We've known Stefani for a couple of years now. She is a fantastic family and lifestyle photographer here in Savannah. Truly, her work is so good! You can see more of it HERE! We wish we had half the patience and passion that she has with her work. (Side note: Stefani, please teach us your ways!)
She is married to Aaron who is a super talented woodworker. Together, they own the small business Reclaimed and Reformed where they specialize in handcrafted items made from both new & reclaimed wood. We personally get super excited when we read about other woodworkers because just like Stefani and Aaron, we also built our own oversized farmhouse table!
Necessity is the mother of invention, right? I guess in our case, necessity was the mother of creativity as well. We needed a dining room table when we moved into our first home as newlyweds. We have always wanted to use our home as a means to serve others. Hospitality is important to us so we wanted a large farmhouse style table that could seat many. However, as newlyweds, we definitely couldn't shell out the money for this. So, we decided to make one! With some help from our pastor (who made his own dining table), we were able to get exactly what we wanted. Stef sketched the design, and I got to work. Little did know that it would lead to the start of a business.
Savannah photographers, Lyndi and Jason, paid the couple a visit to document them doing what they do best! Afterwards, they sat down with the woodworking duo to find out how the company started and where they plan for it to go.
From Lyndi... As lovers of handcrafted products and the craftsmen who make them, Jason and I consider ourselves fortunate to have met Stefani and Aaron. They welcomed us into their home to show us not only their gorgeous cutting boards, but to share with us the love they pour into each and every piece. After seeing these cutting boards firsthand and the pride Stefani and Aaron take in the work that goes into them, we had to have one ourselves!
HOW DID THE TWO OF YOU MEET?
We initially met at a friends dinner party in Downtown Savannah where our first interaction included a snarky remark and "shut up," although they were playful. We hit it off for the rest of the evening, however. We went on to get to know one another through a bible study we both attended.
DOES WORKING TOGETHER COME NATURALLY TO YOU?
Definitely. We work much better together than apart actually. It's great to be able to brainstorm together and bounce ideas off of each other. Stef always helps get my creativity going. If I am stuck on an idea or a project, her fresh perspective is a great help.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PROJECT TO WORK ON AND WHY?
I think my favorite project was our 2nd big project for our home which was a 6-foot entryway table made from reclaimed wood. Old wood is always a challenge due to warping and flaws, but that's also what gives character to the pieces. We actually had to change our original design because it just wasn't working out with the wood we had chosen. After rethinking and making adjustments, we ended up with a great piece. I also learned a lot and was able to use some new techniques for the first time.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK TO FOR INSPIRATION?
We don't look to any one thing or one place for inspiration. We usually seem to stumble upon it as we go. We live in a beautiful city. Between the amazing scenery, the historic architecture, and eclectic interior design throughout Savannah, there is plenty to inspire us. We also inspire each other as we develop ideas together.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TYPE OF WOOD TO WORK WITH?
We love using reclaimed wood when we have the chance. That's more of a category of wood than an actual type of wood. We really enjoy taking old, worn out wood and repurposing it into a beautiful and practical piece while still retaining its rusticity. As types of wood go, walnut is one of our favorites. It has a deep, rich brown tone and typically has beautiful grain patterns. It looks good anywhere!