As we look back, there are many stories we have covered that are close to the heart of what makes this state, and the Gulf Coast region so viable for quality antique wood products. There is a strong history of solid wood craftsmanship that we identify with, and it seems our customers all share this passion. Without further ado, here are our top stories of the year:
One of our personal favorites is the write-up about the oak tree that Albany Woodworks helped Loyola University craft into natural-edged solid oak benches for the Uptown New Orleans campus. You can read the story here: Historic Oak on Loyola Campus Given
Now, a little bit more about our company, and why our reclaimed antique wood products are so beautiful and enduring.
From the Albany Woodworks website:
Family-owned and Operated since 1977
"Albany Woodworks is a family owned and operated business located in the heart of southeast Louisiana's bayou country. For years, we have been bringing new life to reclaimed antique lumber for homes, businesses, and historic restorations.
Whether it be plank flooring, doors, plantation shutters, stair parts, moldings or unique custom millwork, we can answer all your needs with the natural beauty of quality woodwork. Our company has been honored several times, including media spotlights and an opportunity to work with renowned architect, A. Hays Town.
Richard Woods CEO, Albany Woodworks
As the owner and CEO of Albany Woodworks for over 37 years, Richard Woods has always believed in using sustainable building materials. His home is completely constructed from Antique Heart Pine and Cypress that he carefully salvaged from 100+ year old buildings. In fact, the home he built for his family is where Albany Woodworks got its start.
Looking for a quality building material that would endure the wear and tear of raising two young children and not cost an arm and a leg, Richard was inspired by the rich history of Southern Architecture that surrounded him, and specifically the designs of A. Hayes Town. He noticed that the most beautiful homes in New Orleans and surrounding areas was constructed almost entirely out of Heart Pine and Cypress from the original swamp forests of the South.
With the last virgin-growth forests long since cut down, where would Richard find the tight-grain and large percentage of heart wood that the old lumber had to offer. Following the history of where the original lumber forests traveled, Richard found many turn-of-the-century commercial buildings were built from this quality lumber, and at the time in the 1980's were being torn down.
Richard has spent years perfecting the process of reclaiming these original well-seasoned beams using state-of-the-art machinery. Whether for a new construction or a re-modeling project, we offer a wealth of knowledge and an understanding of truly beautiful Southern-style architecture."