What is Reclaimed Wood

Here at Olde Wood Accents, everything we do starts with reclaimed wood. In case you don’t understand what that means, let’s answer the question:
What is reclaimed wood?

Reclaimed wood is lumber that’s gathered from abandoned structures like warehouses and barns. This kind of material is often distressed, meaning it has a well-worn “antique” look. This is due to the wood absorbing the years of wear and use that it has gone through. As a result, the wood will have unique characteristics like nail holes, saw marks, and other rustic features!

Why Use Reclaimed Wood?

Reclaimed wood is not only limited to antique buildings and barns. It can also come from shipyards, bridges, or any deconstructed building. Using repurposed wood is an excellent way to support sustainability. This is because this method doesn’t need more trees to be cut down for material.


In addition to being great for conservation, it also is an excellent way to preserve history. Each piece of reclaimed lumber has a story behind it, some dating back to the early days of the United States! Being able to bring that history into your home and continue that story is a wonderful thing.

Reclaimed wood also comes in a variety of different species, allowing for a unique look that is unmatched by new wood.  It also has a unique character and patina, which helps keep the past alive. Not to mention, each piece is one of a kind, which makes it a great choice for a unique design or project.

Reclaimed wood not only looks beautiful, but it is also incredibly strong and durable. Because the reclaimed wood has already been exposed to a variety of elements such as rain, snow, wind, and extreme temperatures for an extended period of time; it is more resistant to rotting and insects than new lumber.  Additionally, reclaimed wood is also often more stable than new lumber as it has already been dried and processed.

In Conclusion

As you can see reclaimed wood is a great option for those wanting something unique, strong, and sustainable.  We highly recommend utilizing reclaimed wood over new  lumber for your next project.  Not only is it more eco-friendly and durable, but it will also provide a unique look that cannot be achieved with new lumber.

And if you’re in the market, just know that at Olde Wood Accents, we are passionate about reclaiming wood to create beautiful items that can be enjoyed for years to come. We specialize in sourcing the finest reclaimed wood to craft home accents that are beautiful, sustainable and full of character. Our team is passionate about creating custom pieces that help bring your home together, while also preserving the environment and history.