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The Products

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.

 

The People

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.

 

The Pros

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.

 

The Character

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.

 

 

How Our Lumber Gets its Vintage Look

Offering 100% reclaimed wood products, all of our products are the real thing. The wonderful mix of grays and browns are a natural result of a patina that has developed on the surface. The worn, weathered surface of our beams, lumber, flooring, and mantels is authentic and will vary from one piece to the next depending on the type of building they were sourced and the amount of weathering and wear the material received. The texture will also vary depending on the tools used to create the material whether there are original adz marks from the material being hewn by hand or saw marks left behind from a band saw or circular saw.

Due to the age of most of our products, the material generally needs some sort of cleaning or sanding before installation. There is a fine line between cleaning the original surface and destroying the patina and character.  The skilled crew at Vintage Timberworks understands the idea of preparing the material in a way that the original character is not destroyed and the end product does not end up looking contrived. Please discuss any milling, sanding, or distressing you would like to be done on the material with our staff.

We’re Eco-friendly Too

Our complete line of reclaimed lumber products was approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and listed under the 100% Recycled Content classification. This makes the verification process much easier when applying for LEED credit (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as administered by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

For those clients interested in acquiring Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, our reclaimed wood products are eligible for the MR4 (materials reuse) and MR5 (regional materials) credits. Your project would be eligible for the LEED regional materials credit if the project is within 500 miles of our location. This includes locations throughout the Southern California area stretching as far north as San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Sacramento and east past Las Vegas and Phoenix. More information on the LEEDS program and green building in general can be found at the US Green Building Council website: http://usgbc.org.

Main Yard & Showrooms

Temecula, CA

Phone: (951) 695-1003
Address: 47100 Rainbow Canyon Road, Temecula, CA 92592
Hours: M-F 7:30am-4:30pm, closed on the weekend
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Material selection in the yard requires an appointment.

Vintage Timberwork’s main yard & showroom is located in Southern California just south of Temecula on I-15, a short drive from San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties. We encourage you to stop by our 7 acre lumber yard/milling operation and speak with our knowledgeable and friendly staff regarding your material requirements. It will give you a chance to see, firsthand, the broad spectrum of recycled lumber products available and will help you to decide which appearance is most suitable for your architectural style.

For the out of town client, we are located just over an hour from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County and Ontario International Airports. In the event you would like to make a weekend of your visit, following are links to local lodging and entertainment. We are located adjacent to the Temecula Creek Inn Golf Course which offers lodging as well as golf. Additionally, the Temecula Valley wine country and the Pechanga Resort and Casino are nearby.

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Satellite Showrooms

Santa Barbara

Hours: 8am-4pm M-F by Appointment only.
Phone: (805) 966-7766

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Our Santa Barbara showroom is located in the offices of Gordon & Fiano, Inc which provides an alternative location for those of you located north of Los Angeles and Ventura. While we don’t maintain an inventory at this location, there are samples of our products which you can see firsthand to aid you in the selection process. Additionally, as an expert framing contractor & carpenter, Don Gordon can provide guidance on the installation of Vintage reclaimed timbers, beams and planking. This location is by appointment only.

Phoenix, Arizona

Hours: M-F 8am-4pm, Sat by Appointment only.
Phone: (623) 842-0650

Southwest Ideas
Our Phoenix showroom is located at Southwest Ideas in Surprise, AZ which provides an alternative location for those of you located in the greater Phoenix area. While we don’t maintain an inventory at this location, there are samples of our products which you can see firsthand to aid you in the selection process. They also display a wide selection of southwest design elements ranging from vigas to furniture. This location is by appointment only.

Cabo San Lucas, Baja Sur

Phone: 011 52-1-624-147-7423
Mexico:  143-75-50
US: (858) 427-3149

Southwest Ideas
Our Cabo San Lucas representative is Westwood Design. This provides those of you located in Cabo San Lucas, East Cape, and La Paz a convenient way to see samples of our reclaimed wood products without having to come to the US. Our representative, Soren Westwood, will be happy to meet with you and guide you through your options. Please call for an appointment.

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