We’re not trying to say that we have anything against furniture made from new wood. Wood in general is a renewable resource, and it's very good that it's used to make furniture. However, only 10% of reclaimed wood is reused. So if we have such a large pool of renewable new wood with which we can make new furniture, why would we make the new wood look like the old wood, as opposed to actually using old wood?
Lastly, The problem also lies in technical issues. Old wood and new wood do not have that much in common.
Why is all this so important? Well, old wood not only holds a piece of history, but it is also Naturally hardened by time and weather. Since the board has already withstood rains and storms, heat and cold and nights and days, why wouldn’t you make that a feature of the table, cabinet or basin stand? New wood is good enough! Reclaimed wood...? Unlimited potential.
There is an abundance of reclaimed wood out there. Yet again, too little of it is used. Why? Why are reclaimed wood products not made or sold by large companies and chain stores?
Limited amount of material, difficulty in obtaining it. Of course. However, the main reason is very simple. It's about the profits. It sounds brutal, but it's about money.
Preparing old wood for use requires time. AND
time is money. It is the same when it comes to skills. Professionals do a good job, but they Cost a lot. In most cases, they cannot be replaced by a machine. And there are a multitude of tasks along the way that require skilled professionals: cleaning, drying, de-nailing or hand waxing. In our case, most of these processes are done entirely by hand, and that affects material processing costs. The truth is that preparing the wood for production takes as much time as the production itself.
That's the main issue; Wood obtained from the demolition of an old barn or house does not become new furniture right away. We have to prepare reclaimed wood, dry it (to remove any pests), clean it, and only then can we create from it something new, giving the wood new life. That's it in a nutshell. Of course, we carry out each process in such a way as not to destroy the years of history that gives the wood its character.
But that's another story. We simply do not like pretending that something is anything other than what it is. The truth is beautiful. Like furniture made of old wood.