In the age before the Industrial Revolution and the advent of the sawmill that would forever change the lumber industry, beams for barns, homes and other structures were crafted by hand. Giant virgin growth timbers were felled by axes. Once on the ground, the hewing process began as craftsmen began the long laborious task of squaring up the logs using different axes.
The texture and colour of our antique beams are unlike any materials that could be sourced within New Zealand. It’s not just their visual characteristics that make them unique but many of these beams were hand-hewn over 200 years ago. We have a range of beam sizes and lengths including 10″x12″, 10″x10″, 8″x8″ and 6″x4″. Please contact Peter on 027 3799213 or email@example.com for availability and pricing.
Reclaimed Barnwood siding can be an exciting way to finish out a project as it instantly adds character and uniqueness to whatever space you choose to use it. The material has lasted the test of time and is suitable for feature walls, interior roof linings, exterior rain screens. See below for the range of stock we hold.
Pine boards left to weather in just the right direct sunlight achieve this beautiful color. There is no chemical process that can reproduce it. Uniformity is essential, so we carefully select these boards for color and consistency.
The deep brown patina of this wood is not chemically reproducible, and can only be achieved over many decades of exposure to the right combination of sunlight and air.
Whereas the exterior siding of a barn may have been replaced several times over the course of the life of a barn, these roof boards to which multiple generations of wood shingles were nailed, often date back to the original construction of the barn and so are centuries old. Their colour and patina can only be achieved by long-term exposure in the loft of the barn.
This rare combination of wear and patina has been achieved in the work area of a barn known as the threshing floor. Here farmers carried out the ancient process of threshing, beating the kernels of grain from the heads with a hand-held flail. Every nick and dent records the story of centuries of hand-labor before the industrial age made the threshing process and all of sustainable agriculture obsolete.