All wood is cut from 19th century heart pine beams. These are the bottom sections of 250 - 350 year old trees. Knots and defects are almost non-existent. Our lumber is the best of the best.
It doesn't get any better than this.
Why you ask? In this lot of beams, the tightness of the growth rings is about 30 per inch. Each ring represents one-year growth of the tree. When 30 rings fit into an inch, that's referred to as slow growth. When the beams or boards are 25' long x 15" wide, that's referred to as 1st generation, slow growth wood and equals about 450 years. New pine (3rd generation) harvested today is the equivalent of being on steroids. It has about 5 rings per inch. New pine is a softer, more yellow wood. Old growth is tight. It's also harder than just about any wood you can buy today. In most cases, it's so hard that high heels don't dig into it and termites can't eat it.
Antique heart of pine beams from an 1889 cotton mill.
This lot of about 90 beams measures about 15 inches high x 13 inches wide x 25' long and has about 30 growth rings per inch.
This batch of beams from the cotton mill when cut into wide plank flooring sells between $15 and $20 per board foot depending on the width.
It comes in widths up to 15" wide and lengths of 25' long. Available with or without a tung & groove.
Antique wood is one of the most natural, beautiful things that exists. Every board is original and tells a story. The ones we are going offering represent over 450 years of slow growth and will never be made again.
Because of the way that wood is grown and harvested today, unless you find an old first growth tree, this vintage of old growth wood will be the only place you can find 30 life rings of growth in one inch of wood and 450 years in a 15 inch wide board. Today's pine is grown and harvested with about 5 to 7 growth rings per inch and cut every 5 years or so. It's a softer, yellower narrow board.
Our Antique Heart Pine beams have that have been preserved in a dry cotton mill for over 100 years. It's similar to a $14 bottle of wine or a $250 bottle. One's mass produced for the general public at a low price, the other, well you know the story.