Abraham Lincoln and reclaimed wood

The American dream is that you can come from the most humble of beginnings and rise to become the most powerful man in our country. No one exemplifies this most than our 16th president Abraham Lincoln. Born in rural Kentucky near Hodgenville into a farming family with a one room log cabin in 1809 no [...]

February 23rd, 2017|History|

George Washington and a barn

One has to wonder if John Washington had any thoughts about what his place would be in history when he settled in Virginia’s Northern Neck in 1657. Like nearly every settler in the rural colonies he took up clearing and working the land and as was common in the Virginia Colony he raised tobacco. The [...]

February 21st, 2017|History|

Shellbark Hickory

The Shellbark hickory or carya laciniosa is a rare tree to find in modern times in the forest. When they can be found they reside in the midwestern United States in the Ohio River region, along the Mississippi in Missouri and Illinois, and along the Wabash River in Indiana and Ohio. The shellbark needs a [...]

February 16th, 2017|Shellbark hickory, Types of Wood|

Barns of the Civil War: Abraham Brian

The American Civil War was the most violent conflict this continent has ever witnessed. Central to many of the great and small battles were family farms and their barns. While many of these barns have been lost to time some of them still exist today. Though they will never be used for reclaimed wood, we [...]

February 14th, 2017|Barns of the Civil War, History|

Congaree National Park

When our earliest ancestors came here to the New World they found a lush, green expanse filled with tall trees and multitudes of wildlife. Much of what they saw is now gone, replaced by modern cities and their suburbs. But there is one bit of land that has gone untouched by man. It is a [...]

February 9th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

Great Britain’s oldest tree

Great Britain's oldest tree is known as Llangernyw, a yew tree in Wales (with a spelling like that would you expect anywhere else?). It was seeded in what is now St. Digian's Church about 4,000 years ago, in Llangernyw in northern Wales. To give you some context, the builders of Stonehenge were still alive when [...]

February 7th, 2017|World's Oldest Trees|

Barns and the Underground Railroad

Barns have provided refuge for people since the day they were first constructed here in North America. They housed pioneer families and their animals as they built their farms from the ground up. Barns also provided a safe haven for another group of people, escaped slaves. The Underground Railroad, as it came to be known, [...]

February 2nd, 2017|History|

The Tree of Peace

Nation Building began in the United States long before Europeans settled North America. The Iroquois Confederacy was the most powerful nation in North America until the English settlements in the 17th century. Central to the Iroquois was the Tree of Peace, or what we call today the white pine. The Iroquois consisted of five nations, [...]

January 31st, 2017|History|

Check your shoes!

Winter is upon us and unless you live in a place like Florida we shouldn’t need to remind you of that fact. What wintertime brings can do a great deal of damage to your beautiful reclaimed wood floor. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will hopefully help you keep your floor [...]

January 26th, 2017|Caring for Your Hardwood Floor, Health & Safety|

Barns of the Civil War: Jacob Bushong

The American Civil War was the most violent conflict this continent has ever witnessed. Central to many of the great and small battles were family farms and their barns. While many of these barns have been lost to time some of them still exist today. Though they will never be used for reclaimed wood, we [...]

January 24th, 2017|Barns of the Civil War, History|