Wood planking was stripped from the wall of a 75-year-old barn alongside the Island Highway in Qualicum Bay by a trespasser earlier this month.— Image Credit: J.R. RARDON PHOTO
The barn apparently fell victim to a hot building trend, in which weathered and distressed wood from salvage buildings is used to build furniture, wall paneling and trendy bars and restaurants. “I get people here looking for it all the time,” said Bernie Muller of Demxx Deconstruction in Coombs. “You’ll have guys in Vancouver who pay $7 a square foot for those slabs. It’s probably more valuable than drugs.”
Source: Theft of wood from barn in Qualicum Bay: Nailed down but not safe – Parksville Qualicum News
Claude Villeneuve had barn two barn walls stolen earlier this week. (Radio-Canada)
Villeneuve estimates the thieves made off with about $2,000 worth of wood. He said he’s been approached several times by prospective buyers interested in the planks that compose the sides his barn. He had always rebuffed them, given that his farm still makes used of the barn to store hay. But now Villeneuve is considering taking down what remains of the barn to salvage the wood. “At least they left me one wall,” he said, laughing.
Source: Saguenay man has barn walls stolen. Are design trends to blame? – Montreal – CBC News
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