Over the last ten years the wood flooring industry has been introduced to a new phenomenon called Reclaimed Timber. Reclaimed Timber is somewhat of an art form. Old barns, buildings, fences, etc., are often comprised of old wood that is rich in character and as these buildings are taken down, the wood is being reclaimed instead of being sent to a landfill. When the wood is sent through the reclamation process, it brings out the richness of color and character of the wood and reflects a beauty that only something that’s been around for 100 years+ can bring. Reclaimed Timber is often coverted to be used as flooring, beams in homes, doors, desks, etc. Below is a more in-depth article on Reclaimed Timer found in the Architectural Salvage News:
The popularity of wood floors and other products milled from reclaimed lumber continues to increase and shows no signs of slowing down, with demand strong across all reclaimed wood species and throughout the country, according to representatives with several leading companies in the reclaimed wood industry. Consumers and designers specifying the material for use in residential new construction and remodeling projects, as well as in commercial projects, are fueling the demand, helped by the continued strength of the construction market. “We’ve significantly expanded what we’re doing and the reason behind that was quite simply to keep up with demand,” said David Foky, director of marketing for Ruckersville, Va., based Mountain Lumber, one of the leading companies in the reclaimed lumber industry. Mountain Lumber recently purchased Madison Wood Flooring in order to expand operations and keep pace with the growing market demand for reclaimed flooring (see related story in this issue).
Iain Harrison, marketing manager with Pioneer Woodworks said his company has seen its sales of reclaimed wood flooring increase 25 percent this year alone. Harrison agreed that both residential and commercial projects are fueling the product’s demand, with inquiries coming from builders and homeowners alike. “We’re also seeing a fair number of inquiries from architects and interior designers,” Harrison said. Pioneer is headquartered in Farmington, N.Y. Harrison estimated that 99 percent of the company’s sales are from reclaimed wood. While several company representatives cited the northeast and the entire east coast as being areas of strength for product sales, reclaimed lumber’s popularity certainly isn’t limited to those areas.“We have recently opened a new sales office Salt Lake City,” Harrison added. “That market and the mountain states we’re looking to expand into. We wouldn’t be there if we didn’t believe there was a good potential market there. We’ve been fairly active in pursuing the market in California as well. “One company already seeing, and meeting, the demand from the Western states is Stoddard, New Hampshire-based Carlisle Wide Plank Floors. Marketing Manager Connie Glover said Carlisle sells its product around the country but sees strong demand in several areas in particular, including Summit County, Colo., where many ski resort towns are located; the Bozeman, Big Sky, Yellowstone, Montana area; Northern California, and Florida.
Reclaimed lumber is popular for many reasons, including its appearance, uniqueness, the fact that it’s a “green” building material, the history or story often associated with the wood, and the wood’s quality, strength and stability.But it’s the product’s uniqueness factor that seems to intrigue buyers the most, regardless if it’s Goodwin Heart Pine’s River Recovered logs, Mountain Lumber’s Ancient Chinese Elm or Carlisle‘s Antique Chestnut.“
People are looking for a way to differentiate their project or home,” Foky said in citing the strong sales of Mountain Lumber’s Ancient Chinese Elm. “When you’re talking about wood from the Ming Dynasty in China, you’re talking about a unique product that certainly isn’t available anywhere else.”
*Architectural Salvage News (http://www.salvageweb.com/articles/art26.asp)