Reclaimed wood is often characterized by it’s randomness. Every historical source is like a new forest type, each lot is subject to different conditions over time and all orders are custom specified. One common ground – they all produce “waste” off-cuts. Sometimes, this by product of an order is an exceptional product in itself. The outer skins of an aged beam, the ripped edges of joists or lopped off ends. They’re often sent to the wood chipper, but may ocassionally stop production; as it’s fate hangs in limbo. A discussion unfolds: one of the millwork crew may want to scrap it; another may say “someone can do something with this!”; with the only hazard being it sitting in inventory for as long as the tree took to grow.
In this instance, these naily edge strips, ripped from barn joists for the Brooklyn CityPoint project, make for an interesting wall cladding. The look could be a poster child for the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi, but we’re glad to see that much of the orphaned lot has found a home.