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Early American Barn Wood 

OLD GROWTH BARNS

The classic icons of America’s rural roots and traditions. From 1700 on, millions of huge trees gave immigrants the barn wood needed for farm structures.

Dutch, English, German, and other designs rose up made of Oaks, Pines, Maple, Chestnut, Elms, Hickory, Hemlock and more.

We rescue wood from these great structures to be built with again.

Barn raising party on original barn wood in 19th century America
Barn beams used for building new timber frame home

Barn wood elements 

Barns were critical structures that held livestock, crops, equipment, and even families until a house was built. There were many parts like girts, tenons, trunnels, braces, purlins, sills, King and Queen posts, threshing floor, siding and more.

These critical elements are prized today for new structures and designs. Our beams have adze, broad ax and marriage marks, mortise & tenon, knot and nail holes, plus patinas.

New Home built with our reclaimed barn timbers and boards

Barn Beams for Structure and Design

We stock almost everything. We’ve got massive, old growth wood beams to frame a home or create exteriors, and stand the test of time. Choose from a variety of species, sources, textures and patinas. We can custom mill our beams to look new(er) or to create other products like premium wood flooring that’s wider and longer than you’ll find elsewhere.  

 

New interior built with reclaimed woods - by Vermont Barns
New interior designed with reclaimed wood - by Vermont Barns

Long gone timbers

Look at the grain of today’s wood and you’ll see wide growth rings. Much of it’s lighter and weaker than our stock of first and second growth timber. Old trees grew very slowly, near each other, with no threat to their forest dominance. They were tall, wide and true, and are now only available as reclaimed wood timbers. Barn wood here means serious timber, so take a look and learn what’s possible with Armster Reclaimed Lumber.

Barn Beam and Board bedroom
Barn Beam and Board Garage recreation

BARN BEAM SPECS

SPECIES:
Oaks, Maple, Pines
COLORS
:
Gray, tan and brown with patinas
MARKS:
adze, ax, pit and circle saw marks
ELEMENTS:
Notches, mortise & tenon, pockets, checking, knots, nail/bolt holes.
SIZES: >36′ long and >22″ wide
USES:
MANY: Framing, stairwells, doorways, joists, mantels, furniture, design, and much more.

Barn Beam and Board Front Porch
Hand Hewn and Water Sawn Beams

Hand hewn beams

These large (and some massive) hand hewn beams show the earliest method for turning trees into timber. After bark was removed, axes and adzes were used to section and chip a few surface inches at a time. One side was hewed flat(-ish) and then the log was turned three times, becoming square with each hewing.

It was hard and dangerous work, but had to be done for construction. A plane might be used to smooth high spots, but squaring was the main goal. Interior beams remained brown and exposed ones became grayer with time.

Hand Hewn Interior Oak Beams
Hand Hewn Exterior Oak Beams

Barn Board Specs

TYPES:
Siding, threshing floor, wall and roof boards
SPECIES:
Hemlock, Pine, Oak, Spruce
COLORS
:
Gray, Red, Brown, Tan
MARKS:
Knot & nail holes, checking, paint, ground grain, patinas
ELEMENTS:
Light or heavy weathered textures, paint or no paint, some cupping
SIZES: >20′ long and >14″ wide

Weathered Oak Barn Siding
Threshing Floor Boards

 White Pine & Brown Board

‘The King’s Pine’ as England knew it, is light in color and a favorite for royal masts on ships and for other uses.

The example here is milled flooring from a skip planed joist, revealing exterior and interior colors, grain, nail and circle saw marks.

The Brown Board here is a range of Northeast softwoods used as walls, doors, and some flooring. It looks great for den, restaurant or patio walls with a nice color range and bold flat sawn grain dynamics. Includes saw marks.

 

White Pine Skip Planed Flooring
Brown Board flat sawn range

 

Hadley Plank Finished Flooring
Circle sawn Northeast Softwood flooring

 Barn Siding

The classic American barn is an iconic symbol of our rural roots, by field or forest. Barns dot our landscape in a range of colors and conditions, and we collect what we can when they’re done.

There are many grays, from silver to dark, that come from various woods including cedar, pine, hemlock and spruce. Some have paint on them.

The reds, originally created with linseed oil, milk and rusty nails, are also wide-ranging, but all are paint-based. We also have reclaimed redwood!

Weathered Gray Barn Siding Range
Red Barn Siding

Mushroom Wood

From mushroom farms, we collect decades-old growing bed boards carved by the fungi/soil enzymes.

Mushroom wood offers designers a unique look and feel that can be left as is or finished. One designer gilded it for a magical effect.

Mushroom Wood Wall
Mushroom Wood Close Up

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