All About The Barnwood

Blog, Inventory | Posted on: June 14, 2019

If you haven’t been in the store recently, then you have missed out on a few big batches of salvaged barnwood. Barnwood is always really popular and usually a quick seller. But fear not, we have more!

It’s not often that we get to see barn wood in this quantity. The last time we had a haul like this was a few years ago when our own deconstruction team painstakingly took apart a barn in Westmoreland county. This time we partnered with one of our Steel City Big Pour sponsors, Salvaged PGH. Salvaged are a for-profit architectural salvage and deconstruction company in Wexford, PA. They specialize in barn deconstructions and they know how to do it efficiently and quickly! In fact, they’re so good at bringing down these buildings that they often find themselves running out of room in their small store space. We are fortunate to partner together with them to bring in some beautiful wood that was reclaimed from a Bank Style Barn, built during the 1940’s in Edinboro, PA.

Example of a Pennsylvania style bank barn.

Because barns were often constructed from trees found on the surrounding property, we see a lot of variation in the width and species of these boards. One of the widest boards from this barn is 17 inches! It is very rare to find boards at this width because they could only have come from an old growth tree. This combined with the weathered patina is something only a long history could provide.

From what we can tell there is plenty of Oak and Hemlock found in this lot. Sometimes the easiest way to tell the difference is to simply pick up a piece, as the oak should be much heavier. We’ve planed a small piece to demonstrate what can be found under the years of weathering. This material could make perfect stock for any number of DIY projects. What we currently have available is priced between $6-46 for planks and $15-80 for rough hewn beams. Sizes vary. This is a shop in-store only item, so stop in and check out what’s currently in stock.

Barns are a lot of work to put up and (almost) as hard to take down. Reuse is the perfect way to pass on the long history of this lumber. Father’s Day weekend seems like a great time for a new project.

Please be sure to let us know what you’re doing with your pieces!

Karl Zellars

Retail Operations Manager