FIREPLACE MANTEL DEMO, SAWMILL TOUR, & MORE!
Real Antique Wood
31 Cordier Street
Irvington, New Jersey 07111
REAL ANTIQUE WOOD HOLDS FREE DEMONSTRATION DAY
Fireplace Mantel Making, Sawmill Tour, Blacksmithing Presentation
Irvington, NJ. Real Antique Wood will host its first annual Demonstration Day on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 7am-3pm. Owner Gary Horvath will lead tours of the family-owned sawmill where he and his crew transform antique barn wood reclaimed from America's heartland into an amazing array of furniture, accent pieces, and flooring.
Founded in 2011, Real Antique Wood has grown quickly into a full service mill with over one-million board feet of reclaimed barn wood in their inventory. Each barn that Gary and his crew take down is meticulously deconstructed on-site, carefully packed up, and trucked back to the mill in Irvington. "We're usually taking down antique barns in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York State, sometimes New Jersey." Horvath said, "Once we get the reclaimed wood back to the mill we begin an exhaustive process of removing all the nails, kiln drying the material and then running it through the mill where it is transformed into all the beautiful pieces you see in our showroom."
"Demonstration Day is something we've wanted to do for a long time,” said RAW General Manager Anthony Saraceno. "It gives us a chance to invite the community inside our mill to see some of the cool stuff we've been constructing from 100% reclaimed barn wood."
Safety goggles and ear protection will be provided for the mill tour and blacksmith Lisa Lofdahl from LL Metalworks will be set up onsite with her portable blacksmith forge. Refreshments will be served and fireplace mantels will be on sale up to 25% off. Also, 10% of the total sales for the day will be donated to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ to assist dogs including those affected by the recent hurricanes.
In preparation for Demonstration Day, Real Antique Wood will hold a private media tour on Friday October 13th from 9am-5pm. Members of the press are invited for a look at the working mill and a preview of the demonstrations scheduled for the October 21st event. The demonstrations are scheduled for 11am and then again at 4pm. Safety gear will be provided courtesy of 3M and refreshments will be served. Appropriate footwear (boots or sneakers) is required for the full tour. Please contact Brand Manager Megan Curley to register for the media tour.
Real Antique Wood isn't just about the wood; it's about the story behind the wood. Co-founder Lisa Horvath summed it up like this: "What makes our wood unique is that we took down the barns ourselves. We know where this wood came from, we know the families that cherished these barns for generations and we know the stories that were passed to us along with the wood. We get the chance to save this incredible material from the landfill and give it a new purpose. That's why our motto is 'Reclaimed Repurposed Reloved.’”
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