Demolition

This page contains just a glimpse of what's involved in 3 different reclamation / demolition projects.  Reclaimed wood does cost more than new wood because of the time, the risk, site clean-up, the expense of reclamation, metal detection and denailing, and wear on the knives during milling.  But the history, beauty, character, patina and uniqueness of each piece... we believe is worth it.

Log Cabin (circa 1860)

This mountain log cabin, sat in a high meadow in the middle of a walnut grove.  The dovetailed logs and pegged roof rafters is a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of those that lived in these mountains 150 years ago.  (Don't be startled by the 6 foot black snake, especially when working from a ladder 20 feet up!)

Imagine 2 feet, maybe 3 feet of snow, a warm fire inside, but a long winter ahead.

Grist Mill (circa 1860)

This grist mill was scheduled for demolition for a DOT bridge widening project.  Demolition meant that the building would be bulldozed and hauled to the dump or burned.  We started with the tin roof and reclaimed just about everything, including the 12x12 pegged timbers that carried the waterwheel.

Imagine the lives that were impacted and the conversations within it's walls.

Chestnut Barn (circa 1910)

One piece of tin and one board at a time, being careful to preserve each piece.