Our sales pitch begins with a few scathing word about the evils of deforestation.
It ends with – “So…wanna buy some timbers?”
We are a group of tree lovers who founded a company that sells timbers, mantels, flooring, and wood furnishings. On the surface, it may reek of hypocrisy. But allow us to defend our good name. We’re Old Growth Woods and Mendota Mantels. The mission of our company is quite simple. To recycle old growth lumbers from old structures and make it available to home owners, builders, designers, artisans, and architects.
In addition, we also use it to build our own line of Mendota Mantels and Old Growth Woods furnishings.
Why reclaim antique timber? The environmental benefits are obvious. Our nation’s remaining old growth forests must be preserved. Only about 6% now remain. Recycling timber is a step in the right direction. It’s also a great way to support sustainability in your community. As a raw material, more and more people are discovering the beauty of working with this rare, aged old growth. Simply put, wood like this doesn’t grow on tress anymore. Each board is extremely dense and draws less moisture than new wood. Years of open- air aging have given it a hardness green lumber simply can’t match. Often harvested over 100 years ago, the surfaces of our wood bear rich hues, nail holes, and have been distressed by decades in the elements. But don’t get us wrong, it cleans up beautifully.
Tables made from boards reclaimed from a small Iowa Church built in 1890 become living room tables. A little bit of the church lives on in each piece. And that’s the key to our vision. A beam from a flour mill becomes a fireplace mantel. Timbers from an old barn are used to build the interior of a pub. And the fact that all of it has the story of pre-industrial America woven into its grain, makes it just a little more special. If you’d like to learn more about how to give your projects the character and charm of aged, reclaimed timbers, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Check out our inventory of raw lumber and browse through some samples of our mantels. Or call us at 651-271-7544.
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