In my various endeavors to round up reclaimed wood, I meet a lot of interesting people. Sometimes those people are one-and-dones, and other times those people become business associates, or colleagues with whom I can exchange ideas, information and resources.
Given the nature of the reclaimed wood world, while there are certainly top-flight vendors and distributors of high-end, milled-and-ready-to-use reclaimed lumber, to come up with some truly decent and relatively affordable stuff, more times than not - outside of rolling the dice on craigslist - one has to know somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody. It's sort of an underground, grassroots type of industry for anybody not wanting to pay something like $14/board foot just to purchase reclaimed lumber.
Recently, I was fortunate enough meet one of those people, a guy who knows some guys who know some guys and making a long story short, I am now able to include reclaimed wood flooring procurement and installation as a service we offer.
The wood is salvaged from barns across the country, kiln-dried, and milled to include the traditional tongues and grooves through which the flooring is installed. The milling process includes skip-planing the lumber, which creates a surface that is relatively smooth yet full of character. The wood species in a box of flooring is typically mixed, although the usual suspects - oak, walnut, elm, etc. - are prevalent.
The reclaimed wood flooring gets installed like just about any other type of unfinished wood floor, in that it gets nailed or stapled down and then undergoes some combination of sanding and finishing (could be a polyurethane finish, could be an oil finish) depending on the desired look and feel.
I'm pretty excited about this new product we're able to offer, and should anybody want a sample, let me know!