Movember at Sangamon Reclaimed

If you’ve stopped by the shop this month you might have noticed that we’re looking rather scruffy and maybe a little un-kept in the facial hair department, especially Lars, our lead woodworker, but he had an early start. I’m pleased to say it’s for a good cause.

Movember is an annual global campaign, which involves the growing of mustaches by men during the month of November. By growing these substandard mustaches and beards people are going to ask why. The why is to raise awareness for men's health; originally it was just to raise awareness for cancers specific to men i.e. testicular and prostate cancer. But it now includes men’s mental health and suicide prevention.

To me, this campaign means a lot because my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer at a young age and even though he's undergone surgery and radiation, he is still dealing with the effects of the treatments on his body. Being that prostate cancer is hereditary and also extremely more common in firefighters I will take this more seriously to be tested and checked than those not affected.

The other half of this topic for Movember is mental and physical health. Twenty-two veterans commit suicide each day, as do sixty males nationwide. Being a Veteran and a Firefighter, I have seen the negative side effects of both of these jobs and I have struggled with some of the calls I have responded to personally.

Talking with someone and finding constructive ways to deal with that stress goes a long way in improving your overall physical and mental health.

Lastly exercising can release natural endorphins and reduce stress. healthy and better versions of ourselves is important for our self-care but also for our loved ones.. So I'm committing to not only grow out this filthy stash but by partaking in the 60-mile challenge and I will be running sixty miles in the month of November to raise awareness for men's health and for Movember.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis for you and your loved ones. The website is and the number is 1-8000-273-8255.

Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide

We are honored to be included in this year’s Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide, which includes craft beer and spirits, artisan chocolate, locally roasted coffee, handmade art, and our American flags, which supports our Flags for Heroes initiative.

Our friends at Danenberger Family Vineyard are also among the 15 of which provide gift ideas for all interests. Our top five have to be:

FEW Spirits in Evanston, which produces award-winning gin and whiskey made with the highest quality corn, wheat and rye.  

Mississippi Mud Pottery in Alton, which offers an array of decorative and functional pottery options. Each piece of Mississippi Mud Pottery is handcrafted from natural clay.

Danenberger Family Vineyard right here in Springfield, where you can pick from a variety of dry handmade red to dessert wine.

Whiskey City Design in Peoria, which specializes in salvaging and preserving materials found from structures throughout Illinois and turning them into handcrafted pieces.

Dinger Bats in Ridgway, which makes baseball bats used by players on Major League Baseball teams including the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets and, the Chicago Cubs.

And a bonus one:

Sangamon Reclaimed, of course! We offer stunning handcrafted furniture and flags, which are built using wood reclaimed from 100-year-old barns and buildings in midwest America. Our skilled carpenters include firefighters and veterans.

Sangamon Reclaimed handcrafts reception desk for Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau tourist welcome center located at Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices

It is our mission to preserve history for future generations by creating beautifully handcrafted heirloom quality furniture, so it was an honor to design and build a piece for the new Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau tourist welcome center housed at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices using reclaimed oak from the Herndon family barn. 

The stair treads of the Herndon barn, constructed in 1873, are a key feature in the design of the reception desk. The barn was built by Archer Herndon, whose brother William Herndon was Abraham Lincoln’s law partner. The remainder of the desk was constructed from Rock Creek barn, which was built in 1865 near New Salem. The oak that was harvested for the construction of the Rock Creek barn is native to the Sangamon River Valley. 

We were provided the freedom to create a reception desk of our own design our only criteria was that it fit the space on the first floor of the building, which sits on the southeast corner of the Old Capitol Plaza in downtown Springfield, Illinois. The building that houses the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices is known by its affiliation with a dry goods store owned by Seth M. Tinsley who rented the rooms on the third floor to Abraham Lincoln and William Herndon from 1843 to 1852. Brian, Lars, Jake, Zack, TJ, and Eric all worked on it in different stages in the design and construction of the reception desk, which is not only one the heaviest pieces we have ever created at Sangamon Reclaimed but also took more than 150 man hours to complete. 

We are so proud to be a part of this project. We hope that visitors to Springfield and residents alike will not only enjoy the craftsmanship behind this piece of furniture but also appreciate the significant historic value it holds.