Great events that happened in a barn: The Gardelegen Massacre

In the waning days of World War II in Europe in northern Germany the Nazi Final Solution was carried out in a barn. On the Isenschnibbe Estate near Gardelegen 1,016 slave laborers (mostly captured resistance fighters from Eastern Europe) were to be exterminated by the Luftwaffe and the SS. The slave laborers were being transported [...]

March 28th, 2017|Great events that happened in a barn, History|

Barns of the Civil War: John Best

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 [...]

March 23rd, 2017|Barns of the Civil War, History|

The Little Ice Age

Trees that grow in a colder environment produce much denser wood and when it is used for reclaimed flooring they produce a product that is second to none. Many of the barns that Aged Woods uses for reclaimed hardwood flooring were built in the 19th Century or the early 20th century from trees that were [...]

March 21st, 2017|History|

The white pine

One of the most common trees in the eastern United States is the white pine or pinus strobus. The tree is also known as the northern white pine, Weymouth pine, and soft pine. It can be found ranging from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in the north and south along the Piedmont to northern Georgia and [...]

March 16th, 2017|Types of Wood, White Pine|

The Old Barn

There is a venerable structure standing in Hershey, Pennsylvania known as the Old Barn. It never was designed to shelter cows or horses and it was never intended to store hay. It is not even made of wood but of concrete instead. It has witnessed championships and sports history as well as some of the [...]

March 14th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

March Madness

The United States has given much to the world, the telephone, the airplane, the microprocessor and much much more. While not ranking amongst the pantheon of great American inventions, we have also given the world the sport of basketball. What does that have to do with hardwood flooring? Just take a look at the court [...]

March 9th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

Want to help raise a barn?

A few weeks ago we mentioned the Star Barn, a historic barn being moved from Dauphin County to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. It is just a matter of time before the barn will be raised again, this time at the Ironstone Ranch outside of Elizabethtown. Starting on July 2 and running through July 4 the [...]

March 7th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

An important barn in England

It was a common practice in England for scrapped wooden sailing vessels to have their wood reused. In many cases the timber would be reused to build a barn so you could say reclaiming wood is not a new idea! This should be no surprise as ships were made to be sturdy enough to survive [...]

March 2nd, 2017|History|

Moon Trees

Moon trees conjure a very odd picture in our imaginations. We know that our Moon is devoid of life and that certainly trees are incapable of growing on it. The name moon tree almost sounds like an Ed Wood b-movie flick that would have been parodied on Mystery Science Theater 3000. But indeed Moon Trees [...]

February 28th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

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|