Early farmers generally made due with lumber on hand – often an ample supplies of premium woods from surrounding old growth forests, and felled for firewood, furniture, tool handles – and to build a barn. They used species indiscriminately – Oak, Beech, Chestnut, Elm, Hickory, Maple and other trees – as this is exactly what you find generations later, when the barn is dismantled (or collapses under it’s own neglected weight or with a pick-up truck and chain yank of a corner timber).
We could separate the salvaged timber, and often do for orders, but the woods together, as a kind of dressed up reflection of the original forest composition, reveal a floor or paneled surface that in all it’s natural variety, maintains the inscrutable harmony of old growth roots.
Raise the Barn is a tribute to the resourcefulness of farmers, the vernacular American barn structure; to the rich forests where they first took root, the essential source of local food. Re-milled, the range of wood types seem to find no less natural a setting in the heart of the city. Our earliest installations are for kid’s rooms in row houses. Like the children of farmers a century ago, a city kid can also grow up in a barn, of sorts (though “we don’t live in a barn!” may no longer be a rallying call to tidyness). Raise the Barn is alternately sophisticated and playful, and has served a range of environments – from parlors looking for a less formal edge, to a chain of organic burger restaurants.
The light to darker brown hues fall within a similar color range. And while the figure and grain is equally varied, they are all hardwoods, and exhibit compatibility throughout their transformation.