At Mac + Wood we specialise in making bespoke furniture from reclaimed wood. The main items our craftsmen make are tables, coffee tables, benches and stools. Reclaimed wood, however, has many, many uses. We thought it might be fun to list a few of them here.
1) The first thing that springs to mind are whisky barrels. Scottish distilleries will often reuse wooden wine vats, frequently made from American oak. Great care is taken in choosing the correct barrels to ensure it adds something to the flavour of the finished article.
2) Reclaimed timber may be reused as flooring. A lot of the time people will reuse oak or hardwoods because they add character and are hard wearing. That said, we once went into a trendy bar in London and were surprised to see old scaffold planks had been used as flooring!
3) Kitchen work surfaces can also be made of reused wood. If you’re going to go down this route, take care. Kitchen work surfaces take a lot of punishment and wooden ones have to be looked after with regular sanding and oiling. They look amazing, but they can be high maintenance.
4) Old railway sleepers make excellent borders for flower beds or vegetable patches. A quick search online will reveal huge numbers of companies selling these items and it’s no great surprise, they’re versatile, long lasting and are aesthetically pleasing.
5) We’ve saved the best until last. How about reusing some of Henry VIII’s battleships as wood panelling? Wanting to expand his naval capabilities, Henry had some of the Whychwood Forest in the Cotswolds felled for the construction of ships. He insisted, however, that on decommissioning of the ships, the timber was to be returned to the area for the benefit of the local population and some of it lives on today as panelling on the walls of a local pub.
If these examples have fired your passion for a unique piece of bespoke, reclaimed wood furniture, get in touch. Who knows, your new table may once have been part of a centuries-old battleship!