The End Grain Woodworking Co. takes reclaimed wood from Detroit homes and incorporates it into new pieces for their clients.
They make a variety of products including frames, candle holders and lamps, as well as custom orders like furniture. Recently they’ve been getting in on the trend of the little free library. The small decorative boxes are filled with books and installed in public places. Anyone is free to borrow or lend a book totally on the honor system.
Co-founders Chris Behm and Sam Constantine won best in show in a 2012 reclaimed woodwork competition.
“It’s important the wood that we get comes from Detroit because it helps put people to work that might not otherwise have a job. The more wood that we buy and the more products we sell maybe the more people get to do the deconstruction on the homes and everyone benefits from it,” said Behm.
They work with non-profit companies to source the wood which is marked with the address of the house where the wood came from. The pieces include a stamp or a sticker to connect it to the specific house. “They do a pretty good job of categorizing …” added Behm.
“The metro Detroit area is tied to the city of Detroit in some way or another. To have that history … that piece that was part of Detroit is something special,” added Constantine.
This feature is part of CBS 62’s Eye On Detroit series as seen weekdays during “CBS This Morning” between 7 and 9 a.m.