We make it like they used to.
HOW COULD WE PICK JUST A FEW?
From board to board with every inch, wood organically changes in appearance, even within the same species. Because we’re constantly discovering new sources and old techniques, what you see below is a selection of the woods we work with most. And they’re just pictures, the start of a story we’d like to tell you more about.
THE MASSIE COLLECTION
THE BARISTA SERIES
Fumed (aka ‘Smoked’) wood has been exposed to ammonia gas. The ammonia reacts with the natural tannins in the wood and brings out a darker color, usually a grayish-brown. Fuming was an accidental discovery, made centuries ago in England after it was noticed that Oak boards stored in a stable had darkened from exposure to the ammonia fumes from horse urine.
Because the intensity of the reaction to the ammonia depends on the tannin content of the wood, each board reacts a little bit differently from the next. This creates color variation that can be more pronounced than if the wood were not treated or colored at all. In Europe, where fuming is a traditional technique that has been used for centuries, consumers are accustomed to this variation, but in the U.S., many people are unfamiliar with it and can be a bit surprised by how much variation can be present in the floor.
No matter how carefully the lumber is sourced, variation is inevitable. Even within a relatively small forest area, tannin content can vary dramatically, and it varies quite a bit even within the same log, depending on which portion is used.
Note that fumed/smoked Oak has a tendency to fade and amber slightly with exposure to light, similar to natural Walnut, which is a similar color. Customers who are worried about natural color change over time might consider a dark stain rather than a fumed/smoked color process, as traditional stains don’t tend to fade as much as naturally-occurring colors. Of course, the downside is that traditional stains don’t look this natural!
Many woodworkers of the Arts and Crafts era, during the times of Gustav Stickley, Greene & Greene and others, used fuming to give the Oak they used so commonly, a darker, richer look. It was fairly quick, inexpensive way to color their wood in a consistent manner that gave the wood an even better handling capability due to the depth of color penetration that was possible.
NEWLY SAWN DOMESTIC SERIES
RECLAIMED DISTRESSED FACE SERIES
RECLAIMED REMILLED SERIES
EQUESTRIAN OAK REMILLED SERIES
ANTIQUE HEART PINE SERIES
EUROPEAN WHITE OAK RENAISSANCE SERIES
WALL AND CEILING CLADDING
Reclaimed Longleaf Heart Pine Structural Beams
Structural Beams available Painted, Milled Smooth or Wire-brushed
Solid Original Face Pine or other Softwood for Mantel - Inset, Reclamation in process
Solid Original Face Oak or other Hardwood for Mantel
Hand-Hewn and Circle Sawn Beams
Solid Original Face Oak used in Ceiling Application
Re-sawn Reclaimed Oak
Vaulted Kitchen Nook Ceiling using Solid Re-sawn Oak Beams
Re-sawn Reclaimed Oak
Custom Built Timber-frame Bents using Solid Reclaimed Oak for Living Room
Reclaimed Pine 3x12
Re-used Solid Beams as Faux Collar Ties leaving Original Face
Reclaimed Hand-Hewn Beam Wraps
Hand-hewn beams re-sawn and re-assembled for Beam Wraps for Exterior Application
White Oak Beam Wraps
Lock-Mitered Beam Wraps using Live Sawn White Oak
Walnut Beam Wraps
Lock-Mitered Beam Wraps using Character Grade Walnut in Two-Story Library
Oak Barn Beams
Original Face Circlesawn Oak Beams still in Barn
Heart Pine and Antique Oak Beams
Smooth Milled Longleaf Heart Pine and Reclaimed Oak Purlins in Showroom - Assembled as Pergola