There is something beautiful about antique furniture. It’s the age and the history that it comes with. Antique furniture has majesty and strength, and the quality that comes with good workmanship and materials. But, that being said, the style of the piece itself is not to everyone’s taste. Some antique furniture is too heavy, or too dark, or of a design that doesn’t always suit our modern sensibilities. Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a modern piece of furniture with the strength and majesty of an antique? Reclaimed wood can give you that. By using reclaimed wood for your furniture you can give new life to old wood and the modern antique is yours.
What is reclaimed wood?
Reclaimed wood is processed wood made out of old lumber that was once used in barns, boxcars, wine barrels, fence posts or factories and warehouses. It is re-used for home decorating and makes absolutely beautiful sidings, cabinets, or furniture such as vanities. In the past, Americans built everything they used out of wood because it was so readily available and very durable. It was also quite inexpensive. Today there is a lot of this wood available as old buildings make way for the new. The original buildings cannot be put to use, and left standing can be a fire hazard, or expensive to renovate. But the wood still has a lot of life left in it and should not be consigned to the landfill.
Why use reclaimed wood?
It really is too good not to reuse. It has a beautiful appearance. Each piece of wood is aged and unique, so you will have a piece of furniture that looks like no other. As well, it is environmentally friendly, and that is so valuable these days. Finding the balance between the new building and sustaining our environment is essential to our growth as a species. It would be a crime to waste this wood. And it certainly would be a waste. This wood is better than any of our new growths. This wood is strong. It has been harvested from trees that spent hundreds of years growing at a time when there were few demands on the lumber supply, and little air pollution. It has had long-term exposure to changes in temperature and humidity, so it is not as prone to damage due to expansions and contractions.
What kind of wood is reclaimed?
American settlers built their homesteads with many different woods. Longleaf pine was very popular and abundant at the time. It is strong, and straight, and resistant to mold and insects. Other common woods were redwood and chestnut, but these were not all the varieties. Oak, poplar, hickory and maple are also reclaimed from furniture today.
Reclaimed furniture has the beauty and the durability of an antique, but can be custom designed by our skilled artisans at FoxDen Decor into a piece of furniture just right for you. The wood has its own appearance and color, which will result in your piece being uniquely yours. Plus, the piece will be handmade and hand cut.