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Friday, July 31, 2009

Value of Salvage Timber

The Roanoke (Va.) Times has a great article today about the demolition of the old feed mills in Roanoke. Robert Kulp of Black Dog Salvage is quoted providing a value on the reclaimed, antique timbers that are being harvested from the mill.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Architectural Salvage Philadelphia

Thanks to Joel at Oley Valley Architectural Antiques ( for alerting me to this one.

Does the Philadelphia Police Department hold any fond memories for you? Have you been searching for a 30' long curved reception desk? If so, today's your day. The Philadelphia Police Department is selling the front reception desk of their Police Administration Building. It was installed when the building was constructed in 1962. It has a slight curve and is about 30 feet in length. They are trying to sell this piece as soon as possible. The Police contact info is below.

If you want info on the desk, contact:Sgt Ray Evers Public Affairs


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Antique Hardware Auction

If you're a fan of antique hardware, then you're probably familiar with the name Web Wilson. (

Web has one of his regularly scheduled antique hardware auctions underway with some pretty cool stuff. The photo of this figural knob, courtesy of Web Wilson and Antiques Yes, is one of the items being sold.

If you're in the market to add to your antique hardware collection, or to get it started, or to just fix a door, you might want to check out the salvaged hardware and bidding at

The bidding ends in three days.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Here's a Cool Architectural Salvage Website

There's a lot of great architectural salvage and antique lumber websites out there. The email newsletters that Eric Nordstrom of Urban Remains in Chicago has been sending out have really caught my eye -- both for the professionalism of the site's photos and design, and for the very unique salvage, much of it industrial. Check them out at This photo is just one of many from their website.


Friday, July 10, 2009

Salvaged Lumber from Snowfences

Where I grew up in New Jersey, the road department would come around every fall and erect snow fences in the open farm fields bordering our rural back roads. (The snowfences pictured above are not N.J. snowfences!) The fences in N.J. were made out of very thin pieces of wood held together by wire and were about four feet tall. When the big snows and wind came, the fences would do their jobs by trapping snow and preventing it from piling up on the roads. When winter was over, the snow fences would be rolled up by hand and stored until next winter.

So, when I heard about a company ( making a variety of reclaimed wood products, including floors, from old snow fences, I was somewhat surprised, given that the snow fences I was familiar with were too flimsy to use for anything but kindling once their useful life was over. What I didn't realize was that the company was in Wyoming, and using reclaimed wood from Wyoming snowfences.

As you can see from this photo from Centennial Woods, Wyoming's snows and snowfences are MUCH larger than what I'm used to.

This is another unique example of all the various, surprising sources that exist for reclaimed and/or antique lumber. You can read more about antique lumber at

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