Source Story: Sawmill Oak


wood with a rich history adds the ultimate Rustic and distressed feel to flooring, cladding and custom wood applications

One of the barns in the Eastern US disassembled for our Sawmill Oak product.

One of the barns in the Eastern US disassembled for our Sawmill Oak product.

Interior of an old barn taken down as a source of our Sawmill Oak.

Interior of an old barn taken down as a source of our Sawmill Oak.

Sawmill Oak has rich and rustic character, including saw-trace marks, nail holes and deep grooves.

Sawmill Oak has rich and rustic character, including saw-trace marks, nail holes and deep grooves.

Sawmill Oak is sourced in the eastern and midwest regions of the U.S. from structures that have outlived their usefulness and are slated for demolition or deconstruction. Agricultural buildings, like barns and outbuildings, are a primary source of domestic hardwoods, as well as factories, warehouses and other structures. 

Our Sawmill Oak gives a lively impression of reclaimed wood with a history. Showing strong forms of character, including deep grooves, sawmill marks, nail holes, checks and oxide stains, this wood celebrates the pastoral antiquity of the structures initially built from them.

This red and white oak mix is great for flooring, cladding, stair treads, tables and unique custom applications. Sawmill Oak is available in 3", 4" and 5" mixed width standard product, with single or mixed widths up to 10" wide available. Don’t hesitate to give us a call or email us about any questions or inquiries regarding this or other Anthology Woods products.

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Project Log: CATCH Restaurant Las Vegas


The main entrance of CATCH showcases our Sawmill Oak flooring

The main entrance of CATCH showcases our Sawmill Oak flooring

CATCH, a dazzling seafood restaurant located inside the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, showcases distressed reclaimed flooring and paneling in an upscale, eclectic restaurant space. Designed by Rockwell Group, the aesthetic of this 7,000 square foot restaurant creates an open, Mediterranean feel with lush pergolas and olive trees accented with our reclaimed oak flooring and white and gray washed wall cladding. Boutique Design describes the interior of the restaurant, including custom-dyed Italian leather seating and a green and blue quartzite bar top, which creates a cozy and luxurious environment perfect for the Vegas setting.

Our White and Gray Washed Stout’s Legacy Blend accentuates the walls of the bar area and dining rooms. The beautiful light tones enhance the modern, yet nature-inspired style of the restaurant, adding to the outdoor-indoor effect. The use of both the white and gray washed tones creates a variegated effect, adding depth and texture to the space.

Multiple materials add contrast and depth to the design of the sushi bar

Multiple materials add contrast and depth to the design of the sushi bar

Contrasting with the light tones, our Sawmill Oak flooring welcomes patrons in the entranceway. It is finished with clear oil to bring out the deep richness and expressive texture of the wood, sourced from Red and White Oak from barns, out-buildings and warehouses in the Eastern U.S.. The character of this floor may include fastener holes, surface texture, and/or tight knots, which add unique personality to a floor that can handle high-traffic environments, like restaurants. It was a perfect choice for this stunning restaurant entrance, dripping with colorful foliage and fanciful lights.

Sawmill Oak flooring at the pergola entrance

Sawmill Oak flooring at the pergola entrance

This project highlights the diverse application of reclaimed wood as a floor, wall, and ceiling material for inspiring, design-driven restaurant spaces. Mixed with other materials, like weathered brick and stone (and foliage!), wood paneling and flooring help create the perfect eating environment.

Main dining area of CATCH

Main dining area of CATCH

For more on CATCH, check out this Eater Las Vegas article, which showcases more of the foliage-heavy design aspects of this unique eatery. We enjoyed working with Rockwell Group on this project and finding the right wood for their aesthetic. If you’d like to include a reclaimed wood wall, floor or ceiling in your next project, give us a call or reach out via the email – we’d love to help you create the right look! We are dedicated to quality and we are happy to customize our products to fit your design needs.

Visit CATCH for its inspiring food and lush design in Las Vegas, located in the Aria Resort & Casino at 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89158.



Oil Finish


White Washed Finish


Gray Washed Finish

The Ambience of Character: Restaurant spaces use reclaimed wood to create warm & inviting environments

Restaurant projects have always been near to our hearts at Anthology Woods.  We recognize the important role coming together over food & drinks plays in building relationships and creating community, and we love our connection to that process in sourcing & preparing old wood for a new life in restaurants. 

You'll find our "Wood with a Story" cladding the walls, ceilings & floors for an envelope of warm atmosphere, creating the table tops we come together across, and greeting you with exterior accents.  We consider the character of ambience reclaimed wood contributes to be one of an understated and effortless impression - casual enough to make anyone feel comfortable being themselves & completely authentic - just like your favorite hosts.  Grab a brew of your favorite beer or coffee, and scroll through a tour of our favorite pairings:  Food, Drink, & Wood with a Story!

White Wood Flooring: How to make it work for your project

White wood flooring - is it right for your project? 

The practical aspects of white wood flooring...

Clean, bright white spaces lend an uplifting feeling of contemporary simplicity, and this palette of white sometimes extends to the floor in the form of white-washed, bleached, lyme (limed) or lye treated, soaped, cerused or even painted wood plank flooring.  If you are thinking about using a white wood floor in your project, there are a few things to consider to help you assess how good of a fit it will be long-term.

Patina vs. Pristine:
Inevitably, a white floor will wear (as all floors do) but you can care for it to extend the original look.  If your goal is to maintain the pristine white look of your floors for as long as possible, keep them clean.  That sounds like an obvious statement right?  By clean, we’re talking about shoes being left behind and clean stocking feet providing the only traffic.  If the space you are considering white floors for will receive traffic from many people other than you, are you prepared to chase each person to the surrender of their shoes?  If the answer to this question is no, then embrace the flip side of patina & wear.  Part of the journey of any floor is wear, and embracing that wear emphasizes a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

This article from Architectural Digest offers additional insight to white wood floors in an interview with Kevin Greenberg.

How to embrace white wood floors in a user-friendly way:

White – but not that white:
We love a tinted white oil finish (zero VOC) to give a soft, pale and minimalist/Scandinavian influence to wood floors and wall paneling.  As a white finish that is not “bright white” your floor will show wear in a more subtle manner.  A white oil can also be re-applied as needed without having to move all of the furniture out & re-finish everything together – you can even just do spot touch-up.  Our Sugared Teak at Chillhouse in New York features this kind of simple subtle white finish.


A wood species with an active grain and a live-sawn (aka european sawn) or flat sawn pattern will create increased variation, as will reclaimed character.  With a more casual feel to begin with, floors will age more gracefully.  Below is an image of our Pacific Madrone in Select Grade showing off an elegant sweeping grain with a white finish.  In addition to flooring, this look is available in classic wall cladding & our ThinClad wall paneling as well, in a variety of widths.


A textured surface will help hide scratches and will create increased variation as well.  Wire brushing is an easy way to add texture (and you can create either a subtle wire brushed texture or something more aggressive, depending on aesthetic preference).  Our Left Coast White Oak: Oxley pictured below has a wire-brushed texture:


If you would like guidance in your wood selection or more information on what Anthology Woods can offer, please reach out for more information!


Project photos: Campbell project - reclaimed softwood wall paneling

The Campbell project pictured below has a feature wall of reclaimed wood in the Northwest Blend color range.  The solid wall planking is milled with a tongue & groove edge for easy, precise installation, and is kiln-dried to avoid issues with insects or moisture.  All color variation is due to natural bleached/faded gray & brown color tones from sun & weather exposure.  The mixed width wall paneling lends to a randomized installation with a rustic/casual feel.