We use only 100% solid reclaimed old (100+ year) American wood.
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About barn wood:
Our passion for sustainability means that our custom furniture products are made entirely from 100% solid reclaimed barn wood. Our pine, oak and chestnut barn boards are all salvaged exclusively from dismantled barns across America, abandoned to the elements in its natural state for many decades and even centuries. For this reason these reclaimed wood planks are also known as barn wood, salvaged wood, barn boards or a combination of the above. The essence of our company has always been to deliver the highest quality furniture while using exclusively sustainable and eco friendly materials.
We use reclaimed American wood unlike our competitors (e.g. Restoration Hardware)
All of our wood is sourced domestically from America, not to be fooled with new/old wood that is sourced from overseas. Wood milled overseas is a different species and is used to a different climate which will result in a greater risk of cracking.
Did you know that reclaimed old wood is stronger than new wood? Don’t be fooled by young (30-60 year)”old” wood.
Old pine normally comes from older slow growth (60-150+ year) trees, which produce tighter grains, verses today’s fast growth (30 year) pine. Because of age and wear old pine has also become a bit petrified due to exposure to the elements. Old pine scores approximately 2x higher than new pine on the wood hardness test know as the Janka scale.
Janka Scale: higher number = harder wood:
New pine 350-400
Old Chestnut 540-600
Old Oak 1250-1300
Old Pine 650-700
Reclaimed barn wood first became popular as a modern material in the 1970s on the East Coast of America, where a few enlightened pioneers took the first tentative steps towards repurposing old lumber from barns that were being dismantled. The movement gathered pace on the style savvy West Coast a decade later, fueled not only by changing trends in interiors but an emerging environmental conscious. The demand and popularity of these reclaimed materials has been skyrocketing ever since.
Literally able to trace its roots back to the barn from which the material was salvaged, reclaimed barn wood has become a thing of beauty, a statement of social conscience, a smart investment and a medium for which its style will be popular for generations. Wood that is salvaged once performed a critical function, acting as America’s primary building material. It was used in the construction of barns, factories, warehouses and decking, to name a few. Like a fine wine, the wood we use only gets better with age, as we only use the highest quality wood, naturally aged 60 – 150 years, compared to new pine and other woods aged only 30 years which is commonly found in “mass market” wood furniture.