SALVAGELAND

While inherently difficult and laborious, the process of salvaging old wood delivers a unique quality of timber that cannot be replicated.

Replete with the scratches, nicks, and marks that are hallmarks of the passage of time, the surface patina of old wood is often richly textured too, with the natural accumulation of dust, grease, moisture and other ambient conditions through which it has endured.

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Old buildings in England were once erected with the heady fervour of an empire in the ascendant. Generously proportioned structures were built using large sections of wood as joists and beams. Cleats and joints were fashioned into them as part of an overall structure which stood for over a hundred years. Today, many of these buildings are being demolished, as properties are redeveloped, and unless salvaged, these handsome hunks of timber are relegated to the scrap yard or go into landfill. Instead, we reclaim it as genuine English reclaimed timber. Salvaged, sorted, loaded, de-nailed and refashioned into storied pieces of furniture, with careful attention paid to retaining the hard-won surface characteristics.

Good timbers weather well the world over. Our Genuine English reclaimed timbers are complemented by other timber pieces reclaimed and salvaged from the scrap heap, all in the name of preserving the lovely surface textures of this noble material, to give it a second life.

Over one hundred years ago, large trees were felled in forests all over the UK, in order to source timbers for construction.

Many old Buildings – this was a hospital – are now being demolished to make way for more modern developments. The frames of these structures are a treasure trove of valuable timbers.

Careful inspection before demolition ensures that valuable timber sections can be identified and recovered.

After demolition, prize pieces must be carefully extracted by hand.

Timbers are roughly sorted into suitable piles for further processing.

Especially large pieces are worthy of inspection, with consideration given to their subsequent use before time and effort is invested in shipping these pieces to workshops for further work.

Suitable sections with a common use are bundled for shipping to workshops.