Reclaimed wood furniture is made from lumber that has been salvaged from barns, houses, or any old building that is being torn down. It is a great way to reuse a limited resource. Wood is fortunately a renewable resource, that is we can plant trees and like a crop, then can be harvested and replanted over and over again. The down side is that trees take a long period of time to grow.
Also there is a tendency to plant groves of a specific type of trees as it is commercially easier to harvest trees of the same age and type. This leads to the possibility of disease or pests wiping out a specific type of tree due to their concentration.
By using reclaimed lumber, wood workers are being eco-friendly with this resource as no new trees are harvested to make their tables and cabinets. This lumber would go to landfills or be burned if it was not salvaged. Working with this type of lumber has many pitfalls to it.
First it is labor intensive to carefully remove all the lumber in a building. Nails have to be pulled out and boards and beams removed without damaging them. The lumber needs to be sorted by both type and size. Read on »