American Salvaged Collection

The distinctive look of American Salvaged Collection especially attracts those who seek character and uniqueness in design. Like us, many of our clients believe the heritage and legacy continues to live on within the wood. Originating from Oak forests that ran all the way from Virginia through to West Texas, the woods in Imondi’s American Salvaged Collection are estimated to have been harvested towards the turn of the 18th & 19th century; and then used in the construction of early barns and mills throughout the United States.

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Without electricity and machinery, early harvesting relied heavily on man-power. A broad axe was the main tool used to hew out and square large timbers, and planks and boards were commonly pit-sawn. Harvested logs were constrained to a length of 5 meters as haulage was, literally, horse-powered. Logs were transported on wagons over nearby roads, if they existed. Otherwise, more commonly, logs were floated.

Historically a large number of early mills were steam-powered and therefore located on the upper waters of the same creeks or rivers in which the logs were floated down. Only as technology developed and machinery moved from steam-power to electricity, did mills migrate towards the forests. During the 18th & 19th Century, wood continued to be the preferred material for construction. Many early communities saw barn-building as a way to evoke a sense of community spirit, tradition and closeness to the land. These structures embodied their traditions and heritage.

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American Salvaged Collection – a history of the wood and old buildings. Like us, most of our clients and professionals believe that heritage and legacy can be preserved and transmitted through the wood.

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