Thursday, September 3, 2015

Vendor Spotlight: American Barn & Wood

In just four short weeks it will be that time again! Fall is right around the corner, and that means we are gearing up for another fabulous Three Speckled Hens Antiques & Old Stuff Show on October 3-4, 2015 at the Paso Robles Event Center.

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Don’t forget that old saying; the early bird catches the worm! We won’t argue when that worm is a discount! Purchase your Early Bird admission tickets now and receive $2 off admission price. Use the code EARLYBIRD at checkout to reveal this discounted pricing only available until Monday. With your Early Bird admission, you will have 2 FULL HOURS to shop your favorite vendor booths before the crowds arrive.

We begin our fall Vendor Spotlight series with a one-on-one interview with the delightful Kira Olshefski of American Barn & Wood. Kira and her husband share a love for reclaimed barn wood and sharing the story of the wood’s history with their customers.

Tell us, Kira, how did American Barn & Wood come to be?
Our business, American Barn & Wood, started by taking lemons and turning them into lemonade. My husband John and I wanted to resurrect an old barn on our property to use as a home office. We purchased a Midwestern barn from a barn dismantler and had plans to bring it to California. It was a big barn, and it would take two truckloads to bring it out to California. We got the first truck, but the dismantler took our money, abandoned the job, and we never received the other half of our beautiful barn. In order to recoup our money, we decided to sell off the wood we did have. Lo and behold a business was born.   

What is the best part of owning your business?
The best part of our business is our customers. Everyone appreciates the beauty of the wood and what it can become.

What can customers expect to find when they visit American Barn & Wood? 
Coming to our business is like being a kid in a candy store. We have two industrial units and a lumberyard filled with barn wood, barn doors, beams, hardware and more.

What differentiates American Barn & Wood from your average lumberyard?
In addition to offering these one-of-a-kind materials to customers, we also photograph each barn before it comes down and research the history of the barn. This allows us to then pass that story on to our customers so the barn can live on.

What have customers made using your reclaimed wood?
People come to us with a project they have seen in a magazine, on Pinterest, or and are excited to see that they can make it happen with our reclaimed wood. Customer projects have included farmhouse tables, furniture, siding walls and ceilings, beams for mantels and truss works, and assorted smaller projects.

Any parting words?
We are looking forward to the Three Speckled Hens show October 3-4. We want to let everyone know that we will be in a new location at the show. This year we will be located in an inside building in Booth 106. Stop by and say hello! Also, if you are local or visiting from out of town, it is well worth the trip to stop on by our showroom. We are located at 3460 La Cruz Way, #D in Paso Robles and are open Monday–Saturday. 

For more information on American Barn & Wood, please visit or call 805-610-7838. Follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, or Houzz!

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