Architects and Designers resource for reclaimed building materials
Reclaimed Wood Work
Tuscany has more woodland and
a greater variety of trees than
any other region in Italy. Although
houses are built predominately
of stone, wood is the element
that creates a sense of warmth
and beauty as well as a bond with
the landscape. Beams are the most important
feature in traditional construction techniques of Central Italy.
The typical ceiling for a rustic
home is comprised of a long "trave"
(about 10-12 inches in diameter),
trave maestra, crossed
by numerous secondary beams, correnti,
which sustain the ceiling tiles.
Chestnut, Rovere oak, elm and
poplar are the most commonly used
woods. Tree trunks were
traditionally left in their natural
state, draw-knifed, neither planed nor squared
off. We believe that these reaclaimed
beams, each with its unique character
add great charm to the interior
of a home. All reclaimed building materials and wood is carefully selected and funigated before shipment.