Reclaimed Flooring Character You Can Count On

 

Interest and conversation arround reclaimed character flooring is robust.
While some floor manufacturers describe it as “a grade,”  Whole Log Lumber describes it as a “Style.”

The purpose of this post is to look at those subtle differences.

Good Character is hard to find

When sourcing wood for flooring, reclaimed flooring suppliers generally look for at least one or two things:

  • Good grain or
  • Good patina

The two qualities aren’t always found together.

Sourcing good patina for reclaimed floors isn’t the same as sourcing good grain for them.
The type of floor being created affects the raw reclaimed material required.

Good grain is considered “tight.”
Good patina is considered “natural patina” and refers to surface appearance and how well the exterior of a wood board surface has aged.  Not all wood surfaces age gracefully.

In addition to grain and patina, when we examine character traits we will necessarily include
wood traits that once were considered flaws, but now a badge of honor.

  • cracks
  • dents
  • nail and worm holes
  • discoloration by rust and mineral deposits

Some people call it “Dirty Top”
In other words – DISTRESS.  Whatever didn’t destroy it in the past, in multiples today will make it special.

Natural patina perhaps foremost.

Character Grades tend to be Rustic

But too much of a “good thing” can sometimes be too much.

Too many cracks, too many dents,

Too many worms or too much wood that’s grey,

too little patina, too little grain

and your character suddenly becomes more like rustic or cabin grade.

Character Style Meets the Marlborough Man

Put emphasis on natural patina and equally distribute qualities of character distress and Voila!
A grade becomes a Style.

Artisan craftsman techniques embroidered on skip planning style,

transform wood from frightful to supple,

With smooth to touch natural patina, with slight glints of grain showing thru.

Extra pre-delivery sandings, make surface finishing easier later when you have it in place.

With oil you can touch and feel good about,

like creases you burnish on old saddles or boots.

Closing thoughts

Much like skirt lengths, character grade floors are appropriate and can be beautiful in any setting.

Reclaimed wood suppliers create their own classifications of them in their own grades or Styles.

Whole Log Lumber proudly shares with you here their  Carolina Character Reclaimed Flooring

In describing the  words > character and > rustic, a challenge it’s been how to use

as both as adjectives for grades, and nouns for Styles.

But there it is and there’s the pleasure.

There’s no over-riding standard for what character grade is.

And beauty is truly in the beholder indeed.