Urban Barnwood - A Story Behind Every Barn
And how beautiful furniture is made from reclaimed wood.
It all started a century or two ago. Trees were cut down manually-with axes. Then from these timbers the hefty beams
and boards were cut. It was a similar process for all the buildings on the homestead: house, barns and sheds or outbuildings.
Everything was hand cut and structured using the tired and true mortise and tenon system. Many of the buildings stood for a
century or more.
Today, with less farming and as these building continue to age, some are restored close to their original state and others
are felled or disassembled piece by piece, so that as much as possible, the precious natural resource-the wood, can be reclaimed.
After the structure is disassembled, the lumber is hauled to the lumber handling yard where it undergoes a cleaning and drying
process. All lumber is run under a metal detector twice where the nails are marked and removed, then stacked for drying.
It is then kiln-dried to 7% moisture and also to exterminate all the bugs and insects as the lumber moves closer to being
useable for handcrafted reclaimed barnwood furniture. The barnwood process is an excellent green way to preserve the old
and vintage and give the precious natural resource-wood-a second life.
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