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Greenbrier County salvage venture hits airwaves

Photo courtesy of www.daniellemoirphoto.com  Mark Bowe, owner of the White Sulphur Springs-based Antique Cabins and Barns, travels the country deconstructing old log buildings, reconditioning the lumber and reassembling the pieces.
Photo courtesy of www.daniellemoirphoto.com
Mark Bowe, owner of the White Sulphur Springs-based Antique Cabins and Barns, travels the country deconstructing old log buildings, reconditioning the lumber and reassembling the pieces.

By Zack Harold

Charleston Daily Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va — Mark Bowe specializes in making old things new again.

For the last 16 years, he has traveled all over the United States dismantling, reconditioning and reassembling old barns and log cabins.

Sometimes he and his crew put the structures back together just as they were built. Other times, they use reclaimed materials to build modern homes that only look centuries old.

And while the business is only a part-time venture for Bowe — he’s a full-time insurance salesman in White Sulphur Springs and intends to keep that job — his business could soon gain nationwide attention.

The DIY Network recently aired the pilot episode of “Barnwood Builders,” a show about Antique Cabins and Barns LLC, Bowe’s Greenbrier County business.

The episode, which aired last month, focused on Bowe and his workers as they took down an Indian barn built in the 1800s by Abraham Lincoln’s uncle Josiah. They used the wood to build a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

It’s not yet clear whether “Barnwood Builders” will be granted a full season on DIY…

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