MADISON, Wisconsin – Jeremiah Logemann’s brain is full of creative ideas.
He has taken parts from an old hay elevator and carefully cut glass growlers to make the massive, centerpiece chandelier at Lone Girl Brewing Co. in Waunakee.
The base for a glass table in the sunroom of Logemann’s North Side home is from part of a stump salvaged from Quarry Park behind the Whole Foods Market on Madison’s Near West Side. And he has made several wooden maps to help illustrate where Tru Coffee in Monona sources its beans.
One of his newest artistic creations consists of cast-iron frying pans that hold eggs and bacon made from metal, and he’s launched a lip balm flavored to taste like an Old Fashioned.
His specialty, however, is dismantling old barns and using the reclaimed, worn wood in his artwork. One of his signature projects, completed in 2017, is the interior of the tasting room at State Line Distillery on Madison’s East Side. For that assignment, Logemann used wood and metal from a barn built in the late 1940s along the Yahara River near DeForest by Adolph Nordeng and his family. Ship lap boards cover the walls of the tasting room. The barn’s rafters have been made into tables, and the oak floor trusses of the haymow are now part of the bar top, drink rail and window sills.
This photo taken Jan. 24, 2020, shows Jeremiah Logemann in his Madison, Wis., shop with a section of copper shingle from the spire. He began working full time as an artist in 2014. Logemann’s primary medium has been reclaimed wood from six Dane County barns, but he’s now working on creating art pieces from the spire that was part of the steeple at St. Raphael Cathedral, destroyed by fire in 2005. (Credit: Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP.)
But Logemann’s latest effort has no ties to the state’s agrarian past. Instead it’s rooted in history, faith and hope, and is designed to bring continued life to part of the steeple that was salvaged from the 2005 fire that destroyed St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison’s Downtown.