no Fresh Cut Lumber here - All Reclaimed
Prior to the onset of modern industry and logistics, loggers practiced log driving - where floating logs down-river to a temporary sawmill was the first step in the process of creating lumber. The term "lumberjack" comes from this process. Occasionally logs would sink and become trapped in the silt at the bottom of the river. If enough silt was laid down before rot and erosion set in, the log would be preserved.
Today these century-old remnants of pre-industrial America are recovered from the bottom of river beds, and they are some of the most sought-after reclaimed lumber on the market.
Check out our pens made with sinker cypress.
Picklewood Redwood & Douglas Fir
Prior to the onset and broad adoption of refrigeration technology, food preservation was a much more complex task. Pickling was a primary method of food preservation and a lifeline for many homes. Large amounts of lumber were required to construct pickling vats.
Today these vats are no longer necessary in such quantity, and they provide an excellent source of reclaimed lumber. The compounds used in the pickling process add beautiful character to the wood. We use picklewood douglas fir which has a yellow-blond tone and strong, straight grain and picklewood redwood which has a beautiful deep red/brown tone.
Check out our pens made with picklewood.
Rescued Wild Black Cherry
The cherry tree is an icon of the American South. Cherry wood is among the most premium choices for flooring and furniture. Fortunately, these trees are so plentiful in the Southeast that they are often removed during landscaping projects. Our partner rescues these beauties from the chipper, kiln dries them, and creates usable lumber.
Check out our pens made with rescued wild black cherry.
Old Growth Salvaged Indonesian Teak
Too many woodlands are diminished as the result of deforestation. One contributing factor is improper systems of recycling. We source our teak from IndoTeak Design, where it is their prerogative to salvage the highest quality teak without any damage to the environment. By properly utilizing FSC Recycled 100% teak salvaged from Indonesia, their production works as a zero-waste process. This means no trees are cut down as a result of their work. Instead, the wood is saved from 100-300-year-old structures that would have otherwise been demolished. They also support excellent working conditions for their team in Indonesia - each piece is reclaimed by hand and every nail is removed with joy.
Check out our pens made with old growth salvaged Indonesian teak.
Reclaimed Walnut Barnwood
Reclaimed from turn-of-the-century barns, our walnut is old growth timber that is a remnant of the great forests that once covered almost all of North America. Walnut's deep chocolate color, swirling grain, and subtle flame-like color variations make it very sought-after among woodworkers and furniture makers.
Check out our pens made with reclaimed walnut barnwood.
Midwest Farmland Red Oak
The red oak is one of the largest and most important timber trees in North America. One of the fastest growing of the oaks, it attains a height of up to 80 feet and a diameter of two to three feet. The heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with a reddish cast. The grain is straight, with a coarse, uneven texture. The pores are so large and open that it is said that a person can blow into one end of the wood, and air will come out the other end: provided that the grain runs straight enough. We salvage our red oak from farm auctions throughout Northern Illinois.
Check out our pens made with Midwest farmland red oak.
Rescued White Ash
Ash's heartwood is a light to medium brown and the grain is almost always very straight and regular. We work with farmers to rescue problem ash trees from their property to give the wood a second life in our pens.
Check out our pens made with rescued white ash.