America was built Reclaimed Wood.
Before steel skyscrapers and concrete jungles,
Americans made their rustic wood structures with the most plentiful resource available to them:
incredibly diverse trees that dotted the countryside across the United States.
Farmers raised barns,
Sailors constructed ships,
Industrialists built factories, and
Politicians erected voting halls.
Lumber served as the ideal building block for American society.
It was abundant, hardy, and cheap.
No matter where one went, the variety of trees and unique beauty that accompanied each, inspired great works of craftsmanship.
So what happened to all the old timber that made America’s story possible in the first place?
What happened to that wood when sailing ships were retired, replaced with modern vessels made of steel?
How about the lumber formerly used for buildings that were now being replaced with more modern technology?
Unfortunately, much of the wood was destroyed.
Some was lost to fire, some to rot, and still more to landfills.
More recently, much of the wood has been reclaimed and taken back by those who recognize its historical, aesthetic, and durable qualities, and who have set out to breathe new life into it.
And while it may be true that an old broken pallet repurposed as a bedside table is technically an example of “reclaiming”,
At Whole Log Lumber, we focus on reclaiming and up-cycling the highest quality reclaimed lumber available.
We source our lumber from rustic barns on Carolina farms, Amish-built structures from the Midwest, multi-story factories and textile mills from the South and New England, and family estates from all over the country.