The History of Reclaimed Wood
Reclaimed wood is beginning to gain popularity not only because it is eco-friendly and often more affordable than what can be found in lumber yards. It is also popular because it tells a story. Every piece of wood holds onto a little bit of history – and this can be an intriguing way to share a story in a home or a restaurant.
Knowing the History
It is always a good idea to know about the history of the wood that you are bringing onto your premises. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a table, a shelf, a wall clock, or anything else. Simply know where the wood came from so that you can tell the story to anyone who wants to know about it.
For example, let’s say you are opening a southern restaurant with roots deep in the area you are in. It could be in a brand new location with new equipment and furniture, however, you could also add a lot of history into the building by choosing tables made from reclaimed wood. The wood could come from an old historic home that will help you tie in the southern roots of your restaurant – and this is when it is rewarding to know the history.
Telling the Story
You can tell the story in all sorts of exciting ways. For example, let’s say the wood came from an old home, a barn, or somewhere else. Use this for the story by creating a stamp on the table or writing up a story within the menu.
If you use the reclaimed wood within your home, be sure to know and share the story with anyone who asks. You may even be able to use the reclaimed wood from your grandparents’ homes which would allow you to pass something on through the generations. This kind of wood is stronger than any kind of wood you could possibly find in a lumber yard – and therefore you can use it however you see fit. Imagine being able to sit around the dining room table and know that it is made from wood that your ancestors lived in.
Finding the Right Wood
To make the history and the story matter, you want to make sure you find the right wood. This means asking about the wood and where it came from. Do your research so you know what you’re getting. You can even get ahead of it all. For instance, if you know a historic site is being torn down, be the one at the front of the line to ask for some of the wood so that you can reclaim it, repurpose it, and let its story live on within your restaurant or your home.
Telling a story with the wood can be exciting for you and anyone who has the pleasure of hearing the story. Plus, you’re being environmentally friendly, which is always a plus.