Recycled railroad ties

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We haven't thought about railroad ties since 1980 when our mom built raised bed landscaping in our backyard [we also had giant orange and brown flowered wallpaper but have since dealt with that in therapy]. When we glanced through a new catalog that came through the mail this week called Viva Terra [eco living style] we had Rod Stewart and Fleetwood Mac flashbacks but realized it's not so bad afterall and we actually kind of [gasp] like it.

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The bookshelf was most impressive with the chunky texture and iron and the dining table and chairs sort of have a Parisian feel to them that we we're digging. According to the catalog the railroad ties are 50 years old and made from teak, pine and ironwood.

We're still not sure where railroad ties come from...are they dismanteling that many RR's? or is it a replacment situation? Or the stork?... Mom, where do railroad ties come from? oops... wrong conversation.