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Two decades of wood taken from deconstructed homes, barns, priced by the foot.
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — Over the past 20 or so years, Robin Hendricks has helped to deconstruct old and abandoned homes, salvaging every useable plank, bannister and shingle.
With her former husband Pete, she used much of the material in houses on her rural Wake Forest property and the rest went into a storage shed nearby. Now, no longer in the deconstruction business, she’s selling the remaining wood, all at once.
“It’s important that the remnants of these houses see new life,” she said. “It would be so wonderful to see it reused.”
GC5 Estate Services of Wake Forest is holding a reclaimed wood sale Saturday only. The seven-bay, three-sided shelter is full of items like tongue and groove, large oak beam, barn wood, wainscoting and interior doors.
There are also a few unusual items — three architectural columns, for instance, and a quantity of lath wood pulled from wall interiors.
Most of the wood will be sold by the board foot, price dependent on the thickness of the board.
When approached by Robin, GC5 owners John and Amanda Giustiniani put feelers out to see if there was interest in the reclaimed wood. Sixty people responded on Facebook — none regular customers of their estate sales, which they said is unsusal.
“We’ve had calls from people in Virginia to D.C.,” said Amanda.
The sale will appeal to artists, furniture makers and craftsmen, as well as people with old houses in need of repair, John said. Many people repurpose the old wood, he said.
“The most popular thing is (for) furniture,” he said, referencing online photos of tables, chairs and crates made from old wood.
There are a lot of longer pieces, such as hard-to-find 12- to 15-foot planks, said Amanda.
The wood will be sold as is — no sawing will be performed on site. All of it is in good condition, without rot or termite damage, Hendricks said. She’s kept it elevated off the ground and the pieces separated.
Though they wouldn’t discuss prices, Amanda said they’re looking to sell at a rate wholesalers would find attractive.
The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The location is embargoed until Friday to prevent early visitors.
For more information, see the Facebook site at tiny.cc/WFwood or call Amanda at 919-818-4534.