Actually, It's All About You
For 30 years we've been inspired by all of you to develop creative reclaimed and sustainable wood flooring, paneling, and siding. Numerous species, grades, textures, and color options for architects & designers; options that are easy for builders to install; options that have a story which homeowners and end-users can connect with; options that are good for our people & our planet.
But really, when we think of who we are, we think about you. From our past clients who have helped create some of our most popular products, to the letters from homeowners saying how much they love their floor, to the feedback from installers on how they never thought they'd say it, but they actually enjoyed working with our reclaimed wood—we're us because of you. Our community of clients have helped to build this little idea of using off-cut timber from a timber frame project into an FSC-Certified chain of custody company with bi-coastal mills, 50+ products, and over 70 co-workers who all have a hand in reclaiming more than a million board feet of wood a year. Crazy.
So thank you—because without your continued support we wouldn't be here. We wouldn't be coming to work every day, doing what we love, making radical products, and pushing the beyond the traditional reclaimed barn wood siding. If you have an idea, we want to hear it—after all we mean it when we say it's all about you.
We love all trees, but there’s nothing like the character of antique wood. Old growth trees cut over a hundred years ago offer rich patinas, intense grain, and if we’re lucky signs of its previous life including ferrous staining, bolt holes and insect tracks. By recycling wood we reduce our dependence on fresh-sawn wood and prevent the filling of landfills. In some cases, it’s only through salvaging old wood that we have species like Chestnut and Elm which were both wiped out by blights in the early parts of the 20th C.
Reclaimed wood's journey started a few hundred years ago as a seed, growing a century or more into a mature tree. It was then harvested in the 1800s or early 1900s and milled into timber, flooring, or siding for the building, barn, or factory it would serve. As these structures outlived their usefulness, they were abandoned or demolished and disposed of in landfills or burned. Fast forward to the last 30 years. Our full-time acquisitions team works across the nation to ‘rescue’ antique wood from these dilapidated structures.
Once in our 9-acre yard, the timbers or planks are labeled, digitally cataloged, and stacked until needed. Once selected, the piece is moved to our denailing station where any metal artifacts are removed by hand using metal detectors. What happens next depends on your project.
Some timbers will continue their journey as part of a new timber structure, where they remain ‘as found’, celebrating the original patina, weathered color, antique milling marks and other signs of previous life. A majority of the timbers will move on to the head saw, then the resaw where they’re milled into board stock repurposing the antique wood into paneling, flooring, fixtures, and more to be used in commercial and residential spaces.
If the wood is destined to become flooring, the “molder blanks” meet our expert molders where they’re given precision tongue and groove. The planks then go through quality control and are shipped to you.
Sustainably Harvested Fresh-Sawn Wood
Sophisticated, warm, and chic our Modern Farmhouse collection offers a twist on classically elegant species, matching function with contemporary farmhouse style. Showcasing modern flare with a more uniform appearance than its reclaimed counterpart, and available in two grades (Clean and Casual) these domestic hardwoods are sustainably sourced, most from forests which are carefully managed to strict Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) requirements. This sustainably harvested wood pairs especially well with our custom eco-friendly finishes and is available in wide widths for both flooring and paneling.
Indonesian Reclaimed Teak
We’ve searched the globe to bring you environmentally friendly and ethical teak. Available in FSC-certified© fresh-sawn and reclaimed—both display the elegance and durability teak is known for, with reclaimed maintaining the authentic beauty of 18th and 19th-century planks. We source our teak from sustainably harvested, Forest Stewardship Council© (FSC©) certified, and reclaimed sources in Indonesia. We will not purchase Burmese teak due to the genocide of its own citizens, the mistreatment of indigenous cultures, and the trashing of forests for profit in Myanmar. To fight this effort further, 1% of our Indonesian Teak sales go to The Boreno Project, who brings international attention and support to community-led efforts to defend forests, sustainable livelihoods, and human rights.
After decades of supplying the industry with reclaimed barn wood, and being very intentional to not just source our "barn wood" from barns but a variety of non-usable agricultural buildings, we re-named this popular collection American Prarie. Same look as the barn wood we all love with a different name—and a do-good attitude. We believe in saving usable barns and other ag structures that are the fabric of our country's history, so part of the proceeds from American Prairie sales go support domestic barn and historic restoration through groups like Restore Oregon, New York State Barn Coalition, and National Barn Alliance.
Reclaimed & Sustainable Engineered Wood
Can a sustainably harvested or reclaimed engineered wood floor be eco-friendly and socially responsible? We studied, researched, and developed until we created our own engineered wood products that are FSC-certified, formaldehyde-free, low-VOC, CARB2, and made right here in the USA. Available for most of our reclaimed wood and all sustainably harvested species— you can mix engineered products into your project while maintaining consistency with your solid wood choices. It comes in two thicknesses, both ready for installation on cement slabs, in basements, over radiant heat, or anywhere you need your floor to have minimal movement.
We supply quality structural and decorative timbers from both reclaimed and fresh sawn sources in a variety of species. Surface treatments include planed, sand-blasted, rough-sawn, hand-hewn, wire-brushed, and more. Antique Hand-Hewn Timbers often include mortise pockets, tenons, and peg holes, insect marks, checking and knots in addition to their original hand-hewn surfaces. Our Industrial Salvaged Timbers have a more uniform patina with band sawn, circle sawn, or planed surfaces and original bolt holes, nail holes, fastener marks, ferrous staining, checking, occasional knots, and other signs of their previous life.
With 9 acres of timbers, including more than fifty species, grades, finishes, sizes, and specialty items, we are the largest resource for reclaimed and sustainably harvested timbers. Plus, Pioneer Millworks is one of the only sources of FSC certified custom-cut Douglas fir timbers in the world. Let's talk about your timber needs.
Thanks to our sister company New Energy Works, we can even offer builders, project managers, and homeowners the opportunity to have fully assembled heavy timber trusses delivered to their site, ready for installation. Send us your plans and we'll design a set of trusses to meet the structural loads for your project. We'll then fabricate and assemble each one delivering anywhere in the country. Need a crew to set them? No problem. When required, we can send a team of experts to assist in placing trusses on your walls, whatever the wall system might be and wherever it might be located. We have a website entirely dedicated to trusses, check it out.
Reclaimed or Sustainable Tables, Counter, and Custom Fixtures
Looking for reclaimed wood tables for your restaurant, hotel, bar, or office? Need a custom counters wrap, bar top, or counter? How about the wood fixtures for your retail store? Through our woodworking shop we can take any of our materials and craft the piece you need to realize your design vision. You can call us about our table program, or take a look at our fabrication gallery to see what pieces we've done for brands around town.
Shou Sugi Ban—Charred Wood
Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient Japanese technique of burning wood as a preservative treatment for exterior siding. Pioneer Millworks most often applies a charring finish to sustainably harvested Larch, though we’re open to other species. Our grades include Deep Shar, Shallow Char, and Color Char—used most often as paneling for both interior and siding for exterior use, the char level can change over time, depending on its exposure to the elements. We treat our Shou Sugi Ban with clear or tinted finishes to help slow wear. The evolving look suggests the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi—a reminder of the transience and imperfection of all things.