Casual Comfort in the Pacific Northwest

We can’t get enough of the pictures our clients share with us when their work is completed!

Recently we received some images from homeowners outside of Seattle, WA. The home, nestled in a wooded setting included existing rugged timbers and Ross worked with them to find a product that would complement the space and their comfortable style. Enter our Settlers’ Plank Mixed Hardwoods.

One of our most popular products, the Mixed Hardwoods Settlers' Plank works well with a wide variety of spaces and aesthetics.

One of our most popular products, the Mixed Hardwoods Settlers’ Plank works well with a wide variety of spaces and aesthetics.

The varied colors and textures combine to create a floor that is durable, forgiving and not too fussy. It’s a perfect fit with a combination of vintage and modern accessories. Often we see this floor finished with a penetrating Tung Oil, but here the owner opted for a water-based polyurethane, keeping the color tones lighter and cooler- truer to the unfinished look of the material. It’s a great choice.

The flooring flows throughout the main living space of the home, unifying the various areas of the large open space and on into the office where it is again paired with cool paint tones, warm wood and bright white accents.

One of the great things about a Mixed Hardwood floor is that it goes with everything. Here it is paired with a stained Oak desk top as well as painted cabinetry and trim elements.

One of the great things about a Mixed Hardwood floor is that it goes with everything. Here it is paired with a stained Oak desk top as well as painted cabinetry and trim elements.

The timber elements were existing in the home (though they look like they could have come straight form our yard) and are complemented by they textural variation in the flooring.

The timber elements were existing in the home (though they look like they could have come straight form our yard) and are complemented by they textural variation in the flooring.

 

Our homeowners let us know that they “absolutely love how the floors turned out and get tons of compliments.”

Which is the best compliment that we can get!

 

 

 

 

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Reclaimed Wine Vat Oak Flooring – Ready to ship!

settlers plank oak with wine vat staves flooring

Reclaimed wine vat oak was mixed with our Settlers’ Plank grade to create this special flooring.

We follow a “made-to-order” philosophy of production. When you place an order for any of our floors or other products, we will generally mill the material just for you, allowing you flexibility in your specifications. Do you need a specific width that is outside of our typical range? A different thickness or alternate milling profile?  What about a custom finish? Your needs dictate the product that we create.

Because of this it’s rare that we have leftovers or material on hand and ready to ship.

settlers plank flooring oak with wine vat staves

This floor is pretty much the reclaimed wood trifecta: a unique and desirable source and story, amazing character and quarter sawn boards, and a prefinish to allow for a fast install process.

Once in a while, through various unusual circumstances, we end up with something in our stock that is ready to go if you need something right away…

This reclaimed Settlers’ Plank Oak floor is truly a gem.  The 3” wide planks were salvaged from Oak wine vats here in upstate NY.  There is wonderful deep, dark staining from the wine running through many of the boards.  There is also a very high percentage of quarter sawn material, with bold, stunning ray fleck running through the pieces.  And it’s pre-finished with a rich, warm, three coat tung oil finish (an all botanical product that we buy from a great manufacturer in Vermont – more on that in a later post).

wine vat oak flooring

Occasionally we have “extra” square footage from a custom milled floor. 125 sq ft of this mixture of wine vat oak and our Settlers’ Plank grade is ready to go today.

 

We have 125 sf available to ship right away.  Give us a call to talk about the details…

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Just in time for Thanksgiving…

For the past couple of months I’ve been working with a residential client on her sun-room addition. We started talking about rustic flooring, then moved on to paneling, trim and mantles for a two sided fireplace. By the time the details were worked out and measurements settled, the time frame for the project had become quite tight.

Thankfully, between our large volume of timber stock and the greatest team of dedicated craftsmen in the industry, we’ve now got the client’s order milled, finished, packed, and ready to go. It will deliver to her home today, just before our shop closes for the long holiday weekend.

These long planks of custom milled bead board (center and left) are waiting for their final coat of Tung Oil to be applied. The American Gothic grade was selected for the walls to complement the texture and character of the Settlers’ Plank flooring (right of image).

I was lucky to grab a few pictures of this gorgeous Settlers’ Plank Oak and custom milled American Gothic Oak bead board while our guys were busy hand-applying the tung oil finish.  The warmth, richness and character is undeniable.

Our Settlers’ Plank Oak is perfectly suited for a natural Tung Oil finish. The depth of color is enhanced by this matte, penetrating finish.

Hopefully when the project is complete, we’ll get some pictures from the client so we can share the final results.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

PS: If you still have a craving for good food, check out CBS Sunday Morning from last weekend. Throughout the feature you can see our reclaimed redwood wine vat stock, sourced from local NY wineries, and crafted into the counter tops, shelving, and fixtures for a popular yogurt company.

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21 Million Board Feet Salvaged (and counting!)

I was watching a documentary over the weekend about plastic and waste. Among the many eye-opening pieces of information in the film, there was a discussion about recycling and how much of the material that we think is recyclable or is being recycled ends up in the waste stream, or worse – in our natural environment. I consider myself to be pretty educated about these kinds of things, but it really made me consider the waste I make that doesn’t go away. As I was watching images of plastic scraps swirling in the Pacific Ocean, it got me thinking about what we do here every day and the fact that I can see exactly what happens to the wood products that we reclaim. It all starts at the very beginning of our process: when we reclaim material from an old barn or industrial demolition site it instantly prevents a large volume of wood from heading to the landfill.

This exotic Indonesian hardwood blend is a perfect example of what can be created with the rough, as-found faces of recycled wood. Here spaces are divided and texture is created by these walls of a popular coffee shop.

The character in our reclaimed wood floors and other products is not only part of their beauty, but it also allows us to maximize our use and minimize our waste. Our wide plank floors come from large agricultural and industrial timbers, the mid-sized planks come from smaller items, or those pieces with damaged edges that can’t be saved. Our rustic flooring grades make use of the original faces and saw marks that history has provided, celebrating this patina rather than throwing it away.

Our Dust Collector pulls the sawdust from the shop and chipper so it can be sent for processing into pellets.

And with the waste – the broken ends, the boards with knotholes that are too big to salvage or the dry-rot we find when we cut in to something – we fire our clean burning, high efficiency boilers, we power the kiln that dries our wood and we heat our offices. The sawdust and small scraps are ground down and sent to become the compressed pellets used in pellet stoves.  Even the metal scraps our de-nailers remove from every piece of wood are recycled.

All metal must be removed from our wood prior to any other processing. These old nails, nuts and bolts are also sent for recycling.

So while I slowly work to try to minimize my own dependence on the disposable, I’m thrilled to look around every day and know that we are taking care to account for the waste that we generate and ensuring that we’re not contributing to a landfill or litter.
We’re pretty proud of it- 21 Million board feet (and counting)!

 

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