About Hand-Hewn Beams

Before the proliferation of the sawmill, hand-hewing was the long, hard road to a square structural timber.  As American settlers pushed westward into previously unoccupied forested territory, they cleared land for homes and early agricultural buildings.  The process, although time-consuming and labor-intensive, was necessary, as sawmills were often too far from their settled plots of … Read More

DIY: Reclaimed Walnut Headboard

Longleaf Lumber employee Broc Harzinski built this one-of-a-kind headboard using reclaimed walnut.  Broc hand-selected his reclaimed wood from our Motley Walnut special, using it for the darker tones and the contrast delivered by slight sapwood content.  The special skip-planed walnut boards were milled by Longleaf as flooring, so the boards were surfaced and cut with … Read More

Slow Growth & Fast Food

This East Harlem fast food restaurant re-thinks sustainability by building with recycled woods and becoming the first LEED gold certified restaurant in New York City.

Salvaged Redwood Slab Table

  It’s been amazing to watch customers turn our salvaged redwood slabs into tables, bars, counters, and other incredible pieces of furniture.  Michael Landberg from Landberg Designs is one such customer.  Working on a commission referred to him by local Cambridge furniture store Reside, Michael left our warehouse with a raw redwood slab, which he … Read More

Quincy Masonic Temple

Quincy, MA ~ 1926 Designed by well-known Boston architects J. Williams Beal & Sons, construction of this Masonic temple was completed in 1926.

Osterburg Barn

Osterburg, PA ~ 1855 This barn in Osterburg, Pennsylvania, yielded top-notch hand-hewn oak beams and beautiful white pine board stock.

Troy Cold Storage

TROY, NY  Back before bovine growth hormones and factory chicken farms, dairy products were brought in from family farms and consolidated in places like the Troy Cold Storage building.  Built in the early 1900s, this building abutted Troy’s legendary bell foundries, one of which remains directly adjacent to this site. Long a visual landmark from … Read More

Battery Wharf

Boston, MA ~ 1646 *  The North Battery of Boston Harbor was built by Major-General John Leverett in 1646 at the bottom of Copp’s Hill at Merry’s Point. We now know the location as Battery Wharf. This battery was built from timbers and filled with earth. A strategic point of defense, it covered both the … Read More

Hatfield Tobacco Barn

HATFIELD, MA  Long ago, in the days before we knew better, tobacco was a principal crop in the Connecticut River Valley.  The rich alluvial soil was ideal, and farmers planted the big leaf from Bennington to Hartford.  Tobacco barns are still a common sight throughout the valley.  Longleaf Lumber recently purchased the wood from several … Read More

Baker’s Chocolate

MILTON, MA ~ 1870  The recent sale of the Milton storage house for Baker’s Chocolate, a building on the National Historic Register, resulted in a win-win for the site’s new developer and Longleaf Lumber.  Altering the outside of an historic structure is not allowed once historic status has been bestowed upon a building, but interior … Read More