Cargo Oak is sourced from ship crating used to transport agricultural equipment across the ocean, With only relatively brief use before reaching their long-term journey of reclamation, the experience provides enough time for nature and industry to impart some authentic age and character. Though lacking the allure of an old barn, Cargo Oak offers a rustic aesthetic, and the same sustainability benefits, at a lower cost.
Color and Surface
Circular saw marks, occasional checks and a distinct nail hole pattern characterize Cargo oak’s aged boards. The color tones are often more consistent than barn oak, following a range of light grey-browns to deeper charcoal hues. The saw marks can be viewed as a more refined pattern than that produced by the older circular saws.
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.