I cannot tell you the amount of excitement I get from old used wood. Something about the the rust bleeding from nail holes that are 90 years old. The waffle marks of a misfired hammer swing made decades if not centuries ago. The tight grain of a slice of wood pulled out of its natural territory before "we" really cared about the damages of clear cutting a forest. Old growth. Just the thought of it makes my knees week and my heart start to tremble.
Years ago, I came home from working on a film project that paid me next to nothing. I was broke. I needed to come up with a Christmas present on a zero budget. I found several pieces of wood on the side of the road, and a baby crib. I built a table and sliced the baby crib in two and built chairs to go with it. The table was a hit and it really inspired me to build more. But I wanted to give building materials a chance that could very well be on their way to the dump. Hence, after years of refining... reclaimed wood has become my main instrument in creating furniture pieces.
I use every piece of wood I bring into my shop. the scrap is made into wall art, and the sawdust is turned into mulch. My carbon footprint is lookin pretty good, and I take pride in that.
I'm originally from the Midwest, and it is there that I have made friendships and ties with some really amazing people that tear down old barns. This is a process that takes great care and precaution in order to save the precious jewel of barnwood. It is by far, a superior wood to build with, and design commercial/residential spaces with. Come check out my barnwood supply in North Hollywood! I've got amazing prices that will beat out any other sources in the Los Angeles area.