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Angie's List: If This Wood Could Talk

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Dec 27, 2016
and last updated 2019-03-04 10:44:56-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Home designers are already identifying hot new trends for 2017 and today’s Angie’s List report focuses on one that takes a step back in time to give new life to old wood.

Ramsey Khalidi started salvaging unwanted wood back in the 1980s when it required dumpster diving and the occasional rescue from a bonfire, "The Internet was just starting out. I’ll never forget it. If you would, like, Google, you would get 19, like ‘hits’. Now there’s 6 million for reclaimed wood.”

Khalidi is part of a booming industry of craftspeople who dismantle, refine and re-imagine old wood. 

Artisans working in the industry say there’s virtually no limit to what the wood can be used for and that if homeowners can imagine it, a good woodworker can create it.

Angie says reclaimed wood is more expensive than other types of wood because of the time and skill it takes to acquire, treat and re-purpose it. But, she points out, the value of having a piece of living history in your home could be priceless.