From the artisanal to the industrial, craftsmanship is art at its finest. And few types of craftsmanship are as beautiful – and sustainable – as reclaimed wood floors. Skilled artisans use their expertise to carefully transform salvaged wood into stunning works of flooring art, creating unique pieces that stand the test of time. With their natural patina and design flexibility, the beauty of reclaimed wood floors is undeniable. Here’s a look into how these mesmerizing works of craftsmanship are made.
The Deconstruction Process
The first step in the process of creating a reclaimed wood floor is deconstructing the raw materials. This involves carefully taking apart and disassembling any structures – such as old barns, homes, or factories – that contain usable wood. The deconstruction process requires attention to detail and an eye for quality materials, as only certain types of wood are suitable for flooring. The salvaged wood is then carefully inspected for imperfections and sorted by species and grade, before being transported to the mill.
The Millwork Process
At the mill, artisans inspect the salvaged wood for any decay or damage that could compromise its structural integrity. If it passes inspection, they move on to the milling process. Here, specialized machinery is used to plane, joint, and shape the wood into its desired size and thickness. The artisans also inspect each board for any additional imperfections that may have been missed in the deconstruction process.
The Finishing Process
Once all of the boards have been milled to perfection, they are ready for finishing. This stage involves sanding, staining, and sealing the boards. Artisans carefully select a stain that will bring out the unique characteristics of the wood, such as its grain pattern or color variation. Then they use expert methods to apply the finish and seal it with a protective coat for long-term durability.
The Installation Process
Finally, the reclaimed wood boards are ready for installation. Whether it’s a traditional pattern like herringbone or something more creative, the artisans must be precise in their measurements and cuts. This ensures that all of the boards fit together perfectly for an even and consistent look.
The final result is a beautiful work of craftsmanship – an admired reclaimed wood floor that will last for years to come. It’s a testament to the art of creating reclaimed wood floors – a craft that requires skill, expertise, and an unwavering commitment to quality. With their natural patina and stunning design flexibility, these works of art are sure to stand the test of time. Haute Plank proudly offers a comprehensive selection of hardwood flooring options including our exquisite European Reclaimed Wood Collection. Contact us today!