Ray has been working with a client seeking a sleek, high contrast look and they turned to our good friend Ash to make it happen. We’ve talked a little bit about custom finishes and Ash in particular as a species that is super flexible and looks great with just about any finish you can think of to apply. But if you walk out in to our shop today you’ll see something pretty dramatic.
Rows and rows of black wood planks.
Our custom finishing team is working on the black portion of this three toned color application. Here, the boards fill the room while finish coats are drying.
The grey boards have a white topcoat that highlights the reclaimed details- grain, nailholes and insect marks.
This project calls for Ash to become its own opposite. Dark, smooth and glossy boards will contrast with bright whites and a two-tone grey combination. Not a hint of warm gold to be found. The finishing team has been dedicated to this project, working their way through multiple colors, wiping and top coat applications, literally hand crafting each individual board.
Dave works on the application of the white finish. Behind him you can see a clock and thermometer. Temperature can be a crucial factor in finish application and successful curing so it’s closely monitored.
The blackest boards are sleek and uniform with a smooth satin sheen.
We’ve found ourselves doing more and more of this custom finishing lately and the team has been having fun flexing their creative muscles, helping put together exactly the right look for our clients’ projects.
I personally can’t wait to see the finished installation…
We see it all here. Our projects run the gamut from commercial to residential, floors to walls and everywhere in between. And a lot of what our clients ask for isn’t “standard” and doesn’t bear any resemblance to the ‘log cabin’ look people often associate with reclaimed wood. This salon in Boston exudes modern cool with our Weathered White Barn Siding on the walls and reception desk.
The Weathered White Barnsiding helps create a sleek modern look with interest and texture.
In this particular application, the owners needed not only to encapsulate the original paint to prevent flaking but also to make sure that the material met the requirements for the fire code. We were able to help them find a solution that served both purposes- a clear, uniform coating, with a Class A fire rating.
You can see in these images that not only does the coating protect the walls, but it adds a slight sheen. This touch works to complement the contemporary aesthetic.
The reclaimed material works throughout all of the different areas of the salon. Here it surrounds the retail product display.
As the planks wind their way through the reception, salon and retail spaces, the distressed wood holds your interest, while the monochrome color scheme keeps the look fresh. The finish reflects the light and contrasts the textures. Nothing about this barn wood application says barn.
I had the rare opportunity to visit a project in its very infancy last week in New York City, one that will become a retail space, wine tasting room, and several floors of condos. To most material suppliers, the demolition stage of a project isn’t much to see, but to those of us with a passion for wood and an eye to the past, it can tell us a lot about the building, and give some direction to what materials would be a good fit for the project.
Sometimes a building will tell you where it came from if you look close enough.
The photo above is rotated 180 degrees, and it caught my eye while coming upstairs from the basement level. The CW Wilson Lumber Company was located in Brooklyn and was in its prime around the turn of the century. The original structure here was built in 1852, but it seems as though at least the first floor was renovated at some point, considering the varied sizes and species of the joists and the types of sawing used. Paying homage to the original materials, we’ll be working with reclaimed Heart Pine from some amazing timbers in our yard. What’s more amazing though, is the transformation this space will undergo.
One of two basement levels, this will become a wine tasting room, making use of our reclaimed wine vats to compliment the original structure of the building.
From the beginning of a project here, to completion of a restaurant north of the city:
Racanelli’s New York Italian was recently opened after renovations to the original 40-year old space. I worked with the architects and the owners to select weathered barn siding for the walls, and chunky original floor joists for the ceilings and shelves. While the original intent of the barn siding was the inside brown face, the original weathered reds were used occasionally to pick up on the rich tones of the brick walls.
“The Bridge” helps to define the bar area separately from the dining space without using a full wall. Ingenious.
Above the bread station, a cylinder of reclaimed barn siding emphasizes the center of the restaurant, with a curved wine shelf along the front.
Racanelli’s is located in Scarsdale, NY, a short train ride on the Harlem line from Penn Station. Order the Pappardelle Bolognese. Trust me.
The old saying about New York is that it is “the city that never sleeps”. When you’re wearing the soles off your shoes every day though, you have to have some down time. The Pod Hotel on 39th St just opened their lounge on the first floor, complete with a full bar, plenty of seating, and…..ping pong tables!
What better way to relax than by playing a little table tennis with a backdrop of reclaimed wood and Mexican-inspired artwork?
Maybe you’ve spotted some of our work in other locations around New York? Chances are, if you’ve been in a new restaurant or retail store in the city, you’ve seen wood from us here at Pioneer Millworks. Keep in touch, there’s sure to be more.
Jered has spent the first half of this week pounding the pavement in New York City. In the rush of meeting with clients, visiting jobsites and dropping off samples, he’s still managing to whet our appetites with pictures like these…
This large scale wine rack created with character and patina rich reclaimed wood towers over patrons at this New York City area eatery. It’s one of many elements that we were able to assist the designers and owners with.
I’m sure we’ll get all the details on this project and more when he gets back to the office later in the week. I can’t wait to see the rest!