Made in the Carolinas: Reinbarnation
Updated: 04/18/2012 10:34 AM
By: News 14 Carolina Staff
Many people have heard the term, reincarnation. Roger Dinger operates a Siler City company by the name of 'Reinbarnation.'
"That word pretty much tells the story. I take old barns and salvage the wood, clean it up and store it until I find something to make with it," said owner of Reinbarnation Roger Dinger.
For six years, Dinger has done this full-time; taking down barns and using the wood to create something useful. His work can range from frames and boxes; to furniture. Recently, he made an eight-sided dining table out of sweet gum, which came from a tobacco barn in Harnett County.
"There's a very big interest among people that want to live a more sustainable life," said Dinger.
Dinger has taken down many barns and he has piles of wood ready to be made into something new. He knows the origin of every piece.
"Here's a good example of some oak, it came from a barn that was built in the pre-Civil War era," said Dinger.
Some of the wood with which he gets to work is no longer readily available.
"This came from a farmhouse that was built in 1837. Longleaf pine was fairly plentiful then, so they would use it for, for a lot of purposes that today would seem a little bit extravagant," said Dinger.
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Dinger knows where every board came from since he gathers as much information as possible about each barn he uses.