1. It’s beautiful.
“Industrial” commercial wood has evolved so much that the woods almost don’t resemble organic wood anymore. Actually, some industrial processes have been trying to emulate reclaimed wood to get back that natural feeling and beauty. Not only new wood products, but pottery and other flooring materials are trying to emulate reclaimed wood too. It seems very clear to everybody: reclaimed wood is beautiful, full of character, and deeply deeply appreciated.
2. It’s unique.
Each finished floor, wall, chair, table, door, veneer, furniture and house is different and absolutely unique when it comes to reclaimed woods. Without any effort, the collage of old woods makes it always a different piece of art and an inspiring beauty.
3. It’s doubly ecological: it reuses existent wood and avoids taking down new trees.
The famous American poet Henry-David Thoreau built his “Walden” cabin mostly from reclaimed wood, and his reasons was economics and nature. It is kind of obvious, but we always like to highlight this important decision: if we really love nature and wish to make a difference on the way things are, we have the option to build new houses and home pieces from reclaimed wood, from woods that already exist and can be perfectly restored, be useful and can be beautiful.
4. It’s a piece of history.
This is part of each wood uniqueness: each piece comes from a tree, and a whole house can be a huge mix of trees that may live on by being useful to us. The history is there, in the story of the old wood.
5. It’s strong and characterful.
Each board or timber is carefully handled, cleaned, and protected for its next phase. The process to get the reclaimed wood ready is longer than the process for new wood, and the strength is not only visual, it is fundamental.
6. It’s always beyond average
Where new wood looks average and regular, reclaimed wood excels and looks wonderful. Even on a mantle. A door. Any single piece of anything, it can be breathe taking. You can make one wall of your house out of reclaimed wood from antique barns and there you go: the beauty is there. Always beyond average.
7. Limitless creative.
Reclaimed wood is a challenge for someone who is creative: because too many wonderful things can be invented by reclaimed old. Not only different things with different forms, but with different thickness, colors, cuts, and weights. If you are creative, you can spend hours, days, weeks (months, years, decades!) getting new ideas to use reclaimed wood. Experience it!
8. Anything goes with it.
Even a simple clock stands out when it is made of a beautiful piece of old wood. Think about it: chairs, tables, little hangers, big and small furniture, lamp holders, details on the walls, stools, stairs, wine shelves, beds, drawers, coffee tables, candle holders, really a million things more. Reclaimed wood can enhance anything.
9. It’s the look and feel
Reclaimed wood is a masterpiece of nature and human manufacturing, and nothing beats the look and feel of it. Reclaimed wood from houses, sidings, floors, walls…all bring the aliveness and unique organic quality of the woods, it surpasses the strength and character of the pieces made out of special rocks or marbles, and it also excels in warmth, charm, and beauty over cold hard brick walls. It’s the whole package.
Know a little more about reclaimed wood
Understanding The Cost When You Buy Reclaimed Wood
“Let’s talk about reclaimed wood and some of the costs that get figured into pricing whereas new wood doesn’t. I get asked often times about why reclaimed wood floors and other old wood material that are made from reclaimed wood are more expensive. So this is a brief story about some of the costs involved in the reclaimed wood process.
Initially, removing old wood out of the building is a costly process, it involves multiple people, many man hours, and lots of equipment, big heavy equipment. Next, dismantling a building often comes with waste during the teardown. You can’t just take a beam, board, or timber out of a barn or a building and expect it’s going to stay in that shape, it might break or there might be some other compromised area.
Following the removal, the wood needs to be shipped to the area so it can be trimmed, de-nailed and a thorough inspection of the material before it’s temporarily stored. Often these sections involve moving or shipping to a new location. The trimming and elimination of all metal remanence (nails, bolts, clips, rods, etc.) in the reclaimed material is critical because even small pieces can ruin a sawmill blade. The trimming and elimination of all metal remanence (nails, bolts, etc.) in the reclaimed material is critical because even small pieces can ruin a sawmill blade. The next step can often involve sawing the wood to custom sizes, unique measurements, or customer specification. An example of this wood (pun intended) be to saw down the material to 1 inch width for flooring.
After the sawmill work is complete, the material is moved to a facility so it can be treated to eliminate any potential rot. This kiln process also stabilizes the wood and deters any bugs. One of the uniquenesses in reclaimed wood is often holes or burrows created by powder post beetles, bugs, or other critters, but they are no longer welcome in your wood.
Once the old wood has been reclaimed, trimmed, de-metaled, treated, it’s ready for the mill. The Miller or Millwork team is where your wood gets the final trim or wainscoting. Usually a high (50% on average) waste factor happens here, but the final product is ready for your project.
I hope this helps you understand a little bit more about when buying reclaimed wood it comes with more history but more cost. The result is second to none and full of lots of neat character. Imagine the warmth of the wood and knowing that you didn’t require clear cutting a forest in order to get the look you desire.