HHI Board Whisperer: Barn Siding

Making reclaimed flooring is difficult and not for amateurs. The skills required are, in part, curator, board whisperer, historian, vintner, and of course, experienced master woodworker.

The customization of our vintage boards starts with your vision. Heppner Hardwoods woodworkers will re purpose them into flooring, paneling, table tops or architectural millwork from salvaged buildings:

  • Barn Siding
  •  Band Sawn or Hand Hewn Sleeper Beams
  •  Circle Sawn or Hand Hewn Ceiling Beams
  •  Old Boards
  •  Trusses
  • Cooperages and Brewing Warehouses

Barn Siding is most often used for crafting flooring and paneling.  It is available in gray board, brown board, clean planed or circle sawn and or painted wood siding.  We offer a range of uniquely weathered painted barn boards that vary from solid red to flaky red paint.  The appearance of the exterior planks (gray board) will vary according to where the barn was harvested.  As an example, if the out building or cabin was in the lee side of the Smoky Mountains, the descending wind would be milder than the ascending wind off the plateau and as a result siding from that region will have less of a gray washboard and weathered appearance.

The interior side of the planks will yield what we call “brown board” and manifests less of the ravages left by years of wind. But, no matter how rustic and  antique the boards are, with Heppner Hardwoods custom selection process, the client can decide on how deep and how many distinctions caused by weather, insect tracks, nail holes and cracking to keep in the floor. The most common species from barn siding are White Oak, Red Oak and Hickory. Usually the several species are mixed.  When practical, we can separate the species in order to provide a monolithic floor should you desire.  However, in order to ascertain the specie, it would require machine planing off the antique characteristics that is evidence of a 100 years of winters and summers.  But, with Heppner Hardwoods as your master woodworker that can be done, it is an individual  choice.

Moreover, since each and every project is custom and tailored to specifications, you can participate in its creation up to the time it goes into production at our factory in Azusa CA.  Samples and or high resolution pictures are available.

 Pre-finishing, add the supreme refinement; may we suggest HH-303 or HH-305.

  • Offered in solid ¾” or engineered ⅝” or ¾”
  • Widths are as available 4”-12”
  • Offered pre-finished, custom colors or natural
  • All products are kiln dried and fumigated.

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Engineered platform is Baltic Birch, NAUF exterior glue rated FSC plywood. Reclaimed products may qualify for LEED MR4. FSC plywood now qualifies for LEED points.

Look for the next board whisperer segment: Reclaimed Sleeper Beams

 overview of all timbers


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