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Antique Wood University

Antique Wood University

Recycled wood is not only a stunning addition to any home, it also makes sense for the planet, by reusing and re purposing the wood we’ve already cut down! With these thoughts in mind, Goodwin Heart Pine, a longtime advocate of green building and reclaimed wood standards is excited to offer these free training materials and to support an ongoing conversation around the topics of reclaimed wood and its use in remodeling, renovation and new construction.

Reclaimed Wood Floor Association

Reclaimed wood manufacturers have seen a ten-fold increase in orders and many more individuals and manufacturers are getting into the reclaimed wood business. The problem is that there are no standards to protect consumers. Standards for heart pine, for instance, were last published in 1924.

Led by Goodwin Heart Pine Company, a team of quality focused manufacturers have founded the Reclaimed Wood Floor Association. The association’s work to date has centered on establishing standards for antique heart pine, with other woods standards planned.

Why wood is better for the environment than other building materials?

Wood product manufacturing is cleaner. Steel products give off 24 times more harmful chemicals. Concrete leaches a great deal of carbon dioxide.
Wood requires less energy to manufacturer. Brick takes four times more energy, concrete six times and steel 40 times.
Wood actually conserves energy. It takes 15 inches of concrete to equal the insulation value of just one inch of wood.
Antique reclaimed wood IS recycling. This wood can come from industrial revolution era warehouses and docks, old homes, cider casks or even river bottoms (where logs are perfectly preserved). Rather than destroying the wood that built America, reclaimed wood manufacturers put this wood back to work to enjoy for many more generations to come.

Why wood is the healthy choice

Wood is the perfect choice for anyone with allergies. Carpet fibers trap allergens such as dust and fumes, while mold can grow in tile grout.
Wood requires fewer chemicals to clean than other floor coverings.
Many doctors recommend wood floors for your spine and joints because it gives a little and is easier on your legs and feet.

Why reclaimed wood appears to be more expensive

Antique wood does not come from standing trees. All of the few remaining original-growth trees—trees old enough to produce mostly heartwood—are protected, as they should be. As an example, most commercially available heart pine will probably be gone in about 10 years. There are only so many old warehouses and only so many logs at the bottom of the river. When those are gone- that’s it. Because there are only two sources for original-growth heart pine, there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into the salvaging and recovering of this precious resource. Thus, the process to locate and mill this limited treasure requires more labor and time.

What are grain patterns for antique wood

Three distinct grain patterns are typical for sawn antique wood:

  • Select grain is the most popular grain pattern seen in wood floors. Select grain is achieved by sawing flat through the log and results in a blend of both arching or flame grain pattern and vertical grain in planks up to 10 inches wide.
  • Vertical grain is a pinstriped pattern achieved along the full length of the board by using what is called the quartersawing process. To obtain this formal grain pattern, a more intricate sawing method is used which does incur some waste. Note: When comparison shopping, you may want to review the percentage of vertical grain included in the plainsawn product.
    Vertical grain is a bit more costly than plainsawn wood.
  • Curly grain is an extremely rare, natural burled grain. This unique and luminous grain pattern is found in about one out of every 300-400 logs. It is perfect for a stunning conversation piece, inlays on flooring and cabinetry, or other areas of interest in your project.