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Secondhand. Salvaged. Scrap. Reclaimed wood once went by many different names and was used out of necessity; now it is extolled for its beauty and for the character and history it can bring to any space. This gorgeous new book about reclaimed wood covers everything from the history of wood in America to sourcing and design. Packed with inspirational photos of homes, furniture, and artwork that use repurposed lumber, it would make a great gift for any woodworker, builder, or designer, or anyone who appreciates natural beauty.
The first handbook on reclaimed wood, combining useful information, rich history, and design ideas
Wood reclaimed from old houses, factories, barns, water tanks, and boardwalks has become a valuable commodity, treasured for the patina that gives witness to its history. Our ancestors built well, using locally sourced lumber that expressed the culture and natural history of their region: oak and pine in the Northeast; hickory and cypress in the South; Douglas fir and redwood in the West. Reclaimed Wood: A Field Guide is the first complete visual handbook to this popular resource, covering history, culture, salvage, sources, contemporary uses (in buildings and furniture), and practical advice.
About the Author
Klaas Armster and Alan Solomon are partners at Sawkill Lumber Company, a leading Brooklyn-based supplier of reclaimed woods. The son of a mill owner/architect, Armster lives in Guilford, Connecticut. Solomon has spent a life in salvage, starting with a family scrapyard in the Boston area. He was profiled in a New Yorker article in 2008. He lives in Brooklyn.
Michel Arnaud is an internationally recognized photographer who has worked for publications such as Vogue and Architectural Digest. He is the principal photographer for more than 20 design and lifestyle books, including Design Brooklyn and Detroit. He lives in New York City. Noted architectural curator, Donald Albrecht offers his perspective in the introduction.