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New Life to Old Lumber

Badgley Mishkay whitewashed antique oakWe recently helped a high-end designer in New York City capture a more modern feel to their space using a versatile wood rich with history. We custom finished reclaimed oak sourced from Appalachian barns for the project, developing the finish and applying by hand at our shop in Ruckersville, Virginia.

Antique oak is an exceptionally stable platform for flooring, posts and beams. It can hold up under the most extreme conditions and continue to look stunning, the perfect balance for this new project.

When sourcing reclaimed oak, we inspect every piece, grade each on varying degrees of character and quality, and remove all the nails by hand. We retain the nail holes and other scars to celebrate the wood’s history.

For centuries, oak was used to build barns and other structures that have come to define Americana. Much of our reclaimed oak is recovered with chestnut, poplar, hickory and pine. An essential part of farm life, barns constructed through the early part of the 19th century were typically built using trees growing closest to the property. The beams, being larger elements of the structures, were limited in size to what could be moved by man and horse. The wood was either hand-hewn using an axe or squared with an adze.

Early settlers also recognized the value of oak from its European subspecies and used red, white, black, scarlet, willow, post and pin varieties to build their barns as well. These varieties are still available in new growth today, but develop a very different appearance after years of being subjected to natural and human elements.

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Welcome to Mountain Lumber Company’s Blog! We want to offer helpful advice, tips, and educational information in regards to selecting, installing, and maintaining the wood floor of your dreams. We will have open discussions regarding trends, colors, and textures. We also will offer input into Reclaimed materials, Newly Harvested materials, FSC Certification, Leed Compliance, and custom finishing.

Flooring is the centerpiece of any home and we understand that it is one of the most important interior features. We want you to count on us not only for trends, but technical advice, so that you’ll love your floors for years to come.

Our bloggers are made up of our Sales and Technical Staff who have a combined 50+ years in the wood flooring, construction, interior design, and customer service fields. Each of our team members bring individual experience and perspective to their topics and showcase the depth of what our company has to offer. Guest bloggers will also be featured, including customers who have our floors in their home.

If you have any questions or requests, please let us know! We would love feedback from you and look forward to your comments. If you have questions about specific projects, feel free to reach out to sales@mountainlumber.com.

Once again, Mountain Lumber Company would like to welcome you to our blog. We look forward to providing you with insights that will assist you in your search for the perfect wood floor.

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