Historic Sustainable Woods
“If it was well crafted over a hundred years ago, then we want to find it, rescue it, and give it a second life before it gets lost forever.”
- Jamie Hammel
For centuries, wood has been a primary architectural building material in much of North America. From Native long houses in the Pacific Northwest to Illinois log cabins to the saltbox homes of New England, lumber harvesting and milling has long been at the center of the American story. But over the past seventy-five years, as new architectural materials and standards have replaced traditional building methods, much of this historic building material has been neglected or demolished, replaced, and lost to the waste stream. Every day, somewhere in the United States, high-quality wooden floors, panelling, and structural elements are torn down and discarded; cast aside to make room for progress.
It is into this vast and diverse field of historical building materials that New York’s The Hudson Company goes in search of historic woods it can restore to a functional state and reinstate in new architectural applications. ‘If it was well crafted over a hundred years ago,’ says Hudson Company CEO Jamie Hammel, ‘then we want to find it, rescue it, and give it a second life before it gets lost forever. That’s what reclaiming wood is all about.’