimed wood can enhance any setting. J&Co Hair Salon in Paramus, New Jersey blends rustic and sleek to achieve a warm, inviting, and on trend salon. 

We provided a beautiful white barn siding reception desk and it's truly an attention grabber when you first walk in. The waiting area is complete with a high tabletop made from our poplar threshing floor where customers can read a magazine (or a Real Antique Wood brochure — thanks J&Co!) before getting their locks crafted. In the far back one of our original barn doors separates the laundry and kitchen area from the rest of the salon.

We love an aesthetic that uses touches of rustic combined with artsy and modern. It's a great way to honor our recycled materials in a fresh, new way. Check out J&Co the next time you need the perfect haircut or color and tell them their friends at Real Antique Wood sent you!

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Antique Wooden Ship Signs

We're always coming across new and exciting treasure on our nonstop hunt for reclaimed wood and our latest haul is no exception. These mahogany and teak signs were once on the sides of ships! The SeaLand signs come from the well known Maersk SeaLand shipping company and the Azalea City was a ship that was sunken off the coast of Point Pleasant, NJ to become an ocean reef. As for the rest, well we're just using our imagination to fill in the blanks. These signs range from 10' to 18' long, with carved letters painted in different colors like white and gold. These signs would make the perfect rustic addition to restaurants, large kitchens, businesses, and outdoor spaces. We can't wait to see what creative ways our customers use them! Come by the shop to check out these great antique signs and let your imagination run wild.

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