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Inspiring Conversations with Amanda Compton of Sangamon Reclaimed

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Compton.

Hi Amanda, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My husband and I have always cared for our land. He has a passion for hunting, and I have a science background. We have felled trees, cultivated soil for new and improved growth, planted hundreds of trees, and utilized the lumber we could salvage from these endeavors. In 2019, we began building our home.

In 2020, the pandemic halted the building process due to prices, and we started building it ourselves. We used the lumber we milled (and had been drying for years) to showcase by either structure or design in our home. I started here by caring for my land, trees, and lumber. We now live in a house full of lumber that once stood there as a tree.

In 2021, after 12 years in the profession, I took the year off from teaching to raise my son. This business opportunity presented itself, and my family sprung on it. We wholeheartedly believed in the company’s values and knew we wanted to take it nationwide.

My sister and father are both involved in the business with me. My husband is also serving as our sawyer.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My current biggest struggle is balancing raising my son and giving the business the time, attention, and energy it deserves. While we have a wonderfully supportive network, my son has difficulties that I want to be able to help him work through to grow to his full potential. I remind myself that everything I am doing, I am doing for my son.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Sangamon Reclaimed creates unique, heirloom-quality furniture using reclaimed lumber from local barns, buildings, and fallen trees.

The company was created to disassemble barns and buildings, and while we no longer take down barns, we partner closely with those that do. Our goal is to salvage these pieces of history from the landfill, burn pile, or mulcher and preserve them for years in your home or business.

We have talented craftsmen who can take your dream and inspiration and turn it into a reality. We design and create every piece of furniture right here in Illinois. Our craftspeople have honed their art but advance their skills with new techniques or insights. Our craftspeople are local men and women, most of which are veterans and first responders.

These ladies and gentlemen can create any piece of wooden furniture, home furnishing, or home good you can think up. While we have a regular line of products, most of our business is custom, commissioned projects designed and created to fit customer needs, wants, and desires.

Commercially, we can create massive tables, desks, doors, and wall designs in our woodshop due to the skills of our craftspeople and machinery. We specialize in conference tables and barn doors averaging 12 feet long.

All of our pieces of lumber are local hardwoods. They come from barns or buildings that have been taken down or felled trees due to natural causes. There are not long travel distances to get our lumber, causing more pollution or new species of bugs introduced to our area. All lumber is ethically and sustainably sourced. No plantation trees here!

On-site, we also mill and kiln dry both our lumber and customers’. Some of our products have gone from log to living room ready right here in our shop. Customers can bring their trees and create a one-of-a-kind memory for their family to enjoy for generations.

I am most proud of our Flags for Heroes program. A portion of our proceeds from flag sales goes back to nonprofits supporting veterans or first responders. Our flags are unique barn wood flags, made of local barn wood, available in multiple designs, and able to be customized to fit your design or size needs.

The local barn wood flags don the original red, white, brown colors.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is spending the holidays with my Grandma. My entire family was present, and we would spend the week cracking jokes, exploring the farm, and making memories.

Pricing:

  • Custom Tables from $990
  • Custom Barn doors from $800
  • Authentic Barn Beam Mantels from $120 a foot
  • Home goods as low as $12

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