The Domino Sugar factory was primarily built with steel and brick, with a finishing coat of sugar and molasses over the eras. But demolition of the building still yielded a large volume of antique Longleaf Pine, used for the sturdy industrial decking.
Following the Civil War, New York City became the biggest provider of refined sugar to the U.S. and for a period, the Domino factory in Williamsburg was the largest sugar refinery in the world. After 150 yrs of service, it closed.
Most recently, it’s housed an unlikely sugar product, an epic sized sculpture by the artist Kara Walker. Her “Marvelous Sugar Mama” is a tribute to the individuals in distant lands that harvested sugar cane and a statement about the exploitations and sacrifices that trailed the 3 million pounds of sugar that were processed each day.
The Beech tree has been a reliable barn timber through the eras, as it’s logs yielded hard and large beams. Resawn, Beech makes exceptional interior flooring and furniture stock. It’s fine reddish-white figure and interesting grain patterns, along with the character marks picked up over eras of service within agricultural structures. The tree also has a special place in the hearts of many young lovers, who have engraved their feelings for one another into its smooth grey bark.
Antique Beech from barn beams produces a stunning reclaimed figure that is often a substitute for Oak. Beech has a range of character marks within it’s light-colored honey and golden hues with hints of pink, along with natural scratch marks, some knots and sound cracks and insect tracks that provide evidence of it’s age. Our hand selected reclaimed Beech can also include a beautiful mix of hardwoods that work well together, such as Maple and Oak.
Tropical hardwoods spread throughout South Street Seaport were reclaimed by Sawkill Lumber in the first half of 2014. Ipe, Greenheart and Ekki – species from South American and West Africa are among the collection. The difficulty in sourcing woods sustainably from the world’s Rainforests add to the special quality of these ultra durable reclaimed hardwoods. Pictured above are the salvage process that stretched through the harsh winter and into the spring – and the first installation of the woods, remilled for a vanity and flooring of a Brooklyn bronwnstone.