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FAYGO THROWBACK COLLECTION

FAYGO THROWBACK COLLECTION

FAYGO THROWBACK COLLECTION

Introducing our new officially licensed Faygo Throwback Collection. The collection will be available in store and online on March 15th, 2019.

Party Party Party!!

We are hosting a party to launch our new Faygo Throwback Collection line. A fun collaboration that we are super excited to share with everyone. Don't worry it's not all wood goods. We will have specially made "Faygo Cocktails", snacks, musics, and live screen printed artwork by TMRWLND studio. Oh and we will have free Faygo pop... I think that could probably go without stating. But for the slow ones in the back of the class, FREE FAYGO!!
The party will be held at Woodward Throwbacks on Joseph Campau in downtown Hamtramck. 
Friday night, March 15th // 5pm - 9pm
11500 Joseph Campau st., Hamtramck MI 48212
Street parking and lot parking available.
Come party with us, and then party with our friends next door at "The High Dive"
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The Weather Is Slowing Turning...

The Weather Is Slowing Turning...

ST. LOUIS

The team ventured out and explored the city of St. Louis. 
They got a chance to explore Detroit's twin city, St. Louis and see its beautiful brick homes. 

Detroit most known for its wood based homes. while St. Louis, much like The Commodores 1977 hit single, concentrated on brick houses.
 
We found some awesome salvaged materials that we brought back home that you can check out at our shop!
 
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Summer, so hot right now.

Summer, so hot right now.

DETROIT HARDWARE CO

A few weeks ago we were able to salvage from our dear friends at Detroit Hardware Company. Just shy of 100 years in business this women owned business closed their doors.

Even though the news is bittersweet the owners Emily and Ann can retire happily knowing that they will forever be loved by the community in which they had a great impact on. 

We were also fortunate to acquire many of there hardware displays that will be showcased in our showroom, as well as shelving that are available for purchase!

 

 

 

 

 

THROWBACK LUMBER

Introducing our new collection of Shelves and Mantels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SALVAGE HARDWARE:

We have tons of salvage hardware available online and in-store.

Email sales@woodwardthrowbacks.com for any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Back to School

Back to School

Everyone remembers their first day of school. The squeaking of sneakers as students ran by, classroom doors opening and shutting and the familiar chime that lets you know that your late for class, again.

 

Those memories replayed in our heads as we walked through the former Mae C. Jemission Academy in Detroit.  Built in 1942, it was named after the first African American woman to travel in space, the school closed for good in 2013. At the time of closing the school had enrolled only 474 students, in a building that was built to facilitate 1200. It has since been bought and occupied by Total Life Change Ministries.  Which uses the building as a church and a space for youth to engage in summer activities. Such as “Eat Up Meet Up” and youth employment programs coordinated with the city of Detroit.

Our first salvage job on our list was a group of locker room benches located behind the gym. When it comes to salvage jobs you never know what you will run into. Case in point, the building had power, but the locker room didn’t... So one trip back across town to our shop and another to Home Depot, (insert face palm) and we were ready for action!  


About five cut off wheels and six drained batteries later and we had the benches removed from the floor.  Their were six benches, some as long as 20’.  In total we got just over 100’ of what we found out was red oak.  These were old 2 x 10’s and heavy as can be.  We were working up a sweet moving these out of the locker room.  Which was kind of nice as there was no heat in the building.  Somehow it was 20 degrees outside but felt like 10 inside.  How is that even possible?!

Another cool item we recovered was an dentist x-ray machine dated back to 70's. With the length of the arm, and body of the machine weighing almost 80 pounds, it was definitely one of the most challenging jobs yet. Luckily I’m a steady hand with the reciprocating saw ;).  I was cutting the bolts out the wall as Kyle was holding it up.  Even though it took longer than anticipated, it was worth the time.  We are going to turn these into an awesome wall lamp very soon!


The last big task at the school was an old scoreboard in the gym. We took a gamble with this one, as we didn't know how high the scoreboard was. With two pieces of rope and two ladders we were able to come up with a safe and impressive rig to get it to the ground. With team members, Kyle and Irv on each ladder, they secured it to a pulley as I lowered it down. I would like to say I did most of the heavy lifting as I was literally holding all the weight with ropes, but let’s say it was a team effort ha.


All in all it was a great salvage job.  We saved some amazing pieces.  It is always fun giving a product or material a new, re purposed life.  Jakenya Robinson, of Total Life Change Ministries, had a great quote about their mission as a church. “Changing lives and renewing hope”.  I don’t know how many lives we get to change but we are making an effort to teach our employees valuable skills.  And to ingrain in them the value of reusing and upcycling.  Buildings like this school are all across the city.  And if they can’t be maintained or occupied to their capacity, it is important that we are able to preserve as much of the materials in them as possible.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone.  They will never make schools as beautiful and as ornate as the old schools we have in Detroit.

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