by Christy Parrott
Crosscut Reclaimed combines the Norton family’s history with construction and love of preservation into a thriving local business. As the child of an antique dealer, Jack Norton admits, “I grew up never being able to drive past a flea market or a yard sale.” His childhood impressed a “Love for good, old things” on him.
Similarly, Megan Norton has always created art, winning a scholarship to Nazarth Art School in her youth, she currently specializes in design and finishing techniques for the family company. Megan Norton explains, “I love color and texture, and how they make you feel.”
The Nortons originally owned a construction business in Summit County, but, like so many businesses, theirs was hit hard by the recession. As their construction company struggled, Jack Norton’s father called with a serendipitous opportunity: “My dad told me about a warehouse in North Carolina that needed to unload wood and materials,” Jack Norton explains. The Nortons purchased the reclaimed wood and were back in business with an opportunity to combine their passion and skills into a creative venture that’s revitalizing the appearances of homes and businesses across the community and surrounding counties.
Crosscut Reclaimed is currently operating out of the Ghostwood Interiors building at 300 E. Park Ave., with a large warehouse full of materials located behind Hesters Log & Lumber off HWY 9. Offering everything from custom cabinets, countertops, and furniture to wine cellars and commercial interiors, the Norton’s high-quality reclaimed materials and design can be seen in the gorgeous interiors of Sauce on the Blue in Silverthorne and Pug Ryan’s in Dillon. In fact, “We’re set to work on the old gas station at the end of town, right outside of Granby,” Jack Norton says. “We do small homes, custom orders. No job is too big or too small.”
While the Nortons breathe new life into used materials, they’re careful to preserve the quality and the history of each piece. For example, they’re currently reclaiming wood from 100-year-old dams in Wisconsin. “You can see the water wear as well as the minerals that have been deposited into the wood over the years. It provides these wonderful purple threads throughout the finish that we’re careful to maintain,” Jack Norton says.
In a testimonial, Travis Holton, President of Pug Ryan’s, insists, “I was amazed when Jack pulled up with a trailer of antique oak… Jack’s use of tin and metals in parts of the front foyer really set our place apart.”
Crosscut Reclaimed’s commitment to quality combined with local accessibility means customers can be directly involved in the creative process. “You can actually put your hands on the materials,” Jack Norton says. Their hands-on approach lends well to the tight-knit community of Kremmling. “We love the ability to work with people we know,” Megan Norton explains. “We get excited about jobs large and small.” For ideas and contact information, visit Crosscut