George Washington, his white oak fort and how he started a world war

England and France were old enemies and in the 1750s that was no different. Both wanted to be the dominant power in Europe and to control all of North America. What would become Canada and the United States were rich in resources and by having total control of that territory that nation could control the [...]

February 20th, 2018|History|

Historic tree at the White House comes down

Late last year it was announced that one of America’s most historic trees, the Jackson magnolia that has stood by the south entrance to the White House, would be torn down. After a thorough investigation by arborists from the National Arboretum they came to the conclusion that the tree could not be sustained. It was [...]

February 15th, 2018|History|

Found in a Barn: The CIA forgets about documents in a barn

Love them or hate them the CIA has done a lot to keep this country safe but they are one of the most mysterious organizations in the world. They are not perfect by any means and they do occasionally get forgetful. In recent times that led to a very embarrassing situation in New York. Head [...]

February 13th, 2018|Found in a barn, History|

World’s Oldest Trees: Elia Vouvon

The competition for the oldest tree in Europe is nearly as intense as the UEFA Champions league. Many countries claim that one of their trees is the continent’s oldest, from the United Kingdom to Italy and everyone in between. Greece is no different, claiming Elia Vouvon (Ελιά Βουβών) or the Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves [...]

February 8th, 2018|World's Oldest Trees|

Cantilever Barns of Appalachia

The Great Smoky Mountains are the most visited national park in the nation. Scenic waterfalls and rushing rivers along with awe inspiring vistas help create memories that visitors will never forget. Located in the western end of the park is Cade’s Cove. Besides the picturesque scenery it also encompasses several old farms dating to the [...]

February 6th, 2018|History|

What is an antique?

The term antique is tossed around frequently. It seems like anything that is old is considered to be an antique, from furniture to art to cars to views of life. Exactly how old something has to be to be considered an antique is debated vigorously and it should be no surprise that experts and the [...]

February 1st, 2018|Benefits of Reclaimed Wood|

Wood and sports

Wood plays an important role in some of our favorite recreational activities or athletic pastimes. Nearly every sport uses or has used some sort of wooden implement. So, when picking out what reclaimed wood you would like to use perhaps we can make it easier for you sports fans out there. Some sports use whole [...]

January 30th, 2018|Barnyard fun|

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

You’ve got the shot that every NHL player dreams of. You’ve forced a turnover at your opponents blue line and now you’re skating towards the opposing goalie. There is nothing between you and them. As you get closer you do a little deking to move the goalie and wind up and fire. You expect the [...]

January 25th, 2018|Barnyard fun|

Barns of the Civil War: Nicholas Codori

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 [...]

January 23rd, 2018|Barns of the Civil War, History|

A tank found in a barn

The first World War brought new innovations to warfare. The U-Boat become the most feared weapon on the open seas, the airplane took the war into the skies and the tank changed land tactics forever. Early tanks were clumsy machines. A tank crew stood just as much chance of dying from the exhaust and heat [...]

January 18th, 2018|Barnyard fun|