Anthology Woods Surfrider Redwood collection pays homage to the early days of surfing in the mainland US with beachy distressed skip-planed wall paneling. The first surfers along the West Coast fashioned their boards from long and heavy pieces of redwood harvested in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and those same 140 year old boards are still intact today, epitomizing the durability and longevity of this prized wood.
The onset of the Gold Rush in California in 1848 brought thousands of prospective people to the state, hastily setting up structures and settlements in short periods of time. Looking up at the massive redwood trees foresting Northern California, the gold prospectors must have thought they struck gold in terms of building material!
At Anthology Woods our clients are frequently looking for a “gray-weathered” reclaimed wood look. I have to admit, it is really striking to see the silver/gray shimmering tone on an accent wall. Depending on how the light hits it, a gray weathered wood wall can change colors and have an almost luminescent sheen at certain angles. Truly marvelous!
However, over years of experimentation with different finish products and techniques, we have discovered that there is really no gray finish that can mimic what mother nature does best. We have come close, and others may tell you they have perfected it…but if you compare products, you will find that natural weathering is in a class by itself. And further, depending on the species of wood, distinctive surface character develops in the weathered grain lending depth and variation to color and texture which simply cannot be replicated. Add in the natural oxide stains, fastener holes and surface checking and you have a truly distinctive and one of a kind aged patina product.
We recently completed a project using a combination of weathered tropical hardwoods sourced from two different decks slated for demolition. While we are frequently able to source weathered barn boards of fir, pine, oak, and other domestic species, the customer was particularly interested in these recycled tropical boards because of their “wild” swirling grain. After some sanding and buffing treatments to knock-down the rough edges, smooth the boards out and clean away debris and dirt, we added a square channel reveal. The resulting effect was particularly stunning in their modern home installation.
This is the type of custom reclaimed wood project that Anthology Woods specializes in. Check out our Grey Medley and NW Blend wall cladding products. We offer a variety of weathered barn boards in reclaimed oak, douglas fir, cedar, pine, teak and occasional special inventories of exotic species like the recycled weathered Purple Heart and Mahogany seen in these photos. We still have a small inventory of this stock remaining. Inquire for details.