Winter is Coming: Find Warmth in a Long-time Favorite

Winter is coming. As it grows ever closer we’ve been talking about the cozy, the warm, the comfortable…and also the tough, the durable, the hardy. “Like Settlers’ Plank,” observed my coworker Deanna. True! Consistently a client favorite, Settlers’ Plank in its various iterations has a depth of character and flexibility that allows for elevated styles to rugged cabin comfort. It seems appropriate that we give a bit of attention to this long-time favorite:

We think Settlers’ Plank exudes a vintage spirit with a modern vigor. Ranging from rough, darker tones to light tans, each plank speaks to a previous life with original wear marks, saw marks, and occasional nail holes. It gives a ‘lived in’ feel that can balance crisp, modern lines, edges, and tones.

Allisen Larsen, Owner + Principal Designer, Introspecs, Portland OR offered her thoughts on this grade: “We love celebrating the unique characteristics of the wood and how when installed, it’s a work of art in and of itself. Settlers’ Plank flooring has so many patinas, surfaces, and tones–its nature is a nice juxtaposition to our smooth-coat white walls and more modern take on interiors.”

Plus,” continued Allisen of Introspecs, “it masks dirt and spills which is great for homeowners who have a dog and a child!”

 

Reclaimed 27′ structural ridge-beam timber and rafters, combined with Settlers’ Plank Mixed Hardwoods reclaimed wood flooring round out this rustic modern living space by Introspecs.

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An Interview with Oak & Apple Cidery

Christian and Christina Krapf are owners of Oak and Apple Cidery, a new Rochester, NY micro-cidery that shows off its fair share of Pioneer Millworks reclaimed wood. They partnered with Ketmar Development to build the production and tasting room in Penfield, NY. Many thanks to them for taking some time out to talk with us (amidst getting ready for their public opening on September 22nd) about the space’s design, how they chose materials, and what makes for a really good cider.

 

Oak & Apple Cidery in Penfield, NY. Photo by Jerome Davis

 

Deanna: Tell me about Oak & Apple Cidery…

Christian: 11 years ago my best friend took me to a picnic in Olean [NY] where they have this tradition of farmers bringing their homemade ciders. The ciders I had had up to that point were really sweet, candy-tasting ciders, and the cider I had at the picnic were really different. I wanted to try making cider myself–and bring my own the following year.

When I met Christina, my wife, we started making it together. We had a lot of fun doing it and improving. We thought maybe we could sell it, so we set out on this journey to Oak & Apple. Our mission is to make the best quality cider we can.

Christina: What makes us unique is we do all of the production on site—the whole process is done here right on our farm. So we grow the apples, we press the apples, we ferment on site, bottle, filter, and sell right here. So it’s really a farm to glass experience.

We farm 700 trees, and our varietals are rare apples. Not your typical old English style and French varietals…Golden Russet, Balmers…they’re more rare, very bittersweet tart apples, which are good for hard cider.

Reclaimed barn siding, Pioneer Millworks American Prairie Taphouse. Photo from Oak & Apple’s Instagram.

 

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Black and Tan, stout and layered.

Visually tasty contrasting black layered over natural oak tones define our Black & Tan grades to create a dynamic and durable canvas. We’ve reclaimed the oak fence boards from mid-west farms where they spent years on farm duty, experiencing the elements and the animals. The mix of red and white oak has distinct character which we’ve classified into a few standard grades: Black & Tan—50/50, Black & Tan—Tan, and Black & Tan—Black.

When we salvage Black & Tan, each board is layered with eco and animal-friendly black paint that we celebrate in each grade.

 

Creative client requests and our finishing team’s inspiration have made Black & Tan a go-to for additional surfacing (such as saw marks, wire brushing, and Raked) or including a bit more color.

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In Bloom! Wholesome foods and wholesome wood.

 

Recently we were alerted to new photos of a Whole Foods Market in Chicago, IL that features a variety of our wood products throughout, plus custom trusses in the bar area from our sister company, New Energy Works. It’s funny how often “finished shots” of a project don’t arrive until a year or two (or more!) after its completion. This project was no exception having opened in early 2017. I struck out to learn more about it, connecting with Mark Scherrer, Senior Associate at BRR Architecture and lead architect for this particular Whole Foods, known to us as “Lakeview”. Mark recalled the store with ease and answered questions before I even asked:

If you’re not familiar with Whole Foods, they’re an award-winning national grocer with a solid ethos and product focus on natural and organic foods. The stores are an experience, each one unique–any chance we have to visit one, we take it!

 

Each Whole Foods Market is one-of-a-kind, fitted to the region and needs of customers. Departments within the stores are very purposefully designed and carefully integrated with each other to create a cohesive look and feel. Mark explained that for Lakeview: “The wood products from Pioneer Millworks were used as both defining and unifying elements. Cleaner and lighter wood planking installed at an angle welcomes customers and defines key areas such as the Cheese Shop and Juice Bar.”

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