Using reclaimed wood for your building project is a great way to reuse wood that is still good. It can also add some character to the project because the wood is often old and the weathering on the wood is so unique. There are several ways to get reclaimed lumber, but in most cases, you need to find a supplier that can get you the lumber you need.
Barn wood is a popular reclaimed lumber option. This wood is not hard to get if you know where to find it, and there are many different types of wood that you may choose. Barn wood is lumber that has come out of an old barn, typically one that is solid and still standing, but sometimes from one that has fallen.
Companies that sell old barn wood often remove the lumber from the barn by hand, and one board at a time. Once the wood is off the structure, sorting the boards into size, shape, and material is a good way for the company taking the barn down to get a good idea about what material they can get from the barn.
Hand Sawn Beams
One of the great pieces of lumber that are often found in old barns is hand-sawn beams and columns. The beams are a good fit for a home that the design is very rustic. You can refinish the beams or leave them as they are for that old look. Beams that come from a barn will often have weathering on them that can add some beautiful detail to the wood grain.
Talk with your supplier about what they have or what they can get for you if you are looking for beams or columns for your construction project.
In many cases, the buildings that were originally constructed from the reclaimed lumber you are buying were often made from old-growth wood that was hand-selected by artisans of that era. The wood was chosen specifically to last for hundreds of years, and many of the barns that the wood comes from are nearly that old.
A careful inspection of the building and the lumber is critical to make sure the wood offers the quality that the company reclaiming the lumber is looking for. You should not get wood that has rot, damage, or bugs in it, and if you think there is something not right with the lumber, ask the supplier to look at other options they have on hand.
For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Old World Lumber Company.