The Winds of Change

President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”

Pioneer Millworks has done that consistently for years. Starting out as a small supplier to the timberframe industry, we’ve grown into one of the largest reclaimed wood companies in the world. We’ve moved beyond just timbers though, producing flooring, millwork, paneling, and most recently, the most eco-friendly engineered wood flooring on the market. Work with us, and you have 9 acres of yard with over 1 million board feet of stock, 45,000 sf of shop under roof, and more than 30 of the most dedicated craftspeople in the industry on your team.

It goes without saying then, that we know a thing or two about reclaimed wood. It is no wonder that Lumus Construction came to us to provide the timbers for the windmill at Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill home at Oyster Bay, NY.

The original structure was built in 1885 to pump water to a holding tank on the home’s 3rd floor. After nearly 100 years, the windmill was replaced with a pressure treated structure in the 70’s. The demise of this material after 30 years is living proof that many modern chemical treatments can’t stand the test of time the way a natural product such as our Heart Pine does.

Once complete, we’ll post some photos here to show off the beautiful materials, which were reclaimed from the US Leather Company in Elizabeth, NJ. It is some of the nicest looking timber we’ve seen in ten years – and we can’t think of a better place for it to stand for another hundred.

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2 thoughts on “The Winds of Change

  1. Any photos of the “new” windmill?

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