Thursday, 29 October 2015

reclaim: reuse: recycle

In this world of diminishing natural resources, choosing your furniture’s material is an important one. When you opt for reclaimed rather than virgin wood, you are helping reduce deforestation. A single wood-reclaiming operation alone can help save over 9,000 40ft Douglas fir trees in a single year. Reclaimed wood products can also help save energy. For example, it take 13 times more energy to create a wood floor from new wood than it does to make reclaimed wood flooring.

Where does it come from?

Reclaimed wood comes from a variety of places from old buildings fallen to disrepair or disused factories, coalmines & railway sleepers, scaffold boards and even pulled out of rivers. Most of this wood was felled originally in the 18th and 19th centuries when loggers only cut trees that had grown to their maximum capacity.

What are the benefits?
Apart from the obvious ecological benefits, reclaimed wood is up to 40 points harder than virgin wood on the Janka scale of hardness (a measure of resistance to denting and wear).

It carries a story on its surface in the marks and stains from its previous life. No two pieces of furniture could ever be the same, each with its own unique history.

Clockwise from the top: Two ‘Stockhill’ wardrobes in reclaimed 
pine shown in different finishes; either rustic or clean: from £645
This ‘Brentwood’ bed is made locally which cuts down the product miles, 
making it even more ecological; from £745. 
Plank sideboard, with a choice of rustic handles; from £485
The ‘hairpin’ chair, made in London from reclaimed scaffold boards; £245.

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