We locate old barns that no longer fit modern day farm operations. Respecting the workmanship put in to these pieces of American History, we dismantle these structures carefully. Trying to save as many of the precious wood product so it can be brought back to life in this age as a keepsake to the future owner.
Growing up on our Ohio farm, I spent hours in our 1860 barn dreaming of how those hand beams were made. After doing some research, I was amazed to learn the work it took to recover these Ohio first growth trees. The technique of hand hewning them into beams, which was passed down by our pioneers was used in our barn. I was so sad to see the old barn deteriorate to rubble because of the lack maintenance from our Ohio seasons.
In my twenties I purchased and remodeled the old farm house in which I was raised. The under carriage of the house was weak so I replaced it with some of the beams from that old barn.
The next 20 years I had many joys and heartaches while repairing and saving old structures. Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s farmers called for foundation, structure, roof repairs. To this day I have an inner glow when I see the buildings that I raised and replaced foundations or replace main structural beams to keep the historical landmarks alive.
In the 1990’s the old timber frame barn were impractical for modern farm operations. Farmers could build new buildings for less than the cost to repair the old timber frames. That is when I decided; out with the new and in with the old and that is when I began stepping into my next adventure in life with Ohio Valley Reclaimed Wood. The scope of work was not to save the complete structure but to purchase, dismantle and be savvy to save as many precious pieces of these 100-200 years old heirlooms as possible.
Specializing in hand hewn beams is what we enjoy most. However we mill many specialty products. It takes a lot of hard, time consuming work to retrieve these authentic barns. At the end of the day I just grin to myself thinking how intriguing it must have been for our pioneers to build them.
Our philosophy is not to be the largest reclaimed wood company. However we are the small reclaimed wood company who will deliver top quality material to architects, builders, and home owners with pride.
Our motto is reflected from our fore fathers “treat people right and you will meet new friends who will tell their friends”. That is how this company will continue to grow.
Contact us today to purchase your top quality nostalgic piece of history.
“Our reclaimed wood will bring an elegance of natural beauty to your special project that you can hand down for several generations”
I am personally looking forward to doing business with you,
President and CEO of Ohio Valley Reclaimed Wood