Seattle Art Museum’s Italian Room

Seattle Art Museum Italian Room With Reclaimed Chestnut Flooring

In western Washington state, the cold, rainy season is in full swing. The three-hundred year-old reclaimed wood flooring in the Seattle Art Museum’s Italian Room, however, is warm, cozy, and radiant as ever.

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The Mackintosh at the Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building

Image courtesy of The Glasgow School of Art Archives

They call it “The Mack”. In 2014, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s architectural masterpiece in Glasgow, Scotland, was badly damaged in a fire. This past year, we’ve been privileged to provide reclaimed Heart Pine beams for the restoration of the building.

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Reclaimed Wood Names: What do they mean?

Salvaged Wood at 109 Lyman Street, Holyoke, MA

Reclaimed wood comes in many shapes and sizes, and the nomenclature used to describe it can be downright confusing for first-time buyers. Often, lumber companies selling reclaimed wood use varied terms to describe their reclaimed or salvaged lumber as marketing strategies, to disguise low-quality product, as e-advertising tactics, or simply to be as accurate as possible. This blog post makes sense of many of these terms, helping you navigate the reclaimed wood market and buy what you actually want.

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Conway Barn

J&J Maggs Antiques Barn in Conway, Massachusetts

CONWAY, MA ~ 19th Century

The first-ever Massachusetts tornado to be recorded in February destroyed this 19th-century Conway barn. Although most of the barn’s structural timbers were destroyed, we were able to salvage the two-inch thick reclaimed American chestnut decking and structural floor joists. We’re sad that the barn was destroyed but we’re excited that some of its antique wood will be recycled.

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How Do I Clean My Reclaimed Wood Floor?

Reclaimed White Pine Flooring

Congratulations! You’re the lucky owner of a reclaimed wood floor. We’ll give you the good news first: Reclaimed hardwood floors will last for hundreds of years. The bad news: You’re probably the one who has to keep them clean. Luckily, maintaining a reclaimed wood floor is no different from cleaning a new wood floor. Knowing how to clean your wood floors can be broken down into two important steps: preventing initial wear and damage to your floor and cleaning the finish.

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Reclaimed Charred Wood Inspired by Shou Sugi Ban

Reclaimed Shou Sugi Ban Wood

Inspired by the colors and textures of the Japanese wood burning technique known as shou sugi ban, Longleaf Lumber is now customizing and selling charred reclaimed wood to our customers.

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Building #19 Warehouse

Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard in MA

 

HINGHAM, MA ~ 1942

Longleaf Lumber recently reclaimed large Douglas fir timbers from a World War II-era building that played a major role in the U.S. war effort. The structure, which was part of the naval shipyard in Hingham, Massachusetts, was recently razed to make way for a residential development – part of an ongoing revitalization of the old Hingham Navy Yard.

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Apollinaire Theatre Live Oak Bar

Removing Wood From Live Oak Beams For The Apollinaire Theatre Bartop

189 Winnisimmet Street once housed the Post Office and Odd Fellows Home in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Built in 1906, it was one of the few buildings in the area to survive the great Chelsea Fire of 1908, which burned 350 acres and left 15,000 people homeless. Today, 189 Winnisimmet is home to the Chelsea Theater Works and the Apollinaire Theatre Company, a year-round, award-winning professional theater. On the first floor of the building are the newly opened BlackBox and Children’s Theaters.

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Building A Reclaimed Hickory Staircase

reclaimed hickory and steel stair frame

In 2016, NS Builders was hired to renovate a condominium in Boston’s Seaport District. Part of this undertaking involved building a challenging reclaimed hickory wood and steel frame staircase.

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The Portland Expo

The Portland, Maine Exposition Building

 

PORTLAND, ME ~ 1914

We recently reclaimed hundreds of southern yellow pine wooden bleacher boards from the century-old historic Exposition Building in Portland, Maine.

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109 Lyman Street

109 Lyman Street Holyoke MA
HOLYOKE, MA ~ 1855

Originally settled as an agricultural community, Holyoke, Massachusetts soon became one of New England’s chief centers of industry. As industry developed within the United States and the 1845 railroad expansion brought more travelers through the area, interest developed in the natural formation of the river at Holyoke. With the Connecticut River being the largest in New England and the bend in the river at this location being the site of the largest drop of 57 feet, the potential for a canal system at this site and the water power it could generate became apparent.

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The Top 15 Children’s Books About Trees

Children's Picture Books About Trees

Last year, we put together a list of our favorite books about reclaimed wood. Now, it’s time to share a few of our favorite titles for younger readers. These 15 books are all age-appropriate for young children and prominently feature trees. Let us know what titles we should add to the list!

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Mass Mills

Massachusetts Mills Apartments, Lowell, MA
LOWELL, MA ~ 1911

The Picker Building was one of the last structures built as part of the Massachusetts Cotton Mills complex in Lowell, Massachusetts – birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Today, the Picker Building is one of Lowell’s final mill structures to be renovated for alternate use. The brick walls will soon contain 70 new apartment units for moderate- and low-income families.

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Walden Pond Benches

Salvaged Live Oak Bench At Walden Pond, Concord, MA

There’s a brand new visitor center at Walden Pond! The state reservation in Concord, Massachusetts began construction of this ambitious project in the spring of 2015, and a handful of the pond’s 700,000 annual visitors celebrated the grand re-opening this past September. The new building is universally accessible and includes exhibits, a bookstore, offices, meeting rooms, and public bathrooms. The newly landscaped grounds are home to massive wooden benches crafted from salvaged live oak shipbuilding timbers.

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150 State Street

150 State Street, Boston, MA
BOSTON, MA ~ 1899

170 years ago, 150 State Street was waterfront property. The address would have been located on a thriving wharf where sailing ships loaded and unloaded cargo on a long pier and merchants, tradesmen, and shoppers bustled about a lively market. Today, 150 State Street is on solid ground in the middle of Boston’s Financial District. Wood reclaimed from this building is about as ‘Boston’ as it gets.

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The Everett Smith Barn

Everett, PA Salvaged Barn

 

EVERETT, PA ~ 18th-19th Century

Like many barns, this beautiful, utilitarian building was constructed with beams from a still older barn that came before it. Resting on farm land in Everett, Pennsylvania, for well over 100 years, the Smith Barn has now been carefully dismantled and its timbers prepared for re-milling into reclaimed wood flooring.

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Pepperell Mills

Pepperell Mills Postcard

Biddeford, ME ~ 1851

The stately Pepperell Mill campus in Biddeford, Maine was once a bustling manufacturing complex producing linens, blankets, and towels. Today, the mills have been renovated to make room for apartments, businesses, and a community events space. Longleaf Lumber was lucky to reclaimed Heart Pine beams from the demolition and renovation activities at this Southern Maine landmark.

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474 Beacon Street

474 Beacon Street in Boston, MA

Boston, MA ~ 1891

Historic 474 Beacon Street has played host to high society Brahmin parties, oral surgery, and today, luxury apartments for the modern Bostonian. It’s also our latest source of reclaimed wooden joists, sawn from a surprising and unusual species of tree.

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An Unlikely Story

Reclaimed maple flooring at An Unlikely Story bookstore

Jeff Kinney runs a bookstore, coffee shop, and events space – all in the same award-winning and reclaimed wood-filled building. He is also author of the venerated Diary of a Wimpy Kid illustrated children’s book series. The entrepreneur’s Plainville, MA mixed-use project – which we are proud to have played a role in –  was a labor of love for his family from 2012-2015.

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Capo Restaurant South Boston

Capo Restaurant in South Boston Reclaimed Heart Pine Bar

Capo is a brand-spanking new Italian restaurant in the traditionally Irish-American neighborhood of South Boston. Outfitted with handsome reclaimed wood decor, this sibling to neighborhood restaurants Loco and Lincoln is home to rustic Italian and Italian-American cuisine.

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Longleaf Flooring Wins Design Award

Reclaimed maple flooring at An Unlikely Story bookstore

Longleaf Lumber’s reclaimed Factory Maple flooring has been awarded a 2016 Association of Retail Environments (ARE) prize for best retail flooring. This prestigious international award was presented to architect Bergmeyer Associates, Inc. at a March 22nd Las Vegas awards show.

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Choosing Reclaimed Wood Flooring

John Chooses Reclaimed Wood Stock for Countertops at Longleaf Lumber

One of the great things about domestic reclaimed wood is variety. As a reclaimed flooring mill, Longleaf has access to wood of the present and the past; from species that both thrive in the modern forest and are nearly extinct. A downside to this variety is the difficulty of choice. This guide helps our customers navigate the world of reclaimed wood and understand what key elements of different woods are necessary for their specific project.

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Boston Rubber Shoe Company

37 Washington Street, Melrose

Melrose, MA ~ 1900

The Boston Rubber Shoe Company once churned tens of thousands of shoes per day out of its Melrose and Malden factories. Today, the dilapidated buildings are being renovated and repurposed for housing. During the reconstruction project, Longleaf was lucky to reclaim some of the finest Heart Pine beams we’ve sawn since the 1990s.

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Renovating Y2Y Youth Shelter

Y2Y Shelter Cambridge Massachusetts

While undergraduates at Harvard, Sam Greenberg ’14 and Sarah Rosenkrantz ’14 became concerned with the lack of support for young homeless people in Cambridge, Massachusetts – and they did something about it.

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Finishing Our New Building

Longleaf Lumber, New Building, Berwick, Maine

The planets have finally aligned and our new Berwick warehouse will be in action shortly. Because winter is quickly approaching, we are working hard to get the warehouse and office building finished. The floor has just been poured, the doors and windows are in, and the frame is buttoned up.

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