Reclaimed Lumber

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Reclaimed lumber is an excellent inspiration for translating your style into a design project. All of the design elements of antiquity can be custom manufactured into plank flooring, paneling, beams, decking, ceilings trims, wainscoting, entry doors and all manner of architectural accouterments for homes of distinction.

The designers in the hospitality and merchandise community have long recognized that the means to balance the aesthetic of a commercial property is by juxtaposing the welcoming warmth of reclaimed wood, proving that the chic nouveau and charming antiquity can cohabitate. The progressive green movement, in part, is addressed through the utilization of reclaimed wood. By diverting construction waste from the land fills, preserving old growth tress and recycling used building materials, your enjoyment will be guilt free. Additionally, in the interest of consuming less, we can employ our superior engineering processes, thereby “stretching” the old boards.

Along with the visual traits of antique boards come superior stability along with the unmistakable tight grain of the old growth trees that were cut over a hundred years ago. Lumber, back then, was plentiful and was used in the building of dairy and tobacco barns, snow fences, churches and commercial buildings such as factories, warehouses, banks, boats and sawmills. At the end of their tenure, old planks that have been through the cycles of contraction and expansion, have not only been acquiring their patina but have stabilized through the years. This wood is often prized by residential and commercial builders who want the old world visual and tangible aspects for their construction. In addition, homeowners with old houses are undertaking remodeling projects to restore their residence’s to the original vintage. In the instances where the original woodwork cannot be re-surfaced, bringing reclaimed lumber into the project can be substituted for flooring, paneling or other interior accents, while retaining the aesthetic of the period.

We can manufacture hardwood products from reclaimed woods in the form of beams, joists, flooring and siding into a product that can be incorporated into your design. In some instances we can enhance visual texture by preserving the original face of the planks, if that is not possible we can wire brush the face by hand. Another textural layer to consider is fuming. The fume process brings out a depth color that is achieved through a reaction with the tannic acid naturally contained within the boards. The look is indescribable, the dark patina and dramatic grain patterns not only bring a striking richness to any room, but also tells an amazing story. It is like being pulled through the key-hole of history.

Antique wide plank flooring can add historical dignity and distinction along with visual and structural character, accompanied by a warm, rich glow that no other product on the market can match, or correctly imitate. Nail holes, insect scars and tracking, mortising weathering are just some of the textures that make up the uniqueness. All of our antique wide plank floors are dried to 6-9% moisture content and fumigated to ensure you will enjoy your floors for a very long time. There are no shortcuts, we spend many hours respecting, manufacturing and engineering what mother nature has spent centuries preparing. Not only will your design elements be met, but your woodworker will appreciate the the precision milling for his ease of installation.

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The sourcing comes from the likes of old dairy and tobacco barns, churches and old commercial buildings such as factories and warehouses. Dry-docked boats and ironically old sawmills are intriguing origins for timbers with personality.

Take a look at the origin of some of our current stock of Reclaimed Timber.

“We gleaned 12″ planks from the rafters and from the anchor beams. The flooring and sleeper beams were 100% White Oak. The poles, which were added turn of the century when the barn was converted to a tobacco barn, were suspended across the livestock stalls and used for drying the tobacco leaves. They are especially rare, not just with the antiquity of them but, they were in great shape with the added benefit from the enzymatic changes of the drying tobacco leaves leaching into the beams. These beams came from White Oak and were hand hewn on two sides, with the remaining two sides still in the log form, from which we were able to saw 14″ wide planks. The added benefit from this formation was the sawing method of cutting through and through, commonly referred to as “live sawn”. Within each wide plank, sawn by this method, there are a host of grain patterns.”

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