Reclaimed Wood Fiber
Bingham Lumber is a LEED conscious company and a member of the US Green Council. We support sustainable & renewable resource management and are FSC certified. We rely on our 63 years of sawmill experience and use time proven methods with a blend of modern and traditional technology to realize a high percentage of usable fiber (i.e. flooring, custom moulding, stair and rail components, wainscot) from the reclaimed wood, making us an industry leader in yield percentage.
Contact us for information on your Chain of Custody project needs or for information on FSC or SFI certified products. To learn more about FSC certifications you can also visit www.fsc.org.
The Reclaimed Story
Antique woods reclaimed from barns, agricultural structures and cabins generally yield mixed hardwoods and softwoods. The most common species are white oak, American chestnut, white pine, red oak, hemlock and spruce. (elm, walnut, maple, poplar, cherry, birch, ash, and hickory are available but are less common.) There are three main types of antique barn board captured from these dwellings: exterior siding, loft decking, and roof boards all with varying degrees of rich coloring, width, thickness, texture, nail holes, splits and cracks. Many of the cabins that are solid and intact are labeled and tagged for reassembly.
Many industrial buildings set for deconstruction are of the industrial revolution era and are found throughout the northeast. Most all buildings yield southern long leaf pine as a wood fiber. These buildings are comprised of both decking and timbers which are very uniform and accurate in size and length. Decking can range from two inches to six inches thick and 6-20" wide. Antique Heart Pine has density ratings that rival red and white oak today.
The Reclaimed Process
There are several steps to the process of manufacturing salvaged lumber.
- Sizing and sorting
- De-nailing (removing all of the iron in the fiber)
- Sawing the material on the mill.
- Optimizing the material for yield.
- Straight line ripping the lumber
- Parallel ripping the lumber
- Kiln drying the lumber
- Surfacing / Sizing the lumber
- Milling or moulding the stock
- Grading / Chopping / Packaging