Adam Marsano loves to be surrounded by things with a story. From his truck, to old barns and homes, he searches out the historic and then takes it with him.
There's no wrecking ball here. Marsano tears down each structure by hand, taking care to save every piece he can. "Material like this, you can't get at the mill. It takes 100 years -- I love it, I love it," he said.
He's an expert at demolition, but he's also an expert at putting things together. His Ferrisburgh workshop might look haphazard on the outside, but inside order rules. This is where Marsano transforms reclaimed materials into new, one-of-kind furniture.
"You want to keep the patina, that's about 1/16" thick, if that, depending on the piece. And its a matter of taking the right amount. If you take off too much you get new wood. Just enough keeps it rustic. Look at that. isn't that awesome," Marsano said. "Each piece is from its own lot and there's no other one like it -- that's it."
He makes everything from furniture fit for an eclectic king, to beautiful barn doors -- selling it out of his shop and taking custom orders.
Reporter Gina Bullard: You really see treasure in what some people would consider trash.
Adam Marsano: This wood here, you don't see stuff like this anymore. It really does take 100 years.
Marsano hopes to rebuild this timber frame in someone's yard. It could also become furniture. Either way, he hopes it will last another 100 years.
He was asked to demolish the current building he's working on. Others he scouts out himself. "its Vermont. It's old. It's been here and it's going to stay here. Trying to save them one at a time," he said.
Buildings have history, but so do people, and as Marsano knows, it's not always perfect. "I was a full blown alcoholic. I was on a crash course for death," he said. "I decided I didn't want to live like that."
Marsano says wood saved him. He started Small House Carpentry six years ago and hasn't had a drink since. Much like his work, he's transformed his life -- now focusing on furniture, his family and the future.
"There's a lot of time left in my life and I've got a bunch of stuff to make and no time to waste," he said.
Proud of his story and proud of his work. Saving himself and pieces of Vermont's past.
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