We chatted with Sousa about his growing business, his take on reclaimed wood, and current trends in the world of woodworking.
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What kind of custom orders are you doing these days? What are people looking for?
I’m working on a lot of dining room tables. People are realizing the difference between custom, handmade woodworking and what you can buy at the big-box stores—the quality and materials are rarely comparable to one another. My customers are typically looking for something truly unique that no one else will ever have.
Love the cutting boards on your website. Do you sell anything else that’s not a custom order?
I will have a few items up for sale as we approach the holidays, but I do not offer any large pieces for sale. Everything I make is custom, made-to-order work to ensure that everything is as unique as possible.
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What are you working on now?
A neat dining room table with matching benches. The table is butcher block–style made from a locally salvaged walnut tree that came down from storm damage. It’s more modern in appearance than the live-edge look.
Is live edge, which leaves on the bark, a new look? I’ve seen live edge a few times now.
Live edge is the new look without a doubt. Indianapolis is a bit behind in comparison to many of the larger cities, but it is making its way here quickly.
There’s a lot of reclaimed wood in our city now. It’s everywhere in restaurants, shops, and homes. What are your thoughts on the trend?
Reclaimed wood has many, many meanings. What most people think of when they hear the term is barn wood, pallet wood, or other construction-related wood. Personally, I say that it’s time for a new definition. What I do is work with tree services only to save trees that have to come down due to storm damage, insect damage, or other health/physical damage related issues. The process I follow stops the trees from becoming waste, truly reclaiming and recycling Indianapolis’s urban trees.