Where’d it come from? A brief history of cashmerette, auto upholstery, toothpicks, and Heart Pine timbers.

Long Leaf Southern Yellow Pine, aka Heart Pine, is called “the wood America was built with” due to its prevalence in construction during the Industrial Revolution. The Wilton Woolen Mill was no exception, though it was built towards the tail end of this revolution (1840) in Wilton, Maine. We’re excited to usher over 750 Heart Pine post and beam timbers salvaged during the deconstruction to new uses.

Heart Pine timbers and posts supported the factory for generations prior to their reclamation.

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Mood changers: chevrons, herringbones, versailles, and randomness.

Chevrons, herringbones, versailles, basket weaves–patterns. They’re everywhere! We’ve been talking about this trend of patterns and asking: what is it that makes people attracted to them? It turns out there are studies that look at our brain’s reactions and our emotional reactions to patterns. We see patterns even where there are no patterns.

So what is it about patterns that keep us coming back for more? We know they allow us to simplify daily life. Patterns can be calming and comfortable. Or intense and exciting. Here are the top patterns we’re seeing today (and why they’re attractive):

1): Chevrons and herringbones: The repetition and symmetry of these patterns in natural or monochromatic tones evokes the calming and harmonious. The angles inherent in herringbone and chevron give the surface a gentle movement, allowing the eye to travel up and down in a soothing manner.

Chevron pre-panelized reclaimed mixed hardwoods.

Natural wood tones offer more monochromatic consistency.

 

Custom finished to a deep, consistent tone for The Douglas in Vancouver.

 

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Portland Trail Blazers Tops

With a history in the Moda Center of roaring fans, squeaking sneakers, and the swish of the net, now decommissioned Original Gym Flooring has made its way from court fame to reclaimed wood icon.

The Trail Blazers and Portland Fire both called this Oregon court home. The salvaged maple flooring is attached to plywood, so we’re selling it in 4’x8′ sheets or cut-to-size.

Colorful line patterns, typography, and other imagery varies per slab.

 

Excited for a piece of Blazers history? Contact Elise today to learn more. Or explore our other Sports Collection reclamations for more colors, patterns, and history.

 

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Portland Wood, Hometown Stories

Big timbers, clean wood, rugged wood—all local! Three iconic buildings in Portland, Oregon have reached the end of their lifecycle and we’re bringing you the salvaged timbers, boards, and more:

After nearly 100 years in business, Fishels Furniture, known best for patio furniture, closed its doors in 2016 as owner Larry Talbott sought a new chapter in life having spent 40 years owning/running the business. Photo: Lynch Sales Co.

 

The old Fishels Furniture building on Martin Luther King Blvd. at Burnside bridge has yielded Douglas fir timbers fit to go back into use as they are or to be re-sawn into crisp board stock with unlimited uses. In more good news: some of the wood reclaimed from the building is going back into the new construction that’s happening there.

Reclaimed Douglas fir timbers from the Mersman Table Factory found new life in a Portland, OR home. Photo by Loren Nelson.

 

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