QUINCY, MA ~ Early 1900s At one point the second-largest shipbuilding facility in the United States, the Fore River Shipyard employed tens of thousands of workers, produced hundreds of ships, and may have been the origin of the famous ‘Kilroy Was Here’ tag. In 2017, one of the last original buildings at the yard … Read More
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.
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.
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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.
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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.
PORTLAND, ME ~ 1914 We recently reclaimed hundreds of southern yellow pine wooden bleacher boards from the century-old historic Exposition Building in Portland, Maine.