First Descents benefitting from Old Wood Soul's furniture makers

Local furniture maker Old Wood Soul has teamed up with First Descents, a Denver-based organization that helps young adults fighting cancer experience outdoor adventure. Old Wood Soul's beneficial campaign, TenTables, will donate 10 percent of the sale of a series of tables made from 130-year-old Cypress planks from an old horse barn to First Descents. Through an earlier TenTables campaign they donated $5,000 to local and national charities.

The founders of Old Wood Soul, wife and husband, Lauren and Keith Whittier, launched TenTables in December 2014. For the campaign they created farm-style tables made of reclaimed snow fencing from the Western plains.

"Our first experience with the community that First Descents built was, well, overwhelming," says Lauren. "We had never seen such a passionate group of people come together for such a targeted cause." The organization has helped more than 3,000 individuals participate in outdoor activities like rock climbing and rafting to help them regain the confidence lost to cancer.

The new set of handcrafted tables in the TenTables series are made from reclaimed Cypress planks from an old horse barn and a steel railroad truss base. "The beauty of this style," says Keith, is that "it's equally as comfortable in an urban loft as it is in classic Colorado bungalow, ranch or rustic mountain home."

Old Wood Soul also partnered with Mile High Workshop, a nearby organization that helps individuals who have recovered from addiction, incarceration and homelessness, find work to help them transition from one stage of their lives to the next.

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