This Lower East Side gallery installed an original surface reclaimed barn wood floor in the office space, keeping it natural- unfinished and without removing open knots or color variations. Designed by Labo architects. Installation by Bernard Gallagher.


Sawkill Lumber joined with Menck Windows at the North American Passive House Conference 2016. The intersection of reclaimed woods – a certifiable ‘passive’ forest product – and energy efficient windows, was a triple-pane window made with reclaimed Redwood (salvaged from dismantled vinegar tanks), supplied by Sawkill Lumber and manufactured at the Menck Windows facility in the U.S.; just three hrs north of NYC in Chicopee, MA. Thanks to Menck for their leap into the process and putting the salvaged wood through their state-of-the-art milling equipment. Their acceptance of what’s otherwise a clear ‘defect’ in the wood was certainly stretched on this one. A remarkably technical, beautiful and uber-sustainable window emerged. The first one was installed at a Brooklyn passive house on the opening day of the conference.

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.


imageSome beautiful new CNC signage work by Brooklyn Woods – over reclaimed wood flooring from submerged and recovered Pine logs.

1 - Metal detection
The same goal as airport security - find and remove hazardous metal. Old nails break during removal, with tips of iron remaining lodged within these 1" x 4" boards.
2 - Hammer and Chisel
Here, Kalimba chisels out the surrounding wood to expose the lodged nail.
3 - The Nail Puller
Removing the exposed sub-surface nails with the Crescent nail puller, a long standing tool of the trade. The boards hope to be re-used as part of the 158 Clifton Pl. Passive House project.
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