Handcrafted Reclaimed Wood Furniture
At Virgin Timber Lumber Company we carefully dismantle old houses and barns, salvage the wood, and use it to create custom-made reclaimed wood furniture, dining tables, cabinets and much more. Our reclaimed wood was originally harvested a century ago from stands of virgin timber in the mountains of West Virginia.
Made-to-Order Reclaimed Wood Furniture
Virgin Timber Lumber Company combines history, art, and green environmental practices into creating reclaimed wood furniture for the home and office. Here in southern West Virginia, abandoned homes and barns are being torn down all of the time. Rather than send all of those materials to the landfill, we have found an opportunity to save and re-use the wood.
The reclaimed wood we find in these old homes was originally milled over a hundred years ago from the mighty virgin Appalachian forest, home to American chestnut, oak, hemlock, and more. As the reclaimed wood is worked into furniture, we discover saw marks, worm holes, and more that show us the character and history hidden in these boards. Working with this beautiful reclaimed wood – which is 100% recycled – is an honor and a privilege. To do it justice, we create beautiful and enduring pieces of furniture. We are proud of what we do, and we’d love to share it with you.
We spend a great deal of effort in obtaining our reclaimed wood. It’s dirty work. It’s physically demanding and dangerous. That’s why we take such great care to design and craft furniture that will stand the test of time. It would be insane to waste all the effort on something cheaply built and disposable.
We proudly produce handcrafted heirloom quality reclaimed wood furniture and re-milled boards from 100% recycled Appalachian oak, chestnut, poplar and hemlock lumber. With characteristic tight grain, nail holes and other signs of age and use, each board and each piece of reclaimed wood furniture is unique, special and authentic.
Our goal is to produce heirloom quality reclaimed wood furniture tailored to the tastes and desires of our clients. We have some standardized offerings, but most orders are customized at least a little bit, and we regularly deliver finished products to clients in West Virginia and the surrounding states. Contact us today, and join our growing list of satisfied customers.
What is “Virgin Timber”
Prior to the colonization of North America, a vast unbroken forest extended from the Atlantic Ocean westward to the Great Plains. Living for centuries to their fullest potential, trees in this “Great Forest” reached heights of over 200 feet and measured up to 15 feet in diameter. With settlement and population growth came a steady demand for cleared land and lumber, and the demise of the Eastern forest had begun. By the end of the nineteenth century nearly all of this “inexhaustible” resource had been clear cut.
West Virginia’s rugged mountains and valleys were among the last of the original Appalachian forest to be cut, with the peak of wholesale logging taking place between 1870 and 1940. Many of those logs were milled into timber to build homes in coal towns and logging camps throughout the state. Now that some of those coal houses are abandoned, we find a particular opportunity to reclaim a very special piece of America’s heritage: lumber from the first cut of the virgin forest.
How do we get our Reclaimed Wood?
There are thousands of dilapidated historic structures built during central Appalachia’s timber boom in desperate need of removal. Too far gone to be repaired, these abandoned buildings often cause health and safety concerns for nearby residents. Most often these structures are bulldozed into a pile and hauled off to the landfill with no thought to what is being wasted. We present an alternative to this practice through deconstruction and re-use of the building materials.
Armed with hammers and crowbars, our deconstruction crews reverse the building process, starting at the roof and working down to the foundation. Each board is removed by hand, de-nailed, cleaned, sorted and stacked. We then transport the boards to our workshop in Oak Hill, where we begin the process of transforming this virgin timber into beautiful reclaimed wood furniture.