Our work of selectively “mining the industrial forest”, reclaiming and remanufacturing vintage timber arises from this challenge. Sourcing and strategizing the adaptive reuse of this precious material has been both immensely challenging and rewarding. From the lengthy process of inspecting, acquiring, shipping, de-nailing, sorting, grading and inventorying of the material we have a fine sense of its highlights and best aesthetic and structural usage. We recognize the uniqueness of each offering and enjoy facilitating the progression of the material through our hands to the satisfied end user.
From a design perspective, Architects and Designers have exciting options available to them structurally and aesthetically-from 40′ beams to millwork, flooring, paneling and cabinetry. Material can be utilized “as is” for a more rustic look or resawn and planed for a clean, contemporary finish. Inherent in the older material is the richness and variety of the color palette of the heart content of the tree which can only be approximated today with stains. Good communication between the lumber supplier, the builder, the architect and the homeowner is essential for a successful outcome as the nuances of each building’s potential cache of material and the condition and consistency of this material widely varies. Utilizing reclaimed lumber can and will present challenges to the designer and builder who have not familiarized themselves with the materials’ idiosyncrasies. One cannot simply pull siding off an old barn and begin installing it in a house. Moisture content, varying thicknesses and numerous other potential inconsistencies in the material can leave the uninitiated scratching their heads in search of a solution. Reclamation Lumber can greatly ease this aspect of working with reclaimed material.