ISSUE 42  |  Rustic Timbers

Slow Design: Restoration Timber

October 17, 2008 7:40 PM

BY Janet Hall

The architects of this week's Final(ly) House used 100-year-old reclaimed redwood in the project, sourced locally. Not only is reclaimed wood an environmentally friendly choice, but it offers a strength, stability, integrity, and beauty unavailable in fast-grown new wood. One of our favorite resources is Restoration Timber, with showrooms in New York and San Francisco, which specializes in wood reclaimed from old barns, abandoned schools, mills, warehouses, and factories.

As the market for reclaimed wood has grown, so has the list of suppliers. To keep costs down and minimize environmental impact, it's best to source reclaimed wood in your own community; here are a few good suppliers. Black's Farmwood locates old barns slated for demolition and brings the reclaimed wood to market in San Rafael, CA. In Pennsylvania, Conklin's Barnwood offers characterful reclaimed wood. Pioneer Millworks, based in Farmington, NY, offers reclaimed wood factory flooring. For additional sources, refer to Hewn and Hammered, Domino's Greenlist, or your local salvage supplier.

Below: Reclaimed white oak flooring from Restoration Timber.

Below: Reclaimed, hand-hewn hemlock beams from Restoration Timber used in a dining room.

Below: Reclaimed redwood siding from Restoration Timber used on a house in Calistoga. Vintage siding reclaimed from old barns can be used for wall and ceiling paneling, exterior siding, and trim.