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Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine - a brief history

Southern Wood Floors harvests buildings, not trees®

Southern Wood Floors harvests buildings, not trees®, to make Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine. The company reclaims beams and timbers of historic wood from 18th- and 19th-century buildings, and meticulously mills it for floors, walls and cabinet stock. The result is a rich, noble wood that can be as much as 200 years old. Much of the vintage material Southern Wood Floors reclaims is from structural elements of factories, mills and warehouses in New England and other northeastern states.

Harvested from Southern Longleaf pine, the wood originated in the pine forests which at one time covered much of Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. It was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries because of its strength, and was sometimes referred to as Southern hard pine. In addition to its wide application for structural elements of buildings, it was used to build railroad bridges and even ships.

Typical interior

Typical interior of a building with beams about to be harvested. These buildings, at least one hundred or more years old, will yield beams and timbers originally cut from large, Southern Longleaf pines which were at least fifty years old at the time of construction. Today, Southern Wood Floors precision mills these vintage woods reclaimed from the structural elements of centuries-old buildings into flooring and cabinet stock with a rich patina and depth of color unique to Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine.

Beams of Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine

Beams of Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine (Southern Longleaf pine) from a structure in New England are returned to Georgia to the mills of Southern Wood Floors. From this shipment, 120-year-old beams up to 44 feet in length will be precision re-milled into Antique Heart Pine tongue-and-groove flooring up to 10" wide in a range of grades, and Antique Heart Pine stock for walls, ceilings, stairs and cabinets.

Milling vintage beams into Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine

Vintage heart pine beams, some as much as 18 inches wide and over 30 feet long, are precision re-milled into Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine for floors, walls, ceilings, stairs and cabinet stock. Flooring will be graded and milled into a range of widths. Southern Wood Floors Antique Heart Pine develops a rich patina, color and depth of character unique to vintage heartwood. Not just a renewable resource, Southern Wood Floors Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine is a fully renewed resource.

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