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Salvaged Antique Heart Pine Flooring for Historic Restoration

Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a beautiful town, and the Old State Capitol there is an impressive historic structure. Sourcing lumber for flooring in historic buildings has become increasingly tricky and fraught as legitimate traditional sources become depleted or shut off. … Continue reading

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Salvaged Lumber Sole Legitimate Source of Quality Lumber

Anybody who has ever monitored the performance of currently available 2nd and third growth lumber in exterior applications knows that it is nearly useless for replacement service, developing rot quickly when used in exposed areas. Use of what standing first … Continue reading

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White Oak Lumber Salvaged from Gypsy Moth Kills

Dead Wood Lumber of Wallaceton, PA is an innovative sawmill and lumber yard specializing in oak salvaged from the massive gypsy moth infestation some decades back. In Pennsylvania, over 4 million acres were defoliated in 1990, the peak year for … Continue reading

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Sympathy With Original Historic Fabric Key to Wood Window Conservation

These 1820’s wood window sash needed an understanding friend and found one in Donnie Hayward of D. Hayward Restoration of Greenfield, MA, who prescribed a delicious and healthy sounding recipe for renewing the original exterior wood after almost two centuries … Continue reading

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Old Growth Lumber Scarcity Drives Choices for Custom Wood Turnings

The downward spiral of lumber quality caused by over harvesting of old growth forests deprives all millwork producers of premium material but none are more affected than producers of large turnings for exterior work.  Because turned architectural elements expose grain … Continue reading

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Little Known Standard Catalog is Key to Reproduction of Period Moldings 1870 – 1940

Millwork for the great majority of the historic buildings in existence today, those built between the Civil War and WWII, was produced under a nationwide distribution system more uniform and comprehensive than any in existence today.  This means that your … Continue reading

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Tales from the Blue Ox, A Hands-On Manual of Traditional Skills from the Blue Ox Millworks Historic Park

This ambitious Manual of traditional skills sets out to furnish a comprehensive technical overview of a broad spectrum of nineteenth century building and manufacturing technologies and, improbably, achieves its goal to an impressive degree.  The Blue Ox is a useful … Continue reading

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