The prominent factor favoring the growth of the global market is the increasing demand for reclaimed lumbers in the building & construction industry, especially in commercial and residential constructions. As per MRFR analysis, the expenditure in the global construction industry was USD 11.2 trillion in 2019and is projected to rise at a healthy rate year-on-year, to reach USD over 14 trillion by the end of 2027.
Longleaf Lumber is New England’s antique and reclaimed lumber company, milling fine reclaimed wood salvaged from historic industrial and agricultural buildings. We produce reclaimed wood flooring, paneling, counter and tabletops, stair treads, resawn beams, mouldings, mantels, and roughsawn lumber.
We’re proud to announce that the Maine Wood Products Association (MWPA) has awarded Longleaf Lumber’s Berwick, Maine reclaimed lumber mill the annual Pine Cone Award for innovation, growth, and success in the Maine wood products manufacturing industry.
Awarded to small Maine businesses in the wood products manufacturing industry, the Pine Cone Award recognizes innovative business practices, growth, and success in Maine and beyond.
As a part of our Berwick, Maine mill facility expansion, Longleaf has recently installed a new wood-grinding system to make recycling wood waste more efficient and is constructing a new warehouse and office building. The new building is hosting a rooftop solar photovoltaic array that will help us produce a good deal of our electricity via on-site renewable generation.
We’re honored to receive the Pine Cone Award and are proud to manufacture all our products in the state of Maine. The quality of our flooring, paneling, and other millwork is a testament to the skill and hard work of our millworkers, who give 100% every hour of the day.
We’d also like to thank the federal government and USDA for helping to make our new solar panels a reality. Their REAP program encourages rural Maine businesses to practice sustainability and build enterprises that treat employees, the local community, and our environment with the care and dignity they deserve.
Mike McKinney, owner of RHAM Inc., makes it his business to seek out dilapidated barns and reclaim the wood the original builders used to construct them. (Nathan Baker/Johnson City Press)
McKinney said an oak stable door pulled from a 70-year-old barn still standing on the McKinley Road property, can be bought for 10-cents a foot, then combined with other reclaimed boards to create a table that will sell for $2,000.
Making an office space more inviting with a reclaimed lumber feature wall.
via Ezra Builders.
by: PHOTO COURTESY: CCC – Christopher Wagner’s ‘Standing Coyote’ is among 15 sculptures in ‘Solitary Gestures’ opening Jan. 13 in the Alexander Gallery.
“Solitary Gestures” showcases approximately 15 sculptural works that explore figurative and animal forms constructed of reclaimed materials such as lumber, hog skin and paint.
Wagner’s work aims to emphasize the spiritual or intellectual longings of humans. His formal depiction of both human and animal forms uses elongation of limbs and necks to convey a yearning to extend beyond ourselves.
PHOTO COURTESY: CCC – Christopher Wagner’s ‘A Standing Figure 2’ will be on display at Clackamas Community College starting in January.
“The prices New York-sourced wood is asking are astronomical,” said Vincent Kaufmann, operations manager at LV Wood, a Manhattan-based reclaimed wood retailer, whose eight employees handle 75,000 feet to 100,000 feet of wood products monthly. “I can get the exact same beams at a much more reasonable price from dealers down south,” he said. “And the supply is much more consistent.”
Selling the story in the beams.
Eco-conscious customers value the story behind a boards: where it’s from, how old it is, and what the material was used for in its original life. Bigwood handled the wood coming out of one of the first condom factories in the U.S.
“I don’t know why,” said Mr. Stopper, “But it didn’t matter what else I was selling, everybody wanted a piece of the condom factory.”
As compelling as Sandy’s “hurricane in one’s house” story might appear, its tale has yet to translate into major sales.
“When I consider the prospect for a floor having another life,” said Mr. Solomon, “For them to come out of a building and go back into a new one, it’s become like that one acorn becoming the giant tree.”
“There’s probably more environmental damage done in the dismantling and transport of reclaimed wood than there is in just re-creating a ‘reclaimed’ aesthetic with new lumber,” says Michael Clasby, managing director of Forvest, an agro-forestry consulting company that advises international investment funds. “How many of the structures you’re taking wood from are covered in asbestos or lead paint? To dismantle a building, you have to deal with remediation, and then you have to actually treat the wood.”
If it’s not so great for the environment, why is reclaimed lumber so in vogue? “It’s marketing,” says Clasby. “You get someone who sees a spread in Architectural Digest and says, ‘I want that floor and I want those beams,’ and they don’t have a budget. So they get it.”
Tim Bishop, left, of SHAC, and Clayton Prest, of Gapfiller, select a door from Pumphouse Demolition for an office made from recycled materials.
One person’s rubble might be potential material for Gap Filler’s new office.
Sustainable Habitat Challenge (SHAC) and ReGeneration Trust New Zealand are collaborating to build an office for Gap Filler in Colombo St, Sydenham, with the help of volunteers and as many recycled or sustainable materials as possible.
Gap Filler project co-ordinator Coralie Winn said she was humbled by the plan.
“It’s a very generous gesture that they are doing this for us and also teaching young people building and design skills,” she said.