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Old Wood Rookie

Hello Antique Lumber Aficionados!

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is “OLD WOOD Rookie”   and I am a mother of three young children with a background in office management and childcare. My passions are baking and learning new things.

Wondering what that has to do with Antique Lumber?  Not a thing, it’s all new to me, and so begins my first blog and your invitation to join me weekly in my inauguration to all things barn and old wood.

Like most people, when I see a piece of furniture built from salvaged barn boards or a mantel made out of a barn beam, I am always captivated by its raw beauty.

Every time I drive by an old barn standing in a field, my mind wonders to think how long it’s been there?  was it built by hand – or “hand-hewn” as they are referred to? , is it still functioning as a barn?

And while I appreciate the character and history of an old barn -none of this prepared me for the journey I am taking with Julie & Shane Asselin and Canadian Antique Lumber.

I was awe struck the first time I watched a video a barn being dropped (please visit the PROCESS page of our website to watch for yourself!!)  , how with the push of one beam the entire building collapses to the ground in a split second, it’s truly amazing. Then piece by piece, the wood is salvaged and loaded onto trailers – ready to start a new journey and be enjoyed in a new purpose.

Over the next few months I am going to keep you updated on the current events of Canadian Antique Lumber;   where we are working and all the interesting barns, pioneer log cabins and old buildings we are salvaging.

I welcome you to please feel free to add your comments and pictures of barns you see in your travels and maybe even the ones you grew up working in. Or like myself, your great memories as a kid playing in your cousin’s barn loft and jumping into the bales of hay.

I am happy to have you join me on this new and exciting adventure in the world of antique wood and beautiful old barns.

I look forward to hearing and seeing your “barn” stories and photos.

(please send them to canadianantiquelumber@rogers.com)

Thank you for taking the time to join us,

Old Wood Rookie

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Enjoy for Another Hundred Years

Canadian Antique Lumber Company is committed to advocating the reuse of recycled barn wood materials. These materials are sourced from unwanted century old barns which have outlived their usefulness and are no longer suitable for contemporary use, or are on the verge of collapse.

With the help of our sister company S&J Barn Demolition we carefully disassemble these buildings, removing all salvageable boards and beams - the materials are then carefully inspected and visually denailed, trimmed and stored.

It’s more than lumber. It’s a story from our past.

Reusing antique lumber is an environmentally responsible way to minimize our individual carbon footprint. By recycling old barns less garbage wood ends up in our landfills - recycled lumber requires less processing and reduces the demand for new raw materials. Reclaimed wood is a sustainable product, it helps save our planet by conserving natural resources.

It pleases us to know, that the buildings of our early Canadian forefathers, will live for another hundred years, and be enjoyed in equally as many places