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Reclaimed Douglas Fir Timbers

Reclaimed old growth Douglas fir timbers are enormously popular with home owners, builders, and timber-framers due to their handsome appearance, robust durability and stability, well-rounded usability, and surprising cost-effectiveness. These heavy timbers represent the character of historic North American architecture, having enjoyed their first lives holding up and accenting homes, factories, barns, gymnasiums, stadiums, and other timber-framed or post and …

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Best Reclaimed Wood Products to Use in Your Next Project

When most people think of reclaimed barn wood, the first images that come to mind are weathered barn siding boards. Chances are you have seen these reused in a number of applications, from the walls of your favorite coffee shop or restaurant to your neighbors exterior siding. The popular uses are endless and people are always coming up with creative …

What is Reclaimed Wood?

At Distinguished Boards and Beams, we love reclaimed wood because it is original and soulful. Every piece is a slice of history. Homeowners love the way it looks, architects enjoy designing with it, and contractors get excited about getting creative with its installation. While we consider ourselves to be more of a boutique supplier of historic barn wood and an …

Reclaimed Log Cabins

Distinguished Boards and Beams has a revolving inventory of authentic reclaimed historic log cabins built from hand hewn logs by early American craftsmen. Incorporating one of these aesthetically rich structures into your project is a truly unique experience, as your daily life becomes linked to a genuine piece of American history. We have seen historic cabins restored as entire wings …

Common Species Found in Reclaimed Wood

Each piece of reclaimed wood that we come across at Distinguished Boards and Beams has its own unique origin story in virgin North American forests. Our wood is sourced from reclaimed 18th, 19th, and early-20th century structures throughout the United States and Canada. From massive Douglas fir timbers that originally held up factories in the Northwest to hand hewn logs …

How Barn Boards Were Historically Milled

Before sawmills, locally sourced trees were hand-hewn and hand-sawn for the construction of barns. The earliest barns were constructed of hand-hewn logs stacked horizontally, but this laborious method called for more efficient means of barn construction which led to the most common saw styles found at Distinguished Boards and Beams. Pit Sawn Barn Boards The need for more efficient and …

Hand Hewn Timbers

Distinguished Boards and Beams maintains an extensive inventory of high quality heritage hand hewn timbers that have been carefully reclaimed from historic structures throughout the United States and Canada. When given life in new homes, these hand crafted pieces of North American history create a rustic and elegant complement to modern architecture that showcases their unique beauty and character. They …

Where to Find Reclaimed Wood

As a supplier of a wide spectrum of heritage reclaimed wood products, we’re often asked, “where do you find reclaimed wood?” The short answer is, anywhere fine pieces of old growth American wood history hide, waiting to have their original patinas admired or their rich grain patterns revealed through a newly milled finish! The long answer involves a more complex network …

Barn Wood Flooring Buying Advice

Unless you are familiar with what to look for in high quality reclaimed barn wood flooring, the most important factors when buying any reclaimed wood flooring products are to purchase materials from reputable vendors that know how to properly select, kiln dry, and mill the flooring for your project. Due to the natural (and desirable) inconsistencies that barn wood flooring …

11 Reasons to Use Reclaimed Barn Wood in Your Next Project

One of the great characteristics of reclaimed barn wood is its practical usability in a variety of applications. Common uses include Craftsman enjoy working with quality reclaimed materials because they are stable, strong, and straight due to their tight old growth rings and history of natural air drying. As we will discuss in #3, reclaimed barn wood can also be …