What is “reclaimed wood”?
Reclaimed and salvaged are often used interchangeably. Reclaimed wood is wood that was previously used in construction like a house, barn, deck, chicken coup, etc. Salvaged wood is what you get when a tree falls down in your yard. I actually didn’t realize this for a long time.
PSA: Reclaimed wood is not free.
The PROCESSING of said reclaimed wood is REALLY HARD. The BIGGEST misconception is that the wood itself is free. Right?? The amount of effort it takes to locate, recover, transport, de-nail, dry, plane and cut to size can be considerable.
Take a look at this barn wood siding. I spent too many hours to count pulling off shingles, vapor bariers, etc. before I could even get at the planks. Then I had to carefully pull each board with a hammer and crowbar to prevent splitting.
I pulled every one of those nails by hand before stacking the boards to dry. Once dried (kiln or air), I then have to cut, plane and sand the lumber before it can be used.. Again, it’s REALLY HARD.
Have you ever tried pulling a nail like this out of a 4 inch deep piece of reclaimed lumber? Twenty times in a row??
This process is well worth it to us. Whether we recover the lumber ourselves or partner with someone else who does (think Jarmak); the character and history of reclaimed wood is often unmatched.
Do you own any furniture made from reclaimed wood? (comment below)
-Mr Dana (Owner & maker)