The resurfaced Cargo oak is milled from the original cargo material to reveal the bare wood – a mix of red and white oak species. It’s sourced from ship crating used to transport agricultural equipment overseas; with only relatively brief use before reaching their long-term journey of reclamation. Though lacking the old growth grain, figure and character of barn oak, Cargo offers a sustainable reclaimed option at a lower cost.
Color and Surface
Occasional checks and a distinct nail hole pattern characterize Cargo oak’s boards. The color tones are often more consistent than barn oak, with very little distressed features – typically light stress cracks or fungus tracings, and other natural wood features that would otherwise be graded out at the sawmill today, but that emerge as expressions of the nature of a tree. Color is a range of light white oak and red oak hues.
Nature and Culture
Cargo oak carries the backstory modern oak processing – moving from private landowners, logging contractors and mills in the Eastern U.S. and Canada, where crating lumber results from the perceived defects in the grading process. Therefore, oak, unlike many softwoods todays, is a product of natural forest regeneration – though the trees are harvested, on average, at a much younger age than the historic barn oak.