Salvaged Hardwood and what creates its value

Identifying wood as salvaged hardwood can cover a lot of ground without answering whether it is   Recycled, Reclaimed or Antique.   What’s most important is that it is being Reused; but when it comes to being Recycled, Reclaimed or Antique – then it’s about how valuable it is and the price it will command.

Think of it like a funnel with lots of sticks of woods being salvaged, or rescued, in the spirit of preserving a diminishing natural resource. With value determined according to age, quality and species, those more precious bundles will rightfully demand a higher value, leaving  larger quantities of the the “also available” on top of the funnel to be offered at discounted prices.

Antique salvaged hardwood can be accurately termed as  Old growth wood or virgin timber which is at least 200 years old and likely much older.  Chances are good that the original tree was cut sometime before 1910 – when it became an old building or warehouse.  Being old growth indicates that the wood grains are likely quite tight and rich with color.  The character of old growth wood is evidenced by its higher density, hardness and strength. Likewise, it is more resistant to insects and rot when pitted against “newer woods.”

Reclaimed hardwood is about as generic a term these days as Salvaged hardwood, though it may better describe 2nd growth timber from trees that began growing in more recent periods, for buildings typically built in the 1920’s and later.  Lots of homes, government and commercial buildings which were built up through the 1950’s,  are now supplying finely representative reclaimed hardwood material that can’t be fully be described as Antique.

Recycled hardwood terminology implies reuse but no wood pedigree to speak of, though some exciting applications from pallet material for furniture and even salvaged hardwood flooring are widely available.  Crafty artisans can do work magic with recycled wood, but generally there will be less grain pattern or deep coloration in unfinished recycled hardwood material.

So get to know your salvaged hardwood before making a large purchase, and the best way to do that is by dealing with an experienced supplier.

Heart Pine: The Queen of Salvaged Hardwood

It was the first wood that deconstruction and demolition contractors first began to salvage in the early 80’s.  Before that, it was either burned or went to the landfill.

But its heartwood shone thru and was recognized as the exceptionally hard wood it is – almost as hard as oak. When finished naturally, with no stain, heart pine’s color deepens and darkens over time. Naturally, this contributes to its beauty and character.

Whole Log Lumber was built upon a love for this Queen of salvaged hardwood – Heart Pine. Our respect for its history and structural integrity continues to deepen each time our craftsmen reveal its hidden rays today.

Salvaged Hardwood Products by Whole Log Lumber

We offer a full range of salvaged hardwood of antique and reclaimed wood which includes both solid and engineered hardwood flooring, wall paneling, stair parts, custom mantels, beams and timbers. All of our salvaged hardwood products qualify as green building materials, as no trees are cut down to produce our one-of-a-kind products from this last-of-its-kind material. Additionally, our thirty years of experience working with this antique and reclaimed wood, reinforces our commitment to represent wood origins and species with integrity.

We stand behind all of our salvaged hardwood products and guarantee that grades will meet or exceed our descriptions, evidenced by our money-back guarantee.

Prior to installation, and up to thirty days after your antique and reclaimed wood product arrives, we will issue you a full refund or exchange if – for any reason – you are not entirely satisfied. Our money-back guarantee does not apply to specials, limited editions and altered materials.