We have all probably admired the massive rustic looking beams in ski lodges and log homes. Even more modern homes often flaunt reclaimed beams made from old barn wood. They can be made into mantels and other architectural features as well. You are probably like me and don’t have an abandoned barn on your property so how can you get an old beam to use? You could check with local demolition companies and they can probably put on the track of an architectural salvage warehouse. There are numerous online sources as well.
Reclaimed beams can be found in original condition with paint, dirt, and grime still intact. If you want to keep the original patina, they can be washed and the paint can be removed. The original nail holes, cracks, and scratches that reflect their former use will remain. This might be suitable for some uses in a very rustic home or restoration project.
The original exterior can be sawn away and the beams may also be cut into planks and smaller beams with fresh wood exposed. The rustic appearance can be retained by the use of hand planes. The inventory will vary depending on the supply of demolished buildings. They can be cut into almost any size desired. If you are thinking of doing it yourself; keep in mind that you may not have the proper tools to cut these massive timbers. Check with the supplier and they will be able to advise you how best to proceed.
Barns are not the only source for reclaimed beams. They might be taken from old bridges, warehouses, or industrial sites. This older wood may include Douglas fir, white oak, old growth pine, and many other types of wood. Older growth wood is prized for its strength, size, and straight grain. It also comes in sizes that are not easily attainable today.
By using reclaimed timber from old growth forests, you will be doing the planet a huge favor. It will lessen the need to cut the limited supply of remaining old growth timber. Reclaiming wood by reusing old wood or obtaining wood from deadfalls through responsible forestry will preserve what old growth forest remain for years to come. The beauty, quality and density of reclaimed wood beams are unique and its strength and durability is unrivaled. You’ll be bringing a part of history to your home by using reclaimed beams and lumber whenever possible.
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