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!
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.
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.
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.
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