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We aren't always making furniture.  Sometimes we're making walls prettier! With over 100k board feet of reclaimed materials on hand, we've got plenty to choose from when planning a wall makeover.  Take a look at one of our most recent projects below. We used reclaimed vinegar...

When you take over a 70 year old lumber yard, you're likely to inherit some interesting items.  For months we've been working really hard to clean up the yard - over 3 acres of goodies, from mountains of wood to stacks of vintage radiators.  We've...

Maxel Flats is a residential development in beautiful downtown Holland, MI.  The building is a former 1950's machine shop and was completely gutted before building out the 12 flats.  Much of the design included industrial and reclaimed materials which made Forged By Design a perfect...

Just last week we announced the grand opening of our new retail space, The Stock Yard! We've been busy for months prepping and filling the 2000 sf space attached to our showroom. Our vision for the Stock Yard was a place where customers can not...

It seems that everyone likes to talk about the story and character of reclaimed wood these days which is exactly why we use it for so many of our projects.  But woodworking is only half of what we do at Forged By Design.  In fact...

What is Ipe? Ipe (pronounced Ee-pay) refers to the wood from a variety of 7 species of trees, all of which are native to Central and South America.  Often referred to as "Brazilian Ipe" it may also sometimes be referred to as Brazilian walnut, ironwood, and...

We recently completed a few pieces for the Bosgraaf Homes Design Center inside the Scrapyard Lofts.  Take a look at this one-of-a-kind redwood coffee table designed by Natalie Maalouf. We used salvaged redwood for this table sources from retired vinegar tanks. The entire bunk was originally...

When the Outdoor Discovery Center (ODC) asked us to be a part of their new Little Hawks preschool and aviary expansion last year, we jumped! Little Hawks Discovery Preschool is a nature-based preschool program at the ODC nature preserve. The De Witt Birds of Prey Center...

You've probably heard terms like "reclaimed wood" and "salvaged" thrown around a lot these days.  It's no secret that the design world has seen a massive rise in the farmhouse and rustic aesthetic, with shows like Fixer Upper and Barnwood Builders espousing the trend.  This...

The kitchen is often referred to as the "heart of the home" and for good reason.   It's the gathering  and celebration place for family and friends and one that every member of the house uses on a daily basis. A kitchen table often works overtime...