Our Southern Yellow Heart Pine was reclaimed from the framing and structural supports of commercial buildings built prior to 1920. Massive amounts of timber from the Southeastern U.S., that when harvested was already hundreds of years old, was used in these buildings. Since the pine trees grew naturally, they were most often seedlings very close to one another. The trees had to fight for sun and nourishment and hence grew quite slowly. This is the primary reason their ring pattern is so dense and the wood so much harder and durable than new pine. These trees grew slowly and naturally. We have beams in inventory with 200 rings on a 14” square center cut beam.
Our largest Southern Pine beams are from two Chicago buildings. One is the former St. James Catholic Church at 29th and Wabash. The other is the former Pullman Couch Company complex where 1/3 of the structures were destroyed by a huge fire in January 2013. The massive fire was deemed the “Chicago Ice Fire” and we have many partially burnt beams from this structure that have an unusual, awesome texture and appearance.
Large supply of 2.5”x7.5”x22’ decking. Grade A.
6 x 6 beams
14”x14”x 12’ beams
We were fortunate to have an opportunity to buy the meticulously reclaimed barn and fencing wood from Winstar Farms in Versailles, Kentucky. This prestigious thoroughbred farm has produced Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners. This oak is primarily 1”x6”x7’ long in plank form. The colors range from a painted black, weathered gray to a painted white. The exposure to the elements has given the timber an interesting and beautiful grain pattern.
We deconstructed two huge factory buildings in Chicago where the floors were composed of maple flooring from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Most flooring is 5/8’ thick these days, but this reclaimed maple is 1 ¼” x 2 ½”. Our virgin maple was harvested in the late 1800s by two logging companies that originally were pine loggers. The maple is cured, hardened and beautiful. Many pieces are curly maple, birds eye maple and pecky maple, with lots of character. It can be reused as flooring, wall cladding thin wood cladding with a lot of different finish options. It comes worn, gray, fresh cut showing unique grain patterns or even refinished. This reclaimed maple is super durable and should last another 200 years.
400 years old, virgin U.S. hardwood that was growing when the settlers came to the U.S. It was used in the framing and structures of buildings from 1870-1920. Great for flooring, cabinetry and wall cladding.
Ceiling joists 10” x 13” x 20’
2.5” x 7.5” x 22’
6 x 6 beams
Old growth, exotic Brazilian hardwoods Angelim Vermelho, Azobe and Mahogany have unmatched durability, high density and unparalleled beauty. Acquiring this wood was one of our craziest endeavors. Our reclaimed, certified, Brazilian Mahogany is 600 years old.
Available in 1/12″ thick in varying widths and lengths.
Natural coloring of dark red to purple brown.
Our wood pilings were dredged from the Chicago River and used to be the foundation for the city of Chicago.