Woodology

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

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.

From the Barn Beam to the Board Room

One of the best parts of our job is seeing the transformation that can take place when old, worn and weathered materials are re-imagined in a new form, and placed in a completely different setting.  Take for example barn beams that are removed from a decaying, crumbling structure, and then placed in a clean and contemporary modern office space.  Along the way those beams may go through many processes: de-nailing, re-sawing, ripping, planing, molding, etc. and emerge from other side as completely different looking products.  

Other times, simply juxtaposing a rough and rustic element in a unusual setting is enough to create a stunning, and eye-catching element.  The effect can be truly amazing!  We love helping clients find the "right" material for their space, and we love sharing the story of how that look came to be.

 

Rough weathered  Grey Medley Oak  from Anthology Woods is juxtaposed with modern, clean lines for a dramatic effect in this installation designed by  Neumann Monson Architects . (photo courtesy of Neumann Monson Architects)

Rough weathered Grey Medley Oak from Anthology Woods is juxtaposed with modern, clean lines for a dramatic effect in this installation designed by Neumann Monson Architects. (photo courtesy of Neumann Monson Architects)

Anthology Woods is comprised of experts in the industry.  We know how to connect the dots better than anyone else. We take pride in turning something old into something new.

From the barn beam to the boardroom.

From Low Brow to High Rise.

From the chicken house to the penthouse.

From down and dirty to high and mighty.

From rustic to modern. Dirty to clean. 

Anthology Woods can deliver.

We make it easy to integrate Anthology Woods into every element in your project. From inspiration to implementation Anthology Woods will make sure your job is done correctly. On time. On budget. For designers, architects, contractors, homeowners. For you.

Give us a call or drop us a line www.anthologywoods.com

Oil? Wax? Urethane? what is the difference in wood floor finishes?

FSC-CERTIFIED RECLAIMED DINIZIA HARDWOOD       FLOORING WITH A POLYURETHANE FINISH

FSC-CERTIFIED RECLAIMED DINIZIA HARDWOOD       FLOORING WITH A POLYURETHANE FINISH

A recent article by the NWFA sheds light on various floor finishes used through the ages.  This highly informative and entertaining article describes the differences in nearly every modern floor finish, including advantages and disadvantages, VOC content, ease (or difficulty) of application, and much more.

If you are in the market for a new floor, or just thinking about re-finishing your existing floor this article will be a great resource to get started.  If you want to learn more about finishes or need help selecting the right finish for your project contact the technical experts at Anthology Woods.  Got dogs? High-traffic? Don't care for high-sheen?  Desire "easy maintenance?"  Anthology Woods offers a variety of pre-finished options and can recommend the right finish for your project.

Reclaimed Wood & Diamonds

Reclaimed Wood & Diamonds: Five Things they Have in Common

While you may not immediately think of reclaimed wood when you look at a brilliant diamond, they certainly share some common ground:  

1. Each is Unique

Diamonds are pulled from the earth in a range of color, and varying degrees of “flaws” to separate the real diamonds from the imposters.  In wood it’s called “natural variation.”  We add the terms “character” and “evidence of prior use” in the world of reclaimed wood.  No single piece will be identical to another.  Ever.  While perfect imposters abound, the unique "perfectly flawed" nature of diamonds and wood provides us a human and "real" connection to these naturally-occurring forms.

2. A Journey to Full Beauty 

Only the well-trained and experienced eye can predict the value of a “diamond in the rough” before the diamond embarks on the journey to realize a full potential and beauty.  The same is true for looking at a tree and knowing what it will yield – and even more true for looking at a pile of reclaimed wood and understanding the potential that awaits.  Value is added in the process of grading, cutting, etc.

This reclaimed Douglas Fir beam is old and unwieldy now, but it contains great beauty waiting to be released - by someone with the vision & skills

This reclaimed Douglas Fir beam is old and unwieldy now, but it contains great beauty waiting to be released - by someone with the vision & skills

One of a kind beauty and character abound once the wood is finessed into a stunning beam block wall. Anthology Woods provides custom sourcing of reclaimed lumber for these types of projects.

One of a kind beauty and character abound once the wood is finessed into a stunning beam block wall. Anthology Woods provides custom sourcing of reclaimed lumber for these types of projects.

 3. They can spark Social Wrongs and Environmental Destruction – so it matters where you buy

We’ve heard the ugly side of the diamond industry, and know the massive deforestation in tropical regions from illegal logging (this video estimates 30% of logging is illegal.  Both diamonds and wood are making progress -- both for our planet and our fellow man.  Look for Fair Trade diamonds from companies like Brilliant Earth, and FSC certified wood & reclaimed wood - feel free to start by looking at ours.

4. Size matters -- a lot

You can buy many many 1/10 carat diamonds for the price of one full-carat rock.  Bigger diamonds are less common, more coveted, and much more valuable.  The same goes if you are looking for a set of big, old-growth beams vs. a 1x4.  There is a premium on the large, impressive items.

These large hand hewn reclaimed oak beams are rare and have more value than similar reclaimed wood lumber in smaller dimensions. Reclaimed beams can be graded for use in structural applications, too.

These large hand hewn reclaimed oak beams are rare and have more value than similar reclaimed wood lumber in smaller dimensions. Reclaimed beams can be graded for use in structural applications, too.

5. The Older it is, the More Interesting the History

Just as jewels handed down through generations, or sold and traveled and traded, wood earns a better story the longer it lives.  The story connects us to people far away and even long gone… who drove the nail that left this oxide stain?  What storm caused this water mark?  How long did it take for the texture to appear on these Teak wall boards?   

Oxide stains, nail holes, and deep checks as well as color changes due to seasoning are only a few of the details that stand out in genuine reclaimed lumber.

Oxide stains, nail holes, and deep checks as well as color changes due to seasoning are only a few of the details that stand out in genuine reclaimed lumber.


In the realm of treasured heirlooms, the fakes don’t hold a candle to the real deal.  When something is purchased for a lifetime (or more!) something unique, precious, and special is selected.  If you seek heirloom wood to join you in your journey, please talk to us at 1-800-293-8178 or email info@anthologywoods.com

Reclaimed Wood - 6 top reasons for use

Reclaimed Wood - 6 top reasons for reclaimed wood (with pictures) in interiors

Whether you love a good story or are on a mission to save the planet, reclaimed wood offers many motivations for use in contemporary interiors for wood walls, floors, custom doors and table tops.

6 – Aging gracefully with Old Wood

Where good looks and low-maintenance coincide, here lays the reclaimed natural patina wood floor.  Scratches and dents from daily traffic only add to its charm and with an oil finish the light maintenance means it may never need to be sanded and re-finished.  Reclaimed Pela Teak and Sawmill Oak are candidates for this kind of look.

This Reclaimed Teak wood floor with a clear oil finish provides a rich distressed canvas that will hide scratches and dents from shoe and pet traffic.

5 – They don’t make them like this anymore: Antique qualities of Reclaimed Wood 

The days of harvesting old growth timber are largely in the past.  Old growth is generally more stable, more durable, and possesses unique aesthetic qualities when compared alongside new wood of the same species. 

The Reclaimed Oak Flooring in this New York bar consists of old growth planks harvested from big trees long ago. Heritage Oak is pictured along with Vinters Reserve Redwood Wainscoting

4 - Warm up a cool, modern space with Recycled Wood

We love it when modern spaces and the rustic influences of old wood collide.  Reclaimed wood hints at an established longevity and softens otherwise stark and cool environments.  Rich texture takes the edge off of modern angles and materials.

This reclaimed beam block wall is right at home in a sleek contemporary corporate interior. Custom by Anthology Woods.

This reclaimed beam block wall is right at home in a sleek contemporary corporate interior. Custom by Anthology Woods.

3 - Reclaimed Wood is a Sustainable alternative to new wood 

Reclaimed, repurposed, recycled, up-cycled, salvaged, reincarnated… all words to describe the sustainable re-use of materials and eco-conscious approach of minimizing new consumption.  The reclaimed White Oak top below has subtle traces of a prior life and is refined, overall.  If sustainability is your motivator, ask for FSC certified reclaimed wood

A thick Reclaimed White Oak top was true to this homeowners sustainable ethos (they also re-used a number of their existing cabinets for the kitchen remodel)

2 - The unique look of Reclaimed Wood

In a time and place where you can have almost any look you want in the printed/extruded/molded world of plastic, real, old wood is filled with substance and integrity, endless rich variety, and perfect imperfections.  Some things can’t be faked.  Charisma is one, and the soft silver-gray weathered face of reclaimed tropical hardwood is another. 

The un-mistakeable, un-fakeable soft gray of a weathered and aged tropical hardwood. Reclaimed Silvered Dinizia will hit it home in a gray wood wall.

1 - Reclaimed Wood has a special story

Every plank of reclaimed wood has lived a past life complete with a unique journey and a history.  All reclaimed wood contains hints at the past through aged patina, stains, and holes.  At times, the exact location and use of a particular collection can be traced and has documentation for the connection to the past, giving you a story to share as the wood becomes part of your story, as well.

These reclaimed wood doors are from the same stock as our current Vintner's Reserve inventory: a Mondavi winery wine-tank deconstruction with Redwood harvested in the early 1900s. The thick staves yielded substantial custom doors.

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