Custom Wine room

What makes this small climate controlled  Custom Wine Room special is the wood .. I used  Reclaimed  Cypress gathered from Central Florida . The wood is exceptionally old probably 1000 years or more in age . No finishing required , just   a coat of wax.. The natural beauty of wood is apparent and since this  Reclaimed  Cypress is pure heartwood  it is  perfect for the humid Wine Room.

Old Growth cypress is very rare especially his kind of quality .. I have plenty dried and ready to make beautiful Furniture  ,Tables  and Wine Rooms !

The mural on

outside of Wine Room  was painted by my friend Vincent Wright ,local artist ..The characters  are the client and his brother .

Trestle Table with extensions

True trestle tables have limitations for adding leaves to expand table . I am currently adding this feature to most trestle table styles ,if not all .

Have just completed final drawings for round table with extensions. Most round tables become oval with center leaf and are very limited for different bases . Mine remains a true circle . Very few affordable examples on the market .

Table pictured is made from cypress  . Table expands from 78″ to 108″ . Can sit 6-8 and 12-14 respectively . Will probably make simple  wood cases to house  leaves for storage.

Custom Wood Gate

 

Lately, We  have  been making a lot of furniture so making this  Cypress Gate for a  family in Tampa Florida was a nice change . Gate has solid bronze hardware that will not rust .

We  make Gates for all of Tampa Bay including Sarasota and Bradenton ..Have sent Gates to Orlando  and the  East coast including Miami and West Palm Beach .

 

 

 

 

Enjoying a lazy afternoon on a Bed swing

 

Just built my first Bed swing for family in Bradenton , Florida ..I love the concept enough that i am building one for my  own home .This one is  hung from the rafters with thick Manila rope .The mattress and cushions are custom made out of Sunbrella material .. I plan to design and build  many unique designs for sale ..If interested contact me for more info..

 

Houzz community recognizes Wiederholdcreations for 2014

Wiederholdcreations of Bradenton,Florida Receives
Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Bradenton ,Fl, January 19, 2015 – Wiederholdcreations of Bradenton ,Fl has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. This craftsman was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.
“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Wiederholdcreations among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Custom furniture made personally for you..

Have you seen a custom dining table, coffee table or end table in a magazine, on the internet or in a designer store? Would you like it a different size maybe glass added or the base changed slightly or different finish for your unique style?  Dennis can replicate any style,  whether modern, contemporary or rustic farmhouse with any wood, in any finish, for anyone.  Personally delivered to you by Dennis if you live in the Sarasota or Bradenton area.  Delivery also available from Tampa bay area to Naples Florida.

Ancient Cypress Tree Burned

Back in January  of 2012, one of the worlds oldest living trees in central Florida  came crashing down in a  fire.  This was  reportedly caused by a woman using meth early in the morning at the tree.  She was recently convicted of arson but will receive no jail time.  The 3500 year old growth pond cypress was one of the last of these giants that grew in central and north Florida.   Most of them were  cut down to meet the need for high quality cypress lumber early in the last century and 1800’s.

It is likely the old growth cypress tree,  called  Senator,  survived the logging because  it was hollow,  common in old cypress trees due to a brown fungus that attacks living trees.  It is this fungus that produces the defect called “Pecky”. This cypress is highly sought after  by  homeowners, architects and builders.   It was this ‘hollow’ that brought down the tree in a raging fire.    After living through countless hurricanes, freezes and fires it was irresponsible behavior by a human being  that killed this tree that was 1500 years old when Christ was born. …photos rarely can capture the   size of these old giants unless you have something to scale them …the Florida Forestry Dept. photo of the stump gives you some perspective.

Much of my reclaimed cypress comes  from this area. Many of the abandoned logs were hollow just like the Senator …there were  so many solid trees  available the loggers simply discarded the hollow trees sometimes breaking up into flat chunks to make wilderness roads for the oxen teams to pull the huge logs out of the swamp.

We cannot bring back these ancient old growth trees but you could own a part of Florida history with reclaimed wood from logs left for Wiederholdcreations to make a fine door  or  garden gate.  This reclaimed cypress makes beautiful  furniture too.

 

senitor tree

Whats left of the Senator..

 

Reclaimed cypress or Recovered cypress

Many times I refer to virgin old growth cypress,  or recovered,   as reclaimed when in fact that’s not entirely correct.  I use that term to simplify the wording as most people know what reclaimed means  but not recovered .  Recovered cypress means its salvaged timber that was never used but pulled from the swamps, rivers and lakes of Florida where it lay for over a hundred years after it sank (sinker cypress) as it floated in large log rafts to the mill.

Reclaimed cypress is cypress used for some purpose in the past and salvaged when that use becomes obsolete.  Generally, when someone wants reclaimed cypress they expect it to be from virgin old growth trees, but reclaimed could be from any source if it is salvaged.
Interestedly, I  been told most of the virgin old growth cypress harvested at the turn of the last century went to Europe.  Here in the U.S. it went to the Northeastern states and was used by the Railroads everywhere to make water tanks for steam locomotives. These are good examples of reclaimed cypress if salvaged.  To date all my virgin old growth cypress is recovered , never used and lay as it sank or fell  at the bottom of a sandy Florida river bottom or in some remote swamp until salvaged and sawed.  Generally, recovered cypress is more beautiful than reclaimed because over all those years submerged the logs take in minerals and produce some amazing colors and figure .  Some of these logs are extremely valuable costing thousands of dollars before they are sawed up.

Recovered cypress lumber is highly sought after by architects and craftsman.  I will continue to use the terms reclaimed cypress or old growth cypress because most people can relate to that term.  Recovered is more an industry term and not widely used by general public but all my clients know what they are buying from me whether recovered cypress or reclaimed cypress.  Remember when I mentioned most people expect reclaimed to be old?  Be very careful when paying big dollars for so called reclaimed because even young  trees can be harvested , sawed and used then salvaged and called reclaimed.  How do you know for certain that so called “reclaimed wood” table you want, or bought, that is made overseas is really old reclaimed wood?   Trust American craftsman to do the right thing..

Reclaimed cypress weathers well

Several years ago I was asked to make a Wiederweave ™ fence and gate using my reclaimed cypress.  This cypress fence and gate was placed in one of the most harsh areas of Anna Maria Island , Florida probably in all of Manatee County. Florida.  It is approximately 100 feet off the southern end of Tampa Bay at the very north end of the island.  It is well known for  the ferocity  of the winds that blow from Tampa Bay especially in the winter months.   In addition to the winds since this is so close to the water the high humidly and salt air wrecks havoc on wood or anything else for that matter.

Its been a few years since I inspected my creation and wondered how well it had held up in such a hostile location.   The client and I intentionally selected a design that would handle the winds.  The  client did not want the fence or  garden gate sealed but allowed to weather naturally which I was a little apprehensive about being in such a nasty area for wood.

As you can see by this recent photo the fence and garden gate turned a beautiful silver /grey . Generally only pure heartwood from any wood specious will weather to uniform silver/grey.  If there  is sapwood present it usually will develop mold if not treated or sealed. The posts are P.T. pine . Back then that’s what I did but now I use cypress posts  in the ground with proven preservation techniques.   The fence and garden gate are performing beyond my expectations  and  my client is extremely happy with the investment.

Unique reclaimed  cypress woven fence and gate .. no staining and sealer .Fence and gate weathered to a gentle silver grey . Anna maria ,Florida

Unique reclaimed cypress  Wiederweave   woven fence  and gate .. no staining and sealer .Fence and gate weathered to a gentle silver grey . Anna maria ,Florida