As you probably already know, there is a very wide and confusing range of both material descriptions and pricing in the antique lumber market, and grading and price are very closely related. When quality, waste and service factors are fully taken into account, the real dollar difference from vendor to vendor is really quite close. As you search through the maze of companies and products, we hope that you will find a way to compare "apples to apples".
When talking with different vendors, you should feel comfortable asking for a thorough description of the material that you are considering to better inform your decision. Some of the factors to consider should include whether or not the material is truly reclaimed, as well as the milling quality and grading.
Newly sawn "old growth" lumber is not the same as reclaimed, original growth material. Some of our competitors confuse the marketplace with tricky verbiage and faux finishes. Staining and distressing newer wood are certainly design options that are more affordable, but there is no substitute for reclaimed antique lumber.
When considering milling quality, there are very few manufacturers that adhere to our high standards. We are proud to work with many repeat customers, as well as those that have come to us by referral, and we consistently strive to exceed their expectations.
Very Little Waste
Newly Felled Trees
Standing Dead Wood
Little, if any, Grading