Sustainability is at the core of everything we do at Vintage Harvest. Our mission is to provide customers with high-quality reclaimed wood from barns that are no longer in use. We source 100% of our wood from American barns which would otherwise be burned or thrown into a landfill. When you purchase reclaimed wood, you’re reducing the number of trees cut down for new wood while helping the environment.
Our process is quick, easy, and most importantly, good for the environment. Once we’ve found a barn that is no longer in use, we begin by taking it apart. This involves careful removal of nails and anything else attached to the wooden boards. Once finished, our wood is kiln dried at a sawmill. This step is essential because it removes any remaining dirt, bugs, or other contaminants that may have lived on the barn wood.
After the reclaimed wood is cleaned, it’s ready for the next step of milling. We start by cutting 1-inch wooden pieces in half. Next, we cut the boards into different lengths sizes, all measuring 3/8 in. thick, which are perfect for our DIY wooden box kits.
A combination of grey and brown boards are selected for our wooden kits in order to create a more natural appearance. Due to the fact that we minimally process our reclaimed wood, each board slightly varies in color and tone. We strive to leave the boards in their original form, so they will have a rougher finish. This adds to the rustic look of the barn wood, but feel free to sand it if you want a smoother and more modern look.
Our process for salvaging wood at Vintage Harvest is sustainable and efficient. We reclaim wood from unused barns, prepare it, and then provide it to our customers so that they’re able to bring a charming, rustic feel to their home. We take extra care to make sure that our wood is safe to use in all DIY projects. Visit our website to learn more about our sustainability efforts and the process we go through to provide the highest-quality reclaimed wood available!