Reclaimed Beams

PROJECT LOG: Reclaimed Wood Walls, Barn Door, and Bright Whites Fill a Cozy Cottage in Oregon

Anthology Woods is excited to share photos of this re-built guest cottage in Ashland, Oregon filled with 100 year old reclaimed wood re-used from the original structure.

Reclaimed wood wall cladding from the original structure is re-milled and re-used as wall paneling on the kitchen wall, and the floating shelves were originally joists.

Reclaimed wood wall cladding from the original structure is re-milled and re-used as wall paneling on the kitchen wall, and the floating shelves were originally joists.

When an Ashland couple contacted Coleman Creek Construction to re-build the cozy guest cottage adjoining their southern Oregon residence, it was observed that some of the existing wood in the structure might be re-usable.  A visit from Anthology Woods confirmed a considerable quantity of wood could be reclaimed, re-milled, and truly reincarnated for another life in the new structure!  Michael Hodgin of Coleman Creek saw to the careful deconstruction of the vintage structure circa 1900 and brought it to Anthology Woods where the task of removing metals began.  After metal removal, the wood was cut to a consistent 5" wide plank retaining the original antique rustic aged patina -- a unique wood look earned only through age and exposure.

The reclaimed wood was fastened to the walls and the homeowners chose to paint a portion of it white to brighten the interior - retaining the naturally weathered face on a feature wall that runs continuous through two levels & into a vaulted ceiling.  The soft natural texture of reclaimed wood both warms the space and absorbs more sound than sheet-rocked walls would. 

Coleman Creek also created reclaimed wood floating shelves from old joists in the building, to reside in the kitchen & bathroom.  A sliding barn door provides access to the bathroom, and was also custom-built from salvaged wood in the project. 

Finally, a storage loft was created in the vaulted ceiling, for which reclaimed Douglas Fir beam lumber was sourced from Anthology Woods.  The large reclaimed beams serve both an aesthetic and structural purpose upstairs, and enclose a comfortable sleeping space below. 

This charming and light-filled space was once a dilapidated structure, and now provides a restful guest house that utilizes recycled materials from the original building! 

To get the look of the wall planking, check out FSC certified reclaimed Frontier Blend wood wall paneling from Anthology Woods.  For custom beam needs, please contact us directly with details about your project so we can help you source the perfect wood for your space!

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

Anthology Woods - Delivering the goods.

Why do we do what we do at Anthology Woods?  

Because we love the the Wood. We love the story. And, we love people.  Every day we get to put our hands on a piece of history.  We turn that history into a new story.  We meet and work with amazing creative people who are designing, building and working on insanely cool projects. Really amazing stuff.  We love the work, and we love that we continue the story anew.

And that story....? Sometimes the story of the wood is sensual, sometimes modest. Often exciting, occasionally mundane. But not forgotten. 

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The characters are revealed in the texture and hue of the grain, the subtle dents and nicks, or a dark stain.  

More often the history is subtle… revealed when the materials are worked.  The rich and earthy aroma that is released, the foreign objects embedded within. You can smell the history.  You can feel the heft and weight of it.  You can see the accumulation of dirt. A quick swipe of the hand reveals the smooth burnished surface where a thousand feet have trod or a hundred hands have touched. Where men have stomped their boots, or exhaled a breath of tobacco smoke.  Where animals were tended, the sick nursed, the criminal restrained, children taught, or where two lovers lived out there dying days, quietly beside the roaring fire.

What heavy object was dragged across this floor?  What stray bullet wandered into this barn beam?  Whose coat hung from this nail?  What happened to the lamp that leaked oil here? Did they really make beer in these tanks?  Brine pickles?  How many people crossed these bridge timbers before their usefulness expired?  A tree cut in northern Michigan. A boat-ride on Lake Superior. The wood dragged, hauled, floated, rolled, and worked.  A  warehouse built in Chicago.  The logger.  The millwright.  The carpenter.  The banker.  Slated for redevelopment the beauty recaptured, given a new life.  Timbers reborn. The legacy continues.

 

 

Reclaim your passion.

Reclaim your inspiration.

Reclaim your design.

Reclaim your story.