Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Before and After: Sinker Cypress Transforms into Stunning Home Accents

At the bottom of rivers and lakes throughout the South lay a hidden treasure from a past era of industry. When logging ruled the Southern United States, rivers were the primary source of transportation for the giant logs that were cut from the abundant forests of states like Louisiana, Georgia and Tennessee. As these logs were transported, some would come loose and sink to the bottom of these brackish rivers. There they lay in wait, cypress trees from the 1800's being perfectly preserved due to their natural rot resistance and giving truth to its nickname "Wood Eternal".

In the 70's, there was a resurgence of interest in antique woods as old factories and buildings were being torn down. Albany Woodworks, one of the first reclaimed flooring businesses in the US, began reclaiming wood from old buildings and logs found on the bottom of the rivers and lakes. The outside of these logs may look crusty, gray and ugly (pictured above) but inside is a wonderland of color and charm (pictured below).

Cypress is the ideal material for exterior applications like shutters, wall paneling, ceiling paneling and doors! To find out more, click here.