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!
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.
A recent story by ABC News reports that as many as half of Amazon rainforest tree species may be on the verge of extinction due to deforestation. The study, published in Science Advances, finds that depending on the degree to which deforestation comes under control in the next 35 years, between 36 and 57 percent of the 16,000 tree species in the Amazon rainforest would be considered threatened. The study, which can be read here, goes on to state that some tree species including mahogany are already "commercially extinct."
A good alternative to commercially harvested tropical woods such as Ipe or Mahogany is Reclaimed wood from Anthology Woods. Anthology Woods specializes in tropical species like Teak and Dinizia, and we are constantly on the lookout for other rare or exotic species to help fill the need for durable, beautiful and sustainable wood products.
Why Reclaimed Wood?
The top 8 reasons to choose reclaimed wood for your flooring, wall cladding, siding, tables and more:
- It's sexy in a distinguished-gentleman sort of way. Every grey weathered board and deep wrinkle of surface checking on re-milled pieces was earned over many decades.
- It's a better choice for the planet than most new-wood alternatives. What better way to preserve the earth for your grandchildren than investing in wood that was around during the time of your grandfather? Talk about a legacy.
- Like distressed denim, it only get's better over time. No need to freak out over the first scratch - chances are you won't notice it for a while, and it's adding to the rich and warm character.
- We're pretty sure that the Dos Equis guy would deem it interesting.
- If it could speak, it'd have a helluva story to tell - (possibly in an accent or exotic language) which makes it a conversation piece as you share it's past life in your present domestic adventures.
- It's seasoned. Not in the cinnamon or smoke kind of way (although that could be the case, too!) Like fine wine, wood needs time to mature and take on its rich, full-bodied depth of color and tone. Reclaimed wood is already there.
- It's been handled with love and care. Likely harvested with primitive tools one hundred years ago, and fit together with skilled craftsmanship. Fast forward to modern times and it was carefully removed from a structure through deconstruction, metal taken out, and ends trimmed to be at it's best before being milled for your project.
- It speaks to your soul, joining it's legacy with yours and continuing the story.
In a world full of claims based on nothing, don't just claim. Reclaim.
Reclaimed Teak VS. Plantation Teak
Evaluating reclaimed Teak vs. Plantation Teak: Six advantages to choosing reclaimed teak lumber for flooring, siding, wall paneling or decking.
Quality of Reclaimed
Premium old-growth quality of genuine reclaimed Teak, with tighter growth rings than plantation Teak, cannot be duplicated. It is truly special and of the highest possible quality.
Stability of Reclaimed
As with any reclaimed wood, the seasoned age is going to lend improved stability vs. new wood of the same species.
Legacy of storied wood
Every piece of reclaimed lumber has unique history which cannot be duplicated, and is a source of conversation and speculation.
Color of seasoned teak
The softly seasoned color of reclaimed teak is rich and warm, and more refined than the often mineral-streaked plantation teaks.
Distinctive appearance of aged patina (see Pela Teak) makes every board a one-of-a-kind reflection of legacy. Smooth, re-milled Teak is more subtle in the reclaimed character of nail holes and mortise pockets.
You are selecting a product with evidence of a recycled nature - evidence you can see for yourself. In addition, you never have to wonder if native forests were cleared to make way for plantations.