Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Beautiful, Green and Historic: Reclaimed Antique Lumber

Blogger's Note: One of the great things about purchasing reclaimed antique lumber from Albany Woodworks is that it is sustainable.  Nothing holds its value better and with a rising among of home building materials being sourced out of the country, finding a long-lasting, non-toxic product is rare.  Not so for Albany Woodworks who is staying true to its American-made roots by providing the best quality reclaimed lumber in the industry.  There is a real sense of history you get from our antique lumber, a piece of history you can bring home.  

(Above): Reclaimed antique lumber from Albany Woodworks adds a lifetime of enjoyment to your home.

From the Oldhouseweb.com article Reclaimed Antique Lumber: Beautiful, Green, and a Story to Tell:

Reclaimed Wood Comes With Its Own History
Reclaimed wood can come from many different places. Some comes from old barns that are starting to collapse; other types come from old industrial building that were constructed many years ago in our cities. When the buildings have sat empty for years and someone decides to build a new structure on the site, the old building is slated to be torn down. If the building has material in it worth saving, a de-construction crew usually takes it down. A de-construction crew takes the building down piece by piece, and they salvage the lumber. These buildings might be old tractor factories or breweries; they are can be in our country or Europe, but they are usually large and often full of antique lumber. The salvage crew or the lumber company involved often takes pictures of the building before it comes down. It’s possible in many cases to go back through history books and public records to learn the entire history of the building.

Reclaimed Wood Has a Chance to Shine Once Again
The reclaimed wood is taken back to the mills of the companies that specialize in antique reclaimed lumber, and a team removes all of the nails and anything else that might damage saw blades. Some of this reclaimed wood is in the form of huge beams; some other might be two-by-six flooring boards or posts. Depending on the size and how it can be cut, the mill is able cut several grades of most of the lumber.

The list of available species seems almost endless: maple, oak, heart pine, hickory, elm, cherry–just about anything you can think of. Some reclaimed wood companies even specialize in retrieving the timbers which fell off of the river barges while being moved many years ago.

Reclaimed Wood Can Help An Old House Look Old
Reclaimed wood is often used for flooring, but it can also be used for beams, paneling, cabinet stock, doors and trim, or any other wood decor for your old house restoration. There are reclaimed lumber companies all over the country. They often provide reclaimed wood products for historic restorations of famous buildings, and they can provide reclaimed wood for your old house restoration, too. But don’t just look at the pictures on websites – to really appreciate the beauty of this wood, you have to see it in front of you. Then you can sense its history.