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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Something Old: Timbers

By the beginning of 2009 we were rolling. Tom Healy had started to send us drawings for a timber frame for our two story "tower" adding a half loft over the living area. We really wanted to use as much reclaimed and recycled material as possible as part of our project. Duluth Timbers, based in (you guessed it) Duluth MN but in the business of buying and reselling deconstructed timber from all over North America had some recycled Douglas Fir. We had seen this in a few homes and really appreciated the look of the wood: golden-red, rich, beautifully grained and smells wonderful.

We gave Tom the go-ahead and we were the proud owners of giant reclaimed Douglas Fir timbers, from Fircrest Academy in Seattle, the Port of Portland docks, and from the Olympic Fish Company, at the mouth of the Skagit River. How cool is that?

Port of Portland

Here are some shots of the timbers at the salvage yard in Seattle, and on arrival at Tom's workshop in Whitefish, Montana.

Doesn't look like much now... but wait 'til you see them later!

They also needed to be searched for errant chunks of metal and de-nailed. Tom was kind enough to save some of this interesting junk for us... we haven't figured out what to do with it yet but we think it looks funky.
Travis at work with the metal detector....brrr...

Tom began milling the timbers to the proper size and these wondrous oblong amber gems began to emerge. There was enough wood from the trimmings that we hope to be using that for our interior window and door trim, cabinets and kitchen floor!

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