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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Adorned with Wood: A Jewel of a Home

Homeowners Phil and Rocio spent some time moving about the US, landing in the bay area for about a decade, but always with a plan to return to their farm in Oregon. Recently retired, they headed back to Oregon, returning to the eight acres they had rented out for 15 years, planning to build a “small but perfect home”. The couple had always been enthralled with the beauty of wood which lead them to timber framing with our sister company New Energy Works and an abundance of our reclaimed and sustainable wood. Phil kindly gave us some insight into the wood in their NEW Jewel of a home:

How did this all begin for you and Rocio?
Well, we knew we wanted a modest but highly-detailed home to spend our retirement in. We’d been renting out the land for 15 years…it was a major task to re-conquer the wilderness and visualize a new home on-site. Jonathan and David [of New Energy Works/Pioneer Millworks] visited early on and saw the raw material we had to work with. They were able to see the possibilities with us.

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Welcome Hans and Lori!

We connected with Hans and Lori of HGH Trading & Consulting, Inc. in Texas a few months back. We’re excited to have this Lone Star State tag-team representing our reclaimed and sustainable wood products there and in Oklahoma. On a characteristically hot day in late summer we sat down to learn more about them:

What do you like about Texas?

Hans: The big open spaces once you’re out of the city. I’ve been in Texas for 34 years.

Lori: I grew up in Canada and Chicago so I love the weather that we have in Frisco [TX] from November to May. We can have a few cold days (sometimes 40-60 degrees….haha!) but mostly 75 degrees and sunny. I consider it perfect! I’ve lived here for 22 years and wouldn’t go back.

What’s your backstory with design and wood?

Hans: I’ve always worked in the wood products industries! Wood is so natural and easy to connect with. I spent time in various mills doing everything from production to product development, to procurement, to sales and marketing.

Lori: My college degree is in design but I have always been in sales, representing flooring products to architectural and design firms in Chicago initially, and now in Texas and Oklahoma. I have experience with the fuzzy stuff, and vinyl of many shapes and colors and brands, but it is wood that speaks to me.

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Shou Sugi Ban and Detailed Craft: a note from the NEW Jewel

A modest timber frame home, designed, built, and crafted by our sister company (New Energy Works Timberframers), clad with our Shou Sugi Ban deep char and sporting other finely crafted reclaimed and sustainable woods: the NEW Jewel. The project is completed and officially “home” to Phil and Rocio, who continue to generously share their Jewel and their words:

Phil and Rocio along with pups Luca and Sherlock enjoy a moment on the porch of their nearly completed NEW Jewel. We created their Shou Sugi Ban siding using sustainably harvested larch.

 

“Jonathan, et al…
As I write out the final check for Invoice #9, it seems the right moment to pen a note of appreciation for the bundle of work, energy, and creativity that we currently reside in. It is not lost on us for a moment that we discovered New Energy Works and Pioneer Millworks at a moment in time that was just right for everyone; Rocio stumbled onto the NEW website looking for a builder of ‘barn homes’ and was immediately captured by the concepts and pics displayed. Everything seemed to line up: small house, close to shop, (relatively) simple design, similar vision, seasonal timing, etc. to enable you all to pull off an amazing, wonderful, beautiful, efficient, stunning, one-of-a-kind home for us.

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