Friday, January 31, 2014

Antique Heart Cypress Chair is Built to Last, 1980

This Adirondack Chair was the first item from our catalog! Its clean lines and natural weather-proof Antique Cypress construction make it a classic. A chair currently sits at our facility, in great shape after 30+ years.  #builttolast #antiqueheartcypress #louisianacraftsmen

How King Cake Became a New Orleans Tradition

Fun Fact: January 6th, or "Kings Day", is the official start of the Carnival season in New Orleans. As part of the celebration of Mardi Gras, it is traditional to bake an oval cake in honor of the three kings - the King Cake. 

Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors and a small baby is baked inside. Finding the baby is considered good luck. 

It also means you have to bring the next King Cake! 


Louisiana Pirogue Inspires Landing Craft Design for D-DAY, 1944

Fun Fact: Pirogue, from the Spanish word piragua, is a small flat-bottomed boat historically constructed from cypress used to navigate the Louisiana swamps. 

The ability to carry heavy loads and maneuver in shallow waters made it an ideal choice for the Lewis and Clark Expedition and on D-DAY with Higgins Landing Crafts based on its design. 

#louisianahistory #boatsthatchangedamerica

How Spanish Moss Became a Louisiana Industry

Fun Fact: Spanish moss, while beautiful to look at, is actually part of the bromeliads family and not truly a moss. 

Common to the Bald Cypress swamps of Louisiana it was harvested historically for its many uses: mattress stuffing, home insulation, and commercially to pad car seats. 

#swampcypress #naturalindustry

Artist George Rodrigue (1944 - 2013)

Known best for his famous Loup-Garou "Blue Dog" Albany Woodworks fondly remembers first seeing the works of artist George Rodrigue in "Talk About Good II: Le Livre de Cuisine des Acadians" cookbook published in 1979. 

Haunting and eerily beautiful, his early paintings provide a deep understanding of life in the swamps and bayous of rural Louisiana. 

He will be missed. #bluedog #georgerodrigue

DIY: Tennessee Cabin Updated with Antique Heart Pine from Albany Woodworks, 2007

Looking for a dramatic change from the dark green carpet of his Tennessee Mountain cabin, a customer contacted Albany Woodworks.

Owner Richard Woods was happy to talk through the project and to provide all of the beautiful Antique Heart Pine flooring he would require to complete the job.

 As you can see, the transformation to the space is amazing and our customer has added a lifetime of value to his home away from home.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chef Frank Davis (1942 - 2013)

Albany Woodworks saw Frank Davis at many a Superdome Home & Garden Show, spreading joy. No one could be glum around Frank. 

Frank Davis will be remembered as a natural ambassador of our southern culture. He was an expert in everything; family was important to him and he had a big heart. 

The true epitome of a Louisiana Sportsman. 

We miss you Frank. #frankdavis #naturallynawlins #sportsmansparadise

Success of America's Industrial Revolution Aided by Louisiana Heart Pine, 1820 - 1870

Fun Fact: Longleaf Heart Pine was used to build factories and warehouses during the Industrial Revolution. It was considered the most functional wood for construction in America during that time. 

The trees were slow-growing (taking 200 to 400 years to mature), tall, straight, and had a natural ability to resist mold and insects.

The Commodore Waterfront Restaurant Remodeled With Antique Lumber From Albany Woodworks - Key West, Florida

Another gorgeous Key West, Florida remodel by Albany Woodworks - The Commodore Waterfront Restaurant.

Known for its top choice steaks and fresh Gulf seafood, an attraction for locals and visitors alike.

The Commodore offers choice views overlooking tranquil Old Town Harbor and its many yachts. 

Our superior stock of virgin growth cypress was milled into exterior siding, shutters, and doors.

Chosen for its enduring quality and natural resistance to the elements, our Antique Heart Cypress makes for an attractive and durable exterior treatment. 

*New* Place d'Armes Coat/Towel Rack

Love the look of scrolling wrought iron, our Place d'Armes Coat/Towel Rack is multi-use and a great way to add a touch of Old New Orleans to your home! How to Order

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Identified as Louisiana 'Ghost Bird', 2006

Fun Fact: As of 2006, the critically endangered ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), native to Louisiana and believed to be extinct, has been rediscovered in old-growth Bald Cypress forests of Bayou DeView, located seven kilometers northwest of Brinkley, Arkansas. #conservation #ghostbird

From the EOS Science Journal, 2006: Fig. 1. An ancient Bald Cypress tree in the 800-year age class at Bayou DeView, Arkansas, the rediscovery site of the ivory-billed woodpecker (diameter 2.6 meters at 2 meters above ground). David Stahle, who reported the sighting, pictured for scale.

From The Birds of America by naturalist and painter John James Audubon, containing illustrations of a wide variety of birds of the United States. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is featured as Plate 66 and shows the rare bird with all of its color and proud plumage on display. The Birds of America was first published as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838, in Edinburgh and London.

The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is 20" in length with a 30" wingspan, making it one of the largest woodpeckers of the world. The Bird's bill is the color of ivory, thus its name. Ivory-Bills have a variety of white and sleek black markings down their back and wings, however their wings are mostly white in color.

In 1939, Jim Tanner, a Cornell ornithologist who spent much of his professional career documenting the last remaining populations of the bird, estimated that about 25 ivory-billed woodpeckers remained in Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina. This rare photo of a juvenile of the species was taken by Tanner showing the bird perched on his field guide's hat.

Trailer for the 2009 film Ghost Bird, from Youtube:

"Set in a murky swamp overrun with birders, scientists, and reporters, this critically acclaimed documentary is an eco-noir exploring the limits of certainty, the seductive power of hope, and how one phantom woodpecker changed a sleepy Southern town forever." 

Author Mattoon's Southern Cypress Last Record of Virgin-Growth Cypress Forests in Louisiana, 1915

Wilbur R. Mattoon graduated in forestry from Yale University in 1904 after which he embarked upon his extensive study and work in forestry in the South researching historical records of the management of southern commercial trees. 

Figure 6. This virgin stand of Bald Cypress in Ashley County, Arkansas, was well stocked with valuable columnar trees in the early 20 century. As impressive as these trees appear, they would actually have been smaller than the 8 to 10 foot diameter trees routinely found in the best virgin cypress swamps of the Southeast, prior to the era of aggressive lumber exploitation (Mattoon 1915).

Figure 7. This amazing photograph was published in W.R. Mattoon’s important agriculture bulletin on Bald Cypress in 1915. It illustrates a massive cypress in Georgia that was 46 inches in diameter and 128 feet tall, with the locomotive engine being used to log this virgin forest for scale.
He also conducted the first experiments in the South on reforestation. 

Figure 10. Mattoon’s 1915 map illustrates the areas of “local” and “heavy production” of cypress lumber in the early 20 century. Most of the cypress lumber was produced in Louisiana and Florida.
His article "The Southern Cypress", written in 1915, is valued for detailing the era of the last original virgin-growth forests.

The original cover of "The Southern Cypress" by W.R. Mattoon, published by the US Department of Agriculture September 27, 1915.

Prehistoric Cypress Swamp Discovered in Washington D.C., 1966

From the Quaternary Science Reviews, 2012:
Fig. 15. This map locates the sub-surface Walker Interglacial Swamp which is buried some 6 m below street level in downtown Washington D.C., only four blocks north of the White House (from Knox, 1966). Large well-preserved Bald Cypress logs and stumps have been encountered during construction projects, and are believed to have been buried by the Potomac River estuary during warm interglacial conditions and higher sea levels.

*New* Bayou Birdie Bungalow

Another *New* item to our webstore. Made from 1,000-year-old Sinker Cypress, our Bayou Birdie Bungalow is authentically Southern and sure to please! How to Order

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Albany Woodworks Featured in New Orleans Magazine, 2014

Check out Albany Woodworks featured in the January 2014 issue of New Orleans Magazine.  From the article Antique Lumber for Home Remodeling:

"Albany Woodworks, the reclaimed antique lumber specialist, is providing a selection of products for home renovations.  For more than 30 years, Albany Woodworks has been providing vintage lumber for homes, businesses and historic renovations.  It is now easier than ever to incorporate reclaimed woods into home projects."  View Article

Visit Our *New* Online Store

Made Local Our products, hand-crafted right here in Southern Louisiana, will make you smile! Made in the traditional way from Antique Heart Pine and Cypress, reclaimed lumber from The Heart of the South. Let us know of any special requests, those are our specialty!

Made Green Our family-run business has been going strong for 35 years, we have found that reclaiming antique lumber is the only truly sustainable lumber product.  We use it to make all of our quality hand-crafted products for your home.

Made Right Made right the very first time.  Our 37 years of experience in building homes the traditional way is carried on into our home furnishing, accents, and gifts.

*New* Bayou Birdhouses 
The newest addition to our Company Store, and aren't they charming! 

Made from our 1,000-year-old reclaimed Heart Pine & Cypress, they will warm your heart. How to Order

BAYOU BOARDStm Featured in New Orleans Magazine "Best of Barbecue" Issue, 2013


Featured in this month's "Best of Barbecue" #neworleansmagazine, our BAYOU BOARDStm are the perfect gift for all of you serious grillers out there! #bbqpitmasters #sportsmansparadise

Our new online store features 100% Antique Heart Pine and Cypress hand-crafted Louisiana-made products. including our grill-friendly 100% Antique Cypress Bayou Boards.   
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Pullboat Lines from Cypress Logging Industry Still Visible in Manchac, Louisiana, 1994

Fun Fact: 1994 Aerial photo of Pass Manchac, Louisiana, once entirely wooded, shows deep trenches resulting from dragging Cypress logs to Pullboats. Remnants from the early days of Cypress logging, still visible to this day. #axmen #landofcypress

Higgins Industries Uses Louisiana Heart Pine for Victory at D-DAY, 1944

Fun Fact: Trees from Louisiana forests - specifically old-growth Heart Pine - were an important ingredient in these boats that made the success of the D-DAY landings possible. #veteransday #honorourheros

1944 photo: Higgins Industries in New Orleans, Louisiana: "The Guy Who Relaxes is Helping the Axis"
 US Coast Guard Certificate of Merit: "Mr. Woods is cited for notable service for ... invaluable support of The Higgins Boat Project which resulted in the construction of an authentic Higgins Boat for display at The National WWII Museum..."


Higgins Boat on display at The National WWII Museum, built using Antique Heart Pine keel and ribs donated by Albany Woodworks.

Andrew Higgins, his LCVP Landing Craft, built in New Orleans, was credited by Eisenhower for the success on D-DAY.

Oldest Steam Engine in Louisiana on Display in Historic Downtown Ponchatoula

Fun Fact: Built in 1914, now retired from her many years of hauling lumber out of the swamps, the LA Cypress Lumber Co. is the oldest steam engine in Louisiana. It is currently on display, and can be viewed with a Sinker Cypress log donated to the city of Ponchatoula by Albany Woodworks. #steamengine

Beauvoir Restored to Pre-Katrina Elegance with Antique Heart Pine from Albany Woodworks

Fun Fact: Built in 1848 Jefferson Davis' House was used as a Civil War Veteran's Home and Hospital after the War. Wives of deceased Veterans were allowed to live there as well. 

Though it had weathered many hurricanes without harm, Hurricane Katrina's flood waters caused extensive damage which was completely restored using Antique Heart Pine from Albany Woodworks. #historic #restoration