Wood Beams are to support Design and not Just for Structure anymore

That’s why we provide Reclaimed Beams & Timbers in several surface textures and not just solid wood beams but also lightweight 3-sided Reclaimed Engineered Box Beams/Beam Wraps –  to your spec’s & dimensions.

Height and width dimensions range from 4 x 4 to 12 x 12 and larger. Wood beams from our mill are high heat treated for short lengths of time to make extra sure to eliminate bugs that might abide in the beam. No worries. Beetles have been known to wood for thousands of years, hopefully will continue to be for thousands more.  But in the meantime, we make sure and get any out.

Hand-hewn beams. Prized for the raw, and truly rustic appeal. No two are alike, each having its own one-of-a-kind signature, created using little more than a broad ax and simple hand tools.

These are engineered versions of solid beams without the weight.  Reclaimed Box Beam/Beam Wraps can be installed over existing steel, wood or laminate support members to solve tricky situations around ducts & plumbing in interior challenge zones.  They are lightweight, 3-sided and  manufactured in smooth face Classic, Circle Sawn or Handhewn Surfaces.

Reclaimed beams and timbers were the backbones in the factories that fueled the Industrial Revolution over 100 years ago, before steel became the standard support material.

Before modern woodworking equipment, these were often rough sawn or hand hewn with simple tools that left imperfect cuts that are a large part of their appeal. Today these wood timbers are not used so much for structural support as they are for structural accents in homes and commercial spaces.

Reclaimed beams & timbers are carefully salvaged from old buildings or large barns in long lengths upwards of 25 ft. Their dimensions may range from 4”x4” up to 12”x12” or larger.

100+ years ago the first builders that were using these beams didn’t always find it necessary to discriminate and use just one wood species for their projects. They’d use whatever was readily available. And while they may have held quantities of oak or pine in their timber supplies, these were likely supplemented with elm or ash or chestnut or another hardwood species.

If you look at several wood beams that came from the same location and they all look similar it’s likely because they all came of age in the same place and have saw marks or ax marks that were made at the same time.

If you sheared away the outer surfaces you might find the grains or inner color is different and you’ve got more variety of species than you thought. A quick and easy way to identify the species of a beam  is to cut off the end to check the end grain, though this isn’t always totally reliable.

The exact species of reclaimed beams & timber gains importance when your intention is to shear away the rustic or original patina texture and get down to the grain for a smooth planed Craftsman style. This is when you want all your beams to be exactly the same wood species. But if the requirements are for Hand hewn or another Rustic texture, it’s often difficult to tell the wood differences.