Archive for May, 2016

Bernard Gallagher
Trimming antique Longleaf Pine for the start row. Longleaf gets its name from the 4"+ needles that hang from the towering trees. Only 3% of the original forests - once among the richest ecosystems on the continent - remain.
Wide Plank and (almost) free of knots
Longleaf Pine has a striking uneven grain pattern and a Janka hardness rating that is comparable to Red Oak.
Row house parlor
Longleaf Pine was a common choice for 19th c. row houses - though used in a narrower vertical grain pattern that was sometimes called 'Comb Grade". The woods really picked up volume in the city after the Civil War when Northern timber companies made huge investments in virgin Southern Pine forests, which held an ideal storehouse of timber for the industrial revolution.

Sawkill sponsored “Rocking PacMan” by Louis Lim was awarded Best of Show at Bklyn Designs 2016. A backwards see-saw made from 400 pcs of reclaimed distillery Oak; it will now roll into the ICFF. It was nominated for an NYC X Design award, announced this evening at MOMA.

“Rocking PacMan is a bench about trust, balance and opposition,” says Lim. “It’s best described as a ‘love seat see-saw”; it requires at least two people to activate it; sitting on opposing ends, rocking each other back and forth as on a rocking chair, while stopping one’s partner with their feet.” “Through Lim’s backwards see-saw”, says Alan Solomon of Sawkill Lumber, “the salvaged material culture of a lost structure is renewed by contemporary design. “He stretches the limits of reclaimed wood,” says Klaas Armster, “It’s reclaimed, not rustic.”

It’s set against a backdrop of salvaged and re-manufactured woods from the Sawkill collection; each from a specific site: Potato farms and 19th c. industrial buildings, sunken river logs and pickle tanks, Bowling alleys and Japanese cargo crates, the Domino Sugar Factory and Coney Island Boardwalk.