As it's turned out, we've been on a bit of a barn wood kick lately. Not by our own choice necessarily, but because a series of recent clients have wanted reclaimed barn wood incorporated into their designs. From accent walls in private residences to decking out an entire Frontenac restaurant to coffee tables, barn wood has definitely been a common material for us over the past few weeks.
While we're not strangers to barn wood or reclaimed lumber in general, we'd always treated projects calling for those materials as one-offs, and would use reclaimed material, which is sometimes more difficult to find locally than one might think, that was readily available from whoever had it. We didn't market ourselves as barn wood installers, nor did we really do a good job of having anything to present to prospective clients, other than pictures of past jobs, of what he could offer them in terms of material or what the material might look like after machining.
Until now. With the frequency of our barn wood projects increasing, it was time to step up our game. We located a supplier with an amazing selection (and wholesale prices!), and on a recent trip there the supplier was nice enough to give me a handful of samples that I assembled into a sample board that I can now take to clients to let them see firsthand what they're getting into with the barn wood.
It's not a giant accomplishment by any means, but I'm kind of excited about having a new marketing tool to help generate future business with reclaimed lumber.