“behind any design or build with wood tells a story of why it was built that way”
Most of our work is built from lumber salvaged from Waterloo County bank barns. There are a lot of similarities of design in the barns scattered across Southern Ontario. The barns that we source our material from were built into the side of a hill, or bank, like this one near St. Clements. This banked construction allowed farmers to have ground level access to the livestock below and to the drive-in floor above.
The threshing floor between the lower level and the drive-in level is where the threshing machine was located. The threshing floors are grooved and impacted from over 100 years of wear and use. Much of the character that makes our threshing floor table tops beautiful is a direct result of that use.
It is amazing how these once overlooked, scarred planks of barn wood transform into the uniquely individual, tables worthy of being any home’s centerpiece. At first glance only old cobwebs, loose straw and dirt are evident.
This enormous wooden pulley was used to lift heavy bails of hay high up into the loft so it could be stored dry and out of the way. The boards are worn smooth over time. We use this granary board for our cabinets and table bases.
The elm support beams that make up the skeleton of the barn were squared by hand, and then notched together green. Underneath the heavy whitewash are the striking broad axe marks. Each chop mark and crack gives every hand hewn elm table top a truly unique look that serves as a reminder of the back breaking work it required to build this way.
Washed, kiln dried and stacked, the reclaimed lumber is now suitable for building furniture. The re-purpose of the older growth wood begins to tell a new story that is personalized to each customer.
The finished product preserves the past but is now transformed into beautifully functional fine furniture.