Hand Hewn Beams, Once the backbone in Old Barns & Buildings
Now the framework for Stylish Surroundings
Along with Rustic Wood Beams in (4) Surface Textures
Hand Hewn beams & Rustic Timbers are available in a variety of reclaimed wood species. Tailored to your specifications, of course ~
Hand Hewn beams have been recovered from old barns & buildings, and were originally shaped with simple hand tools, so sizes can be inconsistent & their surfaces are sometimes irregular.
Hand-hewn beams are prized for their raw and rustic appeal. Circle-sawn beams (we call them rustic sawn) show original saw marks also, but the marks can be indistinct. Rustic sawn ceiling beams improve on that.
Images Above and Below: No two hand hewn beams are alike. Each has it’s own one-of-a kind signature. They were originally fashioned using little more than a broad ax and simple hand tools.
Selecting a wood species isn’t generally a crucial task when selecting hand hewn beams. Original surface and hand hewn beams can be of different species but still appear similar if matured under the same roof together. Alternatively, when a smooth surface texture is desired and the grain revealed, wood species does becomes more important when choosing rustic ceiling beams.
Above, Note the ceiling beams & wall timbers and trim. Antique heart pine shown here adapts naturally to elegant surroundings. Its smooth surface texture is planed and shows off it’s intricate grain patterns.
Rustic Timbers in this image once supported the structure that they were part of. These Heart Pine Classic Smooth beams arestill structurally sound, but no longer used for support. Instead, today they support good taste and refined sensibilities.
Above, a contemporary kitchen is embraced by beams that surround the center work station and the perimeter of a skylight. Below,hand hewn beams frame the stage in the this sleek setting of white. Lightweight alternatives to these solid beams are authentic wood reclaimed box beams.
Rustic timbers dimensions can range from 4 x 4″ to 12 x 16″.
Lengths do vary, but beyond 20 linear ft. long they become more rare.
In the bedroom above, hand hewn beams are set into the walls on 2 sides of the room to effect a rustic but refined effect.
In the exterior wall below, hand hewn beams are set into outside walls as early homesteaders did.
Before processing, we kiln dry all rustic beams at high heat for a short duration. That kills bugs that may abide in the beam. No worries. Beetles have been living in wood for thousands of years, and hopefully for thousands more. But not in reclaimed beams we sell to you!