From his 12 years work experience in building, Triche has learned the best way to salvage wood, as well as how to guarantee its integrity, "I find my lumber from mainly two lumber yards in north Baton Rouge that get shipments of old reclaimed cypress from old barns and houses around the area... Many times [the wood] will have some deterioration from water and small bugs or bees and sometimes fire. I just have to cut those pieces off."
Triche's passion all started a few years ago when a friend approached him about building a headboard made out of old cypress wood. After completing the project, he went on to photograph it, which garnered more attention, "When people saw the pictures, they loved what they saw and I slowly started getting requests for more reclaimed headboards."
Due to his methodical planning of his pieces, he's been able to complete some extremely detailed projects, such as the chevron table and (my favorite) the flat pack mini house. The flat pack mini house is quite a woodworking achievement. "There is nothing else on the market that accomplishes what it accomplishes. I had to create the entire project in my mind with limited influence from similar products." Triche goes on to highlight the workmanship, "There are many pieces and connections that had to all fit together tightly." It's truly a piece that is inspiring as well as unique.
Etsy has given Triche the opportunity to sell his projects from California to New York without leaving home. Jacob beams about his success adding, "I plan on opening a shop/studio in San Deigo in a few months and then possibly Denver, CO."
I had a pleasure talking to, and getting to know what makes an Etsy shop like this one tick. It takes passion and a lot of planning! When you buy reclaimed wood furniture, you're buying a little bit of local history, solid wood construction, and most importantly, supporting a local artist.
You can also view more of his work at his website www.RevivalSupply.co