Early farmers used woods that were most locally available – Oak, Beech, Chestnut, Elm, Hickory, Maple and other trees; and this can often be what emerges from a barn dismantled generations later. We could separate the salvaged timber from these lots, but the woods together, as a dressed up reflection of the original forest and barn composition, reflect the natural variety and harmony of its roots.
Lengths3 - 14'
Color and Surface
The light to darker brown hues fall within a similar color range. And while the figure and grain is equally varied, they are all hardwoods, and exhibit a mixed compatibility throughout. The Anthology, as we’ve called it, is alternately sophisticated and playful, and has served a range of environments – from parlors looking for a less formal edge, to organic burger restaurants and a kids bedroom floor.
Nature and Culture
In the 19th century and into the 20th, hardwoods were not often a flooring choice. And their existence as barn timbers is part of that story. The varied hardwoods were used for many other applications – for instance, oak in the case of ships. Industrial woodworking equipment and drying machinery was evolving. Tastes and styles were changing, like hardwood parquet with inlays, until hardwoods a more recognized flooring choice.