When a potential client calls and tells me that they have some reclaimed lumber that they want me to use in a piece of furniture I’m always a little bit skeptical of its quality. But when I showed up at the Baileys’ house I was stunned by the quality of lumber they had rescued from destruction. Not only was it incredible lumber, but I was mesmerized by the stories they had to tell me of their family’s history tied to the lumber taken from their family farm. It was a painful process to dismantle the barn and home and history of their Czech family’s struggle and survival on the Texas frontier. Even their grandmother joined in the efforts, who as a little girl had grown up in the home and played in the barn. It’s never easy and always difficult to see a tangible piece of your past return to dust. However, not all was lost for the Bailey family. Through their sweat and tears they’ve preserved that past. They’ll gather around that table multiple times a day for years to come. They’ll run their fingers over the saw marks of the old growth wood from the untamed Texas big woods and remember the hard fight their ancestors fought to pave the way for their generations. They will undoubtably give thanks for the shoulders that they’ve been able to stand on. And generation after generation will claim this table and follow the very same steps. I’ll sum up the joy I feel every time I deliver a piece of furniture with the words of the owner… “You have blessed our family with saving a piece of history that might not have been saved. Your passion shines through your work. Glad to have a Restoring Texas original!” Thank you Bailey family for another Restoring Texas story.