Why are barn’s red?

Red barns cover the countryside. Take a drive in the country and have a look. This is not because farmers of yesteryear loved red, it's because they had to make their own paint which usually was made from linseed oil, milk, lime, and ferrous oxide, aka rust. Farmers found that this mixture would dry and [...]

May 25th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

Rugs and your floor

Your reclaimed wood floor from Aged Woods looks great. As much as you would like to just simply leave it open so everyone can see it, for most homeowners that is not a practical option. With any piece of furniture it is a good idea to put something underneath it in order to prevent scratching [...]

May 23rd, 2017|Caring for Your Hardwood Floor|

Australia’s oldest tree

Trees are some of the oldest known living organism on the planet. Surviving on this planet for 385 million years, only a handful of organisms live longer lives, mostly sponges, coral, and bacteria. Trees have survived nearly every disaster this planet has seen and there are trees on this planet that have been alive for [...]

May 18th, 2017|World's Oldest Trees|

The Spotsylvania Oak

Combat in the American Civil War was brutal. Arguably the most brutal fighting of the war took place outside of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia in May of 1864. Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia were trying to stop a combined Union effort to capture Richmond led by Ulysses S. Grant. The two armies [...]

May 16th, 2017|History|

Great events that happened in a barn: The death of the first presidential assassin

On the night of April 14, 1865 while watching the play Our American Cousin to try to relax as the Civil War wound down, famed actor John Wilkes Booth crept into the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC and fired his Derringer pistol into the back of Abraham Lincoln’s head. In the shock [...]

May 11th, 2017|Great events that happened in a barn, History|

What happened to the chestnut tree?

The chestnut tree was once one of the most common trees in the United States. Towns and cities have named streets for trees like the maple, the walnut and the chestnut was no different. Chestnut Hill is the name of prominent neighborhoods in both Philadelphia and Boston. The tree anchored whatever ecosystem they were a [...]

May 9th, 2017|American Chestnut, Types of Wood|

Shagbark Hickory

The Shagbark Hickory (carya ovata) is a common hickory tree found mostly in the eastern United States from Maine to Tennessee but it can be found as far west as Missouri. Isolated populations of the tree can also be found in Ontario and in the mountains of eastern Mexico. The hickory can easily grow to [...]

May 4th, 2017|Shagbark Hickory, Types of Wood|

Old Ironsides

The United States was not always the global power that it is today. There was a time when we had to prove our mettle to the world. To do that we needed a navy. Authorized by the Naval Act of 1794 six frigates were ordered to be built. They were designed to be stronger and [...]

May 2nd, 2017|History|

Want to live in a barn?

When a barn reaches the end of its useful life it is usually torn down and for some a company like Aged Woods repurposes the wood for another use. It is good for the landowner, for the company who recycles the wood and the person who ultimately gets the reclaimed wood in their home. But [...]

April 27th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

You can’t hit the broadside of a barn: Baseball edition

For any fan who has gone to a baseball game there is nothing worse than a pitcher that can’t throw strikes. The amount of time it takes to play a major league game is getting longer and it is partly because pitchers struggle. When they get really wild there have been many pitching coaches out [...]

April 25th, 2017|Barnyard fun|