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 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.
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.
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 SPECS
Oaks, Maple, Pines
Gray, tan and brown with patinas
adze, ax, pit and circle saw marks
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.
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.
Barn Board Specs
Siding, threshing floor, wall and roof boards
Hemlock, Pine, Oak, Spruce
Gray, Red, Brown, Tan
Knot & nail holes, checking, paint, ground grain, patinas
Light or heavy weathered textures, paint or no paint, some cupping
SIZES: >20′ long and >14″ wide
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.
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!