All About Ash

Reclaimed Ash, American Gothic Sample Board

Today, I’m all about Reclaimed Ash!

 

 

We’ve got a lot of beautiful things around here. Everyday I’m surrounded by unique, gorgeous wood in a myriad of different forms with exciting, new-to-us reclaimed projects coming in every week.

 

 

 

 

 

settlers plank oak flooring

Settlers’ Plank Reclaimed Oak is a great example of  one of our most popular core products, reclaimed mostly from barns.

 

Our core product line, those items that we make time and again, consists of some of the most exceptional and storied wood species and grades you can find (reclaimed or otherwise).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Living Center Chapel Reclaimed Ash and Oak

 

While it’s hard to pick a favorite, I find that once in a while I’m struck by something.  Sometimes it’s an exclusive, limited edition item that is source specific. Sometimes it’s a new finishing technique on an old favorite. Sometimes, like today, I find myself drawn to a particular species from our core product line. I’m fascinated with its inherent beauty and also its surprising flexibility: American Gothic Reclaimed Ash.

 

eco-friendly engineered reclaimed ash
Our Reclaimed Ash has been knocking my socks off. It’s cool and modern. It’s rich and warm. It’s black and white and even blue. Ash is one of those species that can be anything you need it to be, without sacrificing its own character.

The grain pattern is somewhat pronounced and the natural tones are neutral, with a slight iridescence that makes for a stunning floor, wall, or countertop with just a coating of polyurethane or tung oil. (We sometimes say the grain pattern appears “flame-like”.)

 

 

 

reclaimed ash stains pioneer

Apply any sort of stain or color, Ash’s light, neutral color tone makes it the perfect base for a dramatic finish.

 

 

 

 

 

You can add a pigment or color, something natural or something wild, and it just shines. The grain doesn’t get lost, rather the light neutral color tone makes it the perfect base for a dramatic finish.

 

Simple and natural, or bold and colorful, I find it to be a spectacular choice for just about any project or application.

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Reclaimed in Style at Doc Magrogan’s

Kevin Vickery, our Mid-Atlantic Representative, shares a recent restaurant project from PA:

University of Pennsylvania students are excited now that Doc Magrogan’s Oyster Bar has opened in the heart of the campus. I recently had the opportunity to work with the owner of Doc’s and his team on incorporating reclaimed wood into their restaurant.

The theme for the space, as described by the owner, was “a combination of an old tavern mixed with very clean and crisp beach cottage, while maintaining a trendy feel to this upscale location”.

Our reclaimed grey barn siding was a great solution to the main bar walls. The century old barn wood provided the grey tones and lighter colors in varying widths, which instantly brings the customer impressions of a waterside cottage.

In the dining room, Doc’s team had us build railing panels from our reclaimed Indonesian Hardwoods, Trade Winds.A perfect fit for an oyster restaurant since this wood is salvaged from the shipping industry. The exterior of the wood shows all the signs of the rough sea life it endured as it crossed the Pacific Ocean: metal strapping marks, scuffs, dings, and occasional nail holes.

But Doc’s didn’t stop there.After the team at Doc’s realized what beautiful wood lies directly below the surface of the weathered exterior of the shipping hardwoods, they decided to have us construct table tops. We planed down the Trade Winds hardwood shipping stock to reveal brighter, cleaner versions of the various species with colors ranging from deep red-browns, blondes and tans, to light oranges and soft reds.

In addition to the reclaimed wood, Doc’s added many accessories such as a canoe hanging from the ceiling, old nautical pictures, and antique oars to truly accomplish the theme. My opinion: Mission Accomplished!

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Mixers & More: Black & Tan

If you follow us on Facebook, then you probably already know that we have a thing for beer. Rochester NY and the Finger Lakes Region are experiencing something of a brewing renaissance and we’ve discovered that when you’re making (or tasting) craft brews, there’s just something about doing it surrounded by reclaimed wood. The rich tones and history the wood offers can be the perfect complement.

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Don Bombace, one of our neighbors here at the Farmington NY location. Don owns a great liquor store across the street (with a HUGE New York State wine selection) but he wanted to try something a little different…

Mixers & More is Don’s latest venture where he sells all of the fun things you need for a party including growlers of great local beers and unique cheeses.

I was excited to have the opportunity to work with Don in selecting interior materials for Mixers & More. We knew we needed a reclaimed wood that was durable and casual. The goal was for the space to be fun and inviting.

Enter our reclaimed Black & Tan Oak series.

A perfect fit, in the all Tan variety, with a pleasant neutral tone and enough knots, fissures, and patina to let you know it has a history. And what an interesting history: think Thoroughbred horses and rolling Kentucky fields.

After getting the flooring in and finished, our next step was the countertops. Our craftsmen created custom solid Oak counters to coordinate with the floors using joists reclaimed from a barn, made specifically to accommodate the unique needs of the serving and sale spaces.

After getting the flooring in and finished, our next step was the countertops. Our craftsmen created custom solid Oak counters to coordinate with the floors using joists reclaimed from a barn, made specifically to accommodate the unique needs of the serving and sale spaces.

A custom sign, framed with Black & Tan, Tan tells the story of the reclaimed Oak in Mixers & More.

A custom sign, framed with Black & Tan: Tan, tells the story of the reclaimed Oak in Mixers & More.

 

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Do The Twist…

Reclaimed wood comes in all different shapes and sizes. When it arrives in our yard, our job is to craft something meaningful from those materials. In many cases, we take advantage of the natural patina of age, whether it be a weathered gray or brown, faded old paint, even old stains from wine & vinegar. But other times, the wood is re-sawn, cleaned up, re-milled and used more because of the inherent environmental benefits, with the character from previous use becoming an added visual bonus. Such is the case with these funky fixtures we’re working on in the shop:

Canopy Assembly — Normally twisted wood is a bad thing, but not in this case.

Canopy Assembly — Normally twisted wood is a bad thing, but not in this case.

The designers envisioned a flowing, segmented series of strips that would form a graceful and twisting curve. While 3-D models looked pretty cool, once our shop built the prototype, we were able to see just how amazing these would look. Made from reclaimed Oak, this will be an overhead canopy for a kiosk, with a similar concept used on the front panel.

Front Panel — Finished and ready to ship.

Front Panel — Finished and ready to ship.

The stains, nail holes, and other character marks make an impact for certain, but the design takes the front seat in these truly unique pieces. This kind of collaboration is what sets Pioneer Millworks apart – we speak design, we can understand your vision, and we work to develop solutions to make that vision come to life no matter how twisted it might be.

Stay tuned for some finished photos in the coming months — thanks for checking in.

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