Tommy Talks: Reclaimed Vs. Antique Reclaimed

A few weeks ago I was talking to a few people that inside our company and they were asking a question about reclaimed wood and how I got started and developed a passion for it. Some of you may or may not know this but ever since I was a little kid I would drive around with my dad and we would buy old buildings and tear them down, ever since I could...
Tommy Talks: Reclaimed vs. Antique Reclaimed
01 April 2019 by Olde Wood

A few weeks ago I was talking to a few people that inside our company and they were asking a question about reclaimed wood and how I got started and developed a passion for it. Some of you may or may not know this but ever since I was a little kid I would drive around with my dad and we would buy old buildings and tear them down, ever since I could walk. At six years old, I was driving Bobcat's and front end loaders and cranes and trucks, 12 and 13 years old I was driving bulldozers. The passion for reclaimed wood set in.

I believe that we have a little bit of confusion in the market right now because reclaimed wood has become very popular. Just about every restaurant you go into, every airport you come to, or big city you visit, you're going to see a piece of reclaimed wood somewhere. I always point out the fact that yes, it's reclaimed but it's not authentic. What I mean by that is real reclaimed wood, what I call antique reclaimed, comes from a hundred-year-old and older buildings.

Those buildings were built by settlers that came to build our farming industry back 100, 200, 300 years ago. The wood that was available at that time was in the forest which they had to cut down. A lot of that wood was virgin growth, first cut material, which is stronger, more dense, has a stronger woodgrain look to it, and has tighter growth rings. It has a slightly different color. A lot of that wood was 300 to 400, maybe even 500 years old by the time they cut it down. Then it's been in that barn for 100 hundred to 200 years.

When people think Olde Wood Limited, I want people to know we sell the real thing. Authentic, reclaimed lumber. Not fake, not repurposed, not just reclaimed. If you actually look up the definition of reclaimed, you use something once and use it again, then it would be reclaimed. It had one use, now you're reusing it.

Throughout the Rocky mountains they have to block the snow from drifting over the highway. The wood they use for snow fencing is reclaimed every three to four years. They put new wood up, let it gray out, take it off, put new wood back up. We compete in that market day in and day out but ours is truly is different. Our material is authentic. It has a story to tell. It took 100 to 200 years of hard work to get it to look the way it does. We have a product like the snow fence, which is called Greyboard. Our Greyboard is farmed here in Magnolia, Ohio. I started it several years ago to give an option to the consumer that wanted exactly all gray because most barns are just not all gray.

One or two sides or three sides of the barn will be gray. The other side of the barn could be grey or brown or it could have brown streaks in it. That's typical of reclaimed lumber. It's very rare to get a solid gray gray barn because of the way that it's built. It's generally built into a square or rectangle and the sun rises to the east and sets in the West. Therefore when it rains, the wood dries out faster on the sunnier sides and less quickly on the other sides of the barn. This creates a different shade of color. Grey is created by oxidation. Oxidation is created by the sun, rain, humidity and moisture.

I thought that this was very important because people are confused when they say reclaimed. When people say, well, I could get reclaimed barn wood for $4 a foot, well, so can we. But it's not heat treated, it's not power washed, it's not inspected by 30 or 40 people to make sure that there's no lead or contaminants in it. Over the last 25 years of doing business, we have learned all of those things and we have implemented processes to make sure that those things get eliminated.

Sure, we could cheat and duplicate the look with stains, but it's not authentic. It truly is a unique and beautiful product.

Source: www.oldewoodltd.com