About Reclaimed Wood
Most reclaimed timber was originally sawn from old growth trees that were much larger, slower growing and had tighter growth rings than trees cut today.
Compare the growth ring density of Reclaimed Old Growth Wood to new lumber and you will typically find much finer grain in the Reclaimed Wood. The old wood has been fastened in place in a structure, usually from 50 to 150 years in the Western States, where it air dried and seasoned to a stable condition.
Therefore, when a building is deconstructed, the posts, beams, joists, purlins, and rafters generally maintain their straightness. When we get a twisted post or beam we can saw it straight and square. Unlike new timber, the resawn old wood will stay straight 99% of the time. This is one reason why many timber framers and other fine builders prefer reclaimed timbers.
The look of aged, antique lumber and timbers has a warm and welcoming quality. From golden brown to light gray patinas, there’s something soothing in the old wood.