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Local woodworker makes old things new again

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A southern Colorado woodworker is bringing a new trend to the Front Range.

Josh Mabe is a former woodshop teacher that inherited old scrap wood one day when two schools combined. He was told to just toss it, but he had a different idea -- he made a table out of it, and his new career was born. He founded his business, called Twenty1Five. 

"It's the perfect parallel, taking old wood and giving it a new life. It's really cool," Mabe said.

He started small, making unique tables using reclaimed wood, and eventually started designing entire spaces like a beer garden in downtown Denver.

"We installed every square inch of wall with old, industrial warehouse flooring. I think it was from World War II. It was a warehouse, a glove factory, then a gym. The wood was going to get tossed away, but we recovered it and put it in the beer garden where it has new life," Mabe said.

He finds wood from all over the country, and each piece has its own story. Darin Dawson bought a handmade farmhouse kitchen table made from Ohio barnwood.

"Everyone that comes in the house is like, 'Wow! Where did you get that?' That isn't typical of a table," Dawson said.

Mabe recently helped renovate a room for Pikes Peak Brewing Company. The founder says they collaborated a little, but he trusted Mabe's vision.

"He brings the mountain modern vision to light. Bringing steel and reclaimed woods together. He has incredible vision," said Chris Wright, founder of Pikes Peak Brewing Company.

Mabe said he's seeing more of a transition from the mountain scene to the Front Range. He said a mix of metals, glass, concrete and reclaimed wood can really add value to any space.

"People will catch their breath and say, 'What's that about?' And then there's a story embedded in the functional art," Mabe said.

Mabe named his company Twenty1Five after a Bible verse where God makes all things new. For more information on his work visit twenty1five.com.

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