Get to Know Reclaimed Legends
Reclaimed Legends is a company in Calgary that make some of the most beautiful furniture we have ever seen. Each piece is made by hand from salvaged wood. The designs are minimalistic and designed to be passed down through generations of your family. When we found them, the pieces made our jaws drop and sparked some serious nesting goal dreams. I love how they have such a curated collection, and I could see each piece being in our family for years and years, moving from home to home. This is the kitchen table that you gather your family around for dinners; you sit on the floor around the coffee table playing crib until two in the morning; the entry table that you drop your keys on when you come home or your love leaves you notes on when he's on his way out the door. These pieces are an investment in building memories for generations to come. You can purchase a piece from their
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and simply send a DM if there is a piece you like. They also do custom work, which is a phenomenal idea for curating pieces perfect for your home.
What inspires you to build these pieces? What doesn't inspire us! We love being creative and trying new things. We appreciate the wood we use, each piece having a story and incredible character. We generally plan our projects and then go pick out the wood and while we're there we see a beautiful piece of wood that we can't leave behind as in our minds it's already been turned into this or that, so we always bring it home. The colour of the wood, the smell of it, the saw blade markings, the smooth bit on it that was made that way from a cow rubbing against it for years... everything about it is inspiring.
How do you find the products you want to work with? We create a design and then source the products. Although, like I said about the beautiful pieces of wood, sometimes that process is reversed!
Why did you decide to name your products after family members?
The wood we are working with has a vast history. We are currently working with a batch of 1930's Southern Alberta barn wood. Family is incredibly important to us - we love each one of them dearly -so the idea of marrying the history of the wood with our family history just made sense.
What is your purpose with your furniture? What do you hope to share?Our furniture is a creative outlet for us. It's very rewarding building a beautiful piece of furniture from scratch. We want to create pieces that are unique and yet will be classic. Something you will never want to replace, that will be handed down to children, and more family stories will become connected to it.
What would your ultimate dream be for Reclaimed Legends? We're not looking to take over the world and mass produce furniture. We want to be busy enough to pay our bills, but not too busy that we lose the love of what we're doing or the quality of our work.
What is the biggest struggle you find running a small business in Calgary? Your biggest success? Getting our pieces in front of people who are looking for this type of furniture is difficult. We don't have a large budget to spend on advertising, so connecting with others through social media and setting up our shop on etsy has been our approach so far.
Our biggest success has been a table called the MacLAREN. We named it after our Father's clan in Scotland. One of us felt it needed to be bold and strong, like the name - we disagreed on the design and hence the Hayden was created. We finished the MacLAREN in a rich ebony, which was not the original intent, but it turned out beautifully and has been a favourite of our customers.
How do you stay motivated?Motivation? It's just there. When you're doing something you love, accomplishing projects comes easily, naturally. It's been really enjoyable working with each other (we're siblings) so we relate on a much different level than normal coworkers. Most of the days are spent smiling, drinking tea (we are British) throwing ideas back and forth, sharing tidbits of knowledge about the world and choosing some good background music. Oh yeah....and there's the work. Which feels nothing like that AT ALL.