Having a reclaimed wood table top custom built helps you help the environment. Reclaimed wood, also called salvaged wood, is usually stronger than new wood because it was harvested from old growth trees. Its natural flaws and the distressed appearance created by time make it uniquely attractive. One of the most important aspects of using reclaimed wood in custom home furnishings is the fact that it reduces waste and carbon emissions and keeps beautiful wood from ending up in a landfill.
The Origins of Our Reclaimed Wood
Reclaimed wood comes from trees up to 500 years old in untouched forests. Most of the wood we use to make a reclaimed wood tabletop isn’t quite that old, but it came from old growth trees that was cut down by hand with an ax. Old trees were harvested to build cabins, barns, houses and businesses. When old structures are abandoned or renovated, we salvage as much wood as possible to use in creating everything from a custom reclaimed wood table top to countertops.
Salvaging wood is also salvaging history. The wood we use to build your reclaimed wood table top may have come from a brewery or an old boat. When you commission custom reclaimed wood furniture from us, you get a work of art created by dedicated craftspeople, and you preserve a little piece of history.
How is Reclaimed Wood Important to the Environment?
Choosing a reclaimed wood table top prevents that gorgeous old wood from being thrown away and preserves new wood for more suitable projects. Why have new wood finished to appear distressed when we have beautiful naturally distressed wood in stock? We have weathered and rustic wood to suit every home style.
Salvaging previously used wood reduces the fossil fuel emissions that result from cutting down and transporting trees. Using reclaimed wood is one of the many aspects of upcycling. We strive for as little waste as possible in our business model. Building a reclaimed wood table top or counter top enables us to rescue irreplaceable historic wood and gives our craftspeople an opportunity to work with high quality, unique hardwoods.
What Species of Reclaimed Wood Are Commonly Available?
Our stock of reclaimed wood varies from day to day. If you want a specific wood for your reclaimed wood table top and we don’t have it in stock, we can track it down. Commonly available salvaged hardwoods are chestnut, pine and oak. Each has unique attributes that make it appropriate for a wide variety of projects. You can view some of our reclaimed wood tabletops under the Projects by Wood Species tab.
Our design and woodworking teams truly enjoy finding ways to use reclaimed wood for your home furnishing needs. Call Maryland Wood Countertops today at 443-840-7373 to learn more about how using reclaimed wood can become part of your green lifestyle.