Millions of tons of wood are ripped out of the churches, libraries, pubs, hospitals and homes each year only to be disposed off in the most unscientific manner. Half of the recovered wood is burnt. Of these several million wooden pieces, over ten percent (roughly 300,000 tons) of tropical hardwood that mainly come from the old growth forests. Reclaimed wood is usually of very high quality and letting this massive quantity of wood go to waste is nothing less than a criminal offence.
Interestingly, there are several individuals and organizations that have woken up to the need of salvaging these woods. Their work includes retrieving the wood from the heaps of scrap, sorting them out and then grading them. They then sell the wood to interested buyers who want to sport the beautiful aged look in their homes. This saves felling of trees to build furniture.
Many experts are of the opinion that new wood, or wood that's acquired from a fast growing plantation usually feels and looks like plastic, more so when the wood is used for flooring purposes. There's hardly any substance to it. However, one can easily spot the difference between a floor made from new wood and reclaimed oak. The quality of reclaimed oak is much better. Besides, the wood feels denser.
These days, people buy a lot of freshly cut pinewood. They aren't allowed to dry sufficiently and are put up for sale within a few days of being cut. When the wood is wet and green like freshly cut, that can warp while drying. On the other hand, old timber seasons itself over the years and it has become just perfect for use in homes.
Reclaimed wood, especially hardwood, often has that deep rich orange color. This when polished properly can give out the color beautifully. Moreover, various types of reclaimed wood changes colors over the years and you can get wonderful depending upon where the wood was used or stored in the building. Compared to that, color of new wood is often very bland. Graded, cut to a perfect size and stripped, new wood usually lack the luster of reclaimed. Certainly not surprising that everybody's homes these days are increasingly looking similar.
If you have wood to dispose off, you can contact your local authorities. They can separate the waste timber and enable people in helping themselves. If you want to buy reclaimed wood you can visit these authorities. In several areas, there exist local initiatives for picking up salvaged wood and selling it. You can also offer all your unwanted wood to vendors dealing in such type of wood.
If on the other hand, you are on the lookout for salvaged timber, you can find such type of wood at local dealers. You can also check the classified advertisements appearing in various local newspapers for the purpose.
By using reclaimed wood you can not only create a traditional look for house, you also contribute to the preservation of the greens. And that's a noble attempt undoubtedly.