“We build custom pieces that no one can find anywhere else.” – Daniel Ordoqui, Owner of Reclaimed Freedom
Reclaimed Freedom specializes in building totally one-of-a-kind, handmade tables, built ins, epoxy river live edge tables, custom reclaimed mantels for fireplaces, personalized signs, barn doors, farmhouse tables, benches, basement bars, countertops, coasters, charcuterie boards and other furnishings. Customers can also visit his workshop by appointment to select reclaimed barn wood and lumber supplies for their own do-it-yourself project.
From Carpenter To Custom Furniture Builder
Daniel comes from a remodeling background, a career he enjoyed for 18 years. When he started remodeling his own basement a few years back, he ran out of barn wood and had to get resourceful. He stumbled on a Southern Illinois barn owner that was looking for someone to demolish his barn for him. Daniel volunteered for the job and, in return, got access to beautifully historic barn wood that he could use for his basement project.
It didn’t take long for word to spread and Daniel found himself taking down other barns in the Southern parts of Illinois and bringing truckloads of gorgeous lumber back with him.
He started to tinker with the materials he was blessed with, building custom furniture for his own home. As friends, family and neighbors discovered his incredible talents at crafting original pieces in a high quality long-lasting way, demand grew and Reclaimed Freedom was born.
Today, Daniel’s crew is booked 3 months in advance for custom furniture orders.
Repurposing Wood, Reclaiming History
Daniel wants customers to rest assured that no trees are being cut down specifically for their custom furniture, unless they specifically request store bought lumber. The wood Daniel’s team utilizes in their projects is reclaimed from old barns and dying trees that were removed by homeowners through tree services.
In fact, Daniel’s team typically tears down the barns themselves at the request of the barn owner and, as he shares, it’s something special to behold. Breaking down aged barns allows Daniel and his team to experience the incredible handiwork of carpenters from a time passed first hand – and this heritage is preserved in each custom piece designed for customers.
“We see the history and what went into it; how they build it (the barn), it's like walking into a time capsule.” – Daniel Ordoqui
The reclaimed wood is part of what makes each custom piece so special; there is a story behind the source of each item. It’s like bringing a part of history into your home and giving it a new chapter.
What’s more, because Daniel’s crew is usually responsible for the tear down and preparation of the wood, they are able to acquire materials at a much lower cost than traditional lumber companies; a savings that is passed on to his customers.
How to Begin Your Custom Furniture Project
Reclaimed Freedom services the entire Fox Valley area and beyond, with customers coming from Rockford and Chicago too.
Contact Daniel today to schedule a consultation to start imagining a set of custom reclaimed furniture that will be uniquely yours.
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