Luckily homeowners can still enjoy the beauty of this marvellous material today by nixing brand new wood in favour of something a little more mature and choosing a reclaimed wood table. Read on to discover the amazing journey your reclaimed wood table makes from the moment it’s felled to the moment it arrives at your door.
A Board is Born
The New Forest is still one of the UK’s largest, but 200 years ago it was the hub of a vast industry. The wood from your table was felled, transported to a workshop and planed by hand into floorboards. The raw wood boards were transported to Spitalfields, an area which was then on the outskirts of London but enjoying a building boom.
A Wooden Floor
The oak is laid in the drawing room of a grand town house and lovingly waxed. For generations families walk the floor, then the 1960s come along. Whilst many beautiful period features are ripped out and replaced with modern alternatives, your wood is covered with carpet, keeping it well protected. Eventually the home falls into disrepair and quick of the mark reclamation dealers carefully take up the floor and salvage other valuable materials.
Your wood is carefully cleaned and treated to remove centuries of grime and dirt and in some cases heat treated to strengthen it so it’s ready for the next 200 years – but it still retains the attractive patina and warm characterfulness that can only be achieved with age. It’s sold to a furniture design company who use reclaimed and recycled materials who will make it into a reclaimed wood dining table.
Whilst Mr and Mrs Jones are sitting in a traffic jam on their way to buy a cheap flatpack table from a home superstore, your delightful table is being lovingly designed and constructed by a team of dedicated professionals. Your wood is cut to size and constructed into a stunning piece of art that you can eat your dinner off! Although you’re about to get your hands on something brand new and completely unique, it will still bear the marks of its amazing history – ready for your family to make their own.
Your New Table
Wood is one of the most durable materials we have, which means when you choose a reclaimed wooden table you could be investing in a future family heirloom. It’s wonderful to fill your home with mod cons, but it’s just as important to include pieces of furniture that tell a story. So if you want a dining table that’s tactile, attractive, environmentally friendly and completely unique then choose reclaimed wood and become a part of the ‘reclamation nation’.