Vintage Timberworks deals recycled, reclaimed wood, seasoned old growth lumber, antique barn beams, barn wood, vintage barn siding, reclaimed timbers, rustic wood mantels, antique wood flooring and architectural elements. Reclaimed wood is derived from the de-construction of antiquated wood structures where lumber has been “warehoused” for decades to centuries. Our recycled lumber products include west coast US and Canadian species such as Douglas fir, larch, redwood, and cedar. The Midwest and east coast vintage hardwood products include red oak, white oak, chestnut, elm, ash, walnut, poplar and other hardwood species. We source Jarrah, Tasmanian Oak, Black Butt and iron bark from Australia, ancient Kauri from New Zealand and reclaimed Teak flooring and other teak products from Indonesia. The Teak is meticulously sorted, milled and hand annealed by skilled artisans. Hand hewn eastern hardwood timbers of assorted species blend well exhibiting like surface characteristics and patina.
Vintage Timberworks, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Dennis Roberts and Jeff Husted, each of them with over 20 years of custom construction and woodworking experience. Jeff retired from the company and the reclaimed wood business as of January 2017. Dennis’ son Matthew Roberts has been with the company for over 15 years and brings unique insight, creativity, enthusiasm, artistry and multi-facet woodworking knowledge to the business. Nikki Musaraca and Carmen Ursino are our amazing office staff and are unsurpassed in their knowledge of our company, products, pricing and scheduling. Many of our very competent production crew have been with the company for a decade or more.
Recycled lumber/reclaimed wood generally result from original stands of old growth forests and is incomparable in fiber quality, density, architectural esthetics and character. Premium applications include timber frames, exposed timber trusses, open beam ceilings, exposed lintels, trellis work, fireplace mantels, reclaimed wood flooring, millwork, and furniture. Slowly dried in place and dry to the core, the stability of reclaimed lumber is unsurpassed. There is simply no equal substitute for the stability of air dried reclaimed wood and timber. Our material inventory generally is stable at around 10-12% moisture content, ambient for coastal California. The low moisture content, a result from many years of air drying, reduces the tendency for the wood to shrink and pull apart, problematic with exposed applications using green lumber. Slow growing old growth trees equate to extraordinary density, also contributing to stability. And very importantly, recycled wood is environmentally sound and sustainable. Most old growth forests in the US are luckily protected by moratorium from logging. Our reclaimed wood and lumber products help to reduce the pressure to harvest these old growth trees.
All wood will develop a “patina” by natural oxidation over a long period of time. As the wood dries and ages, the oxidation occurring on the surface creates the patina impossible to artificially recreate on new lumber. Exposed to the elements, inside or outside, a piece of wood will develop a “patina” from its exposure to sun, wind, rain, elements, soil etc. The history of the building in which the reclaimed wood was located can also contribute to its appearance. Reclaimed wood flooring from a warehouse will retain the original distressing form years of service. Reclaimed hand hewn barn beams carry the marks from the adz ax and broad axe originally used to size the beam. A 100-year-old fish cannery dock from Vancouver Island, BC that makes up our entry door to our showroom displays the gaff marks resulting from years of service in the fishing industry.
The Product History
Old, aged, used lumber has unique historical value, a reflection of certain regions and industries. When restoration of a structure is not practical, we pride ourselves in preserving the structure’s history through the rescue and reuse of the building components. Salvaging beams, timbers, wood flooring, hardware and artifacts are part of the reclamation process. History lives on in vintage wood products: reclaimed hand hewn barn beams, recycled barn siding, rustic mantels, antique barn hardware, reclaimed wood flooring, weathered grey boards and ancient kauri slabs.
Reclaimed wood generally contains varying degrees of character marks which result from previous joinery and fastener marks. These include bolt holes, nail holes, mortises, notches. Seasoning checks (cracks) are natural characteristics that develop from the drying process. They exhibit age and “character”, like wrinkles upon a wise man’s face.
We take great pride in all of our reclaimed wood products. We work closely with the owner, architect, and builder and tradesman to tailor materials to your specifications and application.