FROM START TO FINISH

Giving old lumber a new life is a slow process, but one that will ultimately result in a beautiful, high-quality product. Reclaiming wood isn’t just about the beauty of it, either. Our products reduce waste, save forests, and bring a warmth and patina to your project that new wood cannot. The process of transforming century-old lumber into a well-born architectural surface is a meticulous labor of love. As you can see below, we handle every plank more than a dozen times as we prepare it for it’s next life.

1. Sourcing

Most of our wood is sourced from agricultural structures, while our timbers are usually salvaged from industrial factories. The wood we accept has tight growth rings and old growth – something that can only be found in lumber milled from 1901-1903.
Learn more about our sources.

2. Dismantling

These historic structures must be carefully dismantled to best preserve the material. We start by salvaging doors, hardware, and windows. Then, we remove the siding one board at a time. Lastly, we salvage the support beams.

3. Metal Detecting

Prior to milling the lumber, every piece is carefully inspected by hand and cleared of metal and debris. From cut nails to musket shots, we find all kinds of interesting artifacts in our wood.

4. Kiln-Drying

Kiln drying the material is necessary for two reasons: First, it stabilizes the wood to minimize movement upon installation. Secondly, the kiln drying process sterilizes the lumber, leaving it free of unwanted critters that may have taken up residence within it.

5. Flattening + Sizing

After a hundred years in the sun, snow, wind, and rain, lumber can get a little weird. We use a special planer to flatten the planks, making them suitable for floors and architectural millwork. Once the planks are flattened, they are sized up on our rip saw to customer specifications.

6. Defecting

Blowouts, splits, and cracks – no thanks! We love and honor the inherent character found in old material, but not all of it is worth saving. Removing anything that will affect structural integrity is part of our quality control.

7. Moulding

Tongue-and-groove, shiplap, rabbet, etc. We offer many different profiles depending on the application of the material.

8. Finishing

From century-old wood finishes like tung oil to ultra-modern washes, the options are endless. Please contact us to discuss your custom finishing needs.

9. Shipping + Delivery

Shipping and delivery is a simple process. After working out a ship date, we carefully stack and bind our wood and send it to you to unload. To ease your mind, a tracking number will be provided so you can follow along every step of the way.