Wood in general is a beautiful, evocative natural material, and when it’s saved from a landfill and reused, it has even more character, history, and sustainability.
Reclaimed wood can be recovered from a wide variety of sources, but it most frequently comes from timber framing and decking used in old barns, factories, and warehouses. Some tell-tale signs of reclaimed wood include nail holes, manufacturer stamps, and markings.
Other unique qualities, like variation and depth of color or unusual patterning, can be a result of it being stored in vessels like wine barrels, beer casks, and other containers. Additionally, reclaimed timber is usually cut from strong, mature trees (unlike the younger, weaker trees used today for lumber), and is less prone to splitting. Because of these aspects, many designers choose to use reclaimed wood rather than virgin timber in their projects.
Here, we take a look at eight different projects that incorporate reclaimed wood in distinct ways:
Here’s where you can find reclaimed wood locally: