The Flame in the Blaze: Portland Fire Court Flooring

We recently salvaged hard maple court flooring from a past life with the Portland Trail Blazers. We’ve added to the collection, incorporating a bit more flame with court flooring sections from the Portland Fire, Portland Oregon’s WNBA team. Attached to plywood, we’re selling all Blazer and Fire tops/pieces in 4’x8′ sheets or cut-to-size.

Luca, our supermodel in Portland, shows off some of the Portland Fire tops.

 

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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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