Wye Mills and its oak tree

The state of Maryland has many exciting things to see, from the mountains of Western Maryland to the beaches of the Eastern Shore. In between are other exciting places that can take you back in time or just provide a day or night of relaxation. In the former category is a place called Wye Mills [...]

September 21st, 2017|History, World's Oldest Trees|

Barns of the Civil War: George Rose

As the Confederate attack on July 2, 1863 developed numerous farms situated along the Emmitsburg Road south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania stood in its way. The first farms hit were not heavily damaged owing to weak Union resistance. That would change at the farm belonging to George and Mary Rose. The Rose family owned a large [...]

September 19th, 2017|Barns of the Civil War, History|

Jōmon Sugi, Japan’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 [...]

September 14th, 2017|World's Oldest Trees|

The Quaker Gun or a way to project strength

One of the methods of deceiving the Germans before the invasion of Europe in 1944 was to create a fictitious army under the command of George Patton. Inflatable tanks and airplanes were manufactured along with radio traffic and it gave German intelligence fits. Patton after all had a reputation as the American army’s hardest hitter [...]

September 12th, 2017|History|

The Beech tree

The beech tree is one of the most widely found trees in the world. The species of the tree are found in North America, Europe and Asia. They are common in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia, the eastern United States, southeastern Canada and Japan. The tree can even be found in Mexico. Beech trees grow [...]

September 7th, 2017|Types of Wood|

Against the grain

You have probably heard the term “Against the grain” at some point in your life. It is usually said about someone or something that goes against the mainstream or popular opinion. It can be a good thing by potentially bringing a new idea or new method to light but it implies that it is an [...]

September 5th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

Can hardwood flooring increase your home’s value?

There are many ways that you can increase the value of your home. Some are cheaper options like a fresh coat of paint or making the bathroom more user-friendly for the elderly. Some options are much more expensive like replacing the roof, the siding and remodeling the kitchen. If any of this is being done, [...]

August 31st, 2017|Benefits of Reclaimed Wood|

Environmental benefits of wood flooring

We all want to save the planet and be as environmentally friendly as we can, after all we only have one planet. So when choosing whether to install a hardwood floor in your home or go with something else like vinyl consider this: A hardwood floor is the most environmentally friendly material that can be [...]

August 29th, 2017|Benefits of Reclaimed Wood|

Barns of the Civil War: Michael Bushman

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. While they will never be used for reclaimed wood we [...]

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

Boeing and their red barn

In the early days of aviation barns and airplanes went together like peanut butter and jelly or pastrami on rye. Barns were the only buildings available that were large enough to house early airplanes so it should be no surprise that many early aviation buildings looked like a barn. William Boeing was one of the [...]

August 22nd, 2017|History|