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.
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.
Intentionally charring wood? Though it may seem a bit unorthodox, the benefits and history of this technique show it to be a very useful surface treatment. We’ve taken the time-honored practice and modified it, wire brushing away layers, adding color tones, experimenting with species.
Pushing boundaries is a challenge our teams thrive on. Things get creative after handling thousands of board feet of over 20 reclaimed wood species in countless grades. The latest results? We’re well beyond the weathered surfaces most associated with reclaimed wood—swapping out molder blades, introducing saw techniques, and adding a bit fire. We’re bringing in pops of colors and contemporary textures to whet your creative palette.
Welcome to Raked—bringing a modern twist to our more traditional reclaimed wood. We’re milling this dimensional character on a variety of wood facades. Revealing the inner bright and clean wood which contrasts with rugged or painted surfaces, this high relief texture is yielding a crisp, graphic pattern well suited for any vertical surface.
Kissed—Swooping arcs add warmth and grace to our Saw Kissed Douglas fir. This wood becomes even more visually compelling with an artfully applied sawn texture to the original reclaimed surface. We find this makes for casual and warm paneling or flooring, across whole surfaces or highlighting details inside and out.
On Fire—Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient Japanese technique of burning wood as a preservative treatment for exterior siding. We apply this process to our sustainably harvested Larch creating a dark, slightly iridescent look that in exterior uses can change over time, depending on its exposure to the elements. The evolving look suggests the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi – a reminder of the transience and imperfection of all things.
Added Color—Bringing in color further celebrates the character that we love about reclaimed. We’re excited about the bold hues some of you have been requesting. Bright or soft, we’ve found that carefully adding color enhances the natural texture and character of reclaimed wood.
Double Up—Opaque painted boards are fun, but we can’t resist adding some texture. While a wire brush floats over the dense heart grain it whisks away the softer sapwood leaving a raised texture along with color on each plank. Knots, nail holes, other signs of previous life continue to bring their originality to this texture and color treatment.
What you can do with these new textures and finishes is limited only by imagination—we’ve created custom paneling, bar wraps, fixtures, and more for a variety of clients. Interested in pushing your design boundaries? Reach out to our Reclaimed Wood Design Experts. They’re always excited to brainstorm.