“If you’ve never seen a timber frame made from longleaf southern yellow pine, then you really ought to,” Jonathan remarked, “the resins just glow.” Fascinating how one sentence can lead to numerous conversations, learning, and a search of our photo collection…
We commonly work with Kiln Dried Douglas fir, but big timbers, reclaimed timbers, have been near and dear to us since opening our doors over 30 years ago. The New Energy Works story started with a collapsed building and a new house crafted from timbers salvaged from that wreckage. Today we remain smitten with reclaimed timbers.
As an additional option to kiln-dried Douglas fir, the antique timbers offer extra stability and can always be cut to size for any design/plans. Douglas fir and Heart Pine are our favored industrial reclaimed timber species–we always have them available thanks to our sister company, Pioneer Millworks.
Over the years we’ve crafted hundreds of projects with salvaged timbers, including:
When we re-sawn the old timbers, a bright face is revealed. Those freshly smoothed surfaces appear to glow, thanks in part to the high resin content. Lots of resin also means the wood is hard and durable making for great plank flooring–Heart Pine is most famously known as part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon residence…and as “fat wood” fire starter kindling.
Cutting and crafting to plan while maintaining the original as-found surfaces on salvaged timbers yields one-of-a-kind results:
Factory to mill to craftsmen’s hands to raising to an inimitable project–crafting with reclaimed timbers brings unmatched history and character. Are salvaged timbers your missing element? Let’s chat about your next project.