In the summer of 2006, construction crews at the foot of Toronto’s Bathurst Street unearthed a significant part of Toronto's early waterfront. While digging the base of the Malibu condo project an immense interlocking pier began to reveal itself, hinting at the fact that Toronto's waterfront once began some distance back from where it now flows. They had excavated the original Queen’s Wharf.
Wood timbers reclaimed from this wharf have unique textures and deeper colour tones generated over the years on the waterfront followed by years buried in the Toronto soils. Antique wood flooring made from these wharf woods (elm, pine, hemlock and tamarack) produce unique floors that whisper their history into a room.
New to Nostalgic Wood is “old-growth” timbers recovered from the depths of Georgian Bay, the Great Lakes and other waterway’s throughout North America. The timber that has been recovered began growing between 1000 and 1500 AD and was harvested from the 1850s to the early 1900s. When you include the last 150 years that it has spent below the water’s surface, this wood ranges between 500 to 1,000 years old.
Through a natural process, the cold, clean, relatively oxygen-free waters of North America has perfectly preserved these timbers, improving upon nature’s work by washing away the bio-matter within the cells and replacing it with water. Once the timber is recovered, it is sawn into lumber and dried using special kilns to remove the moisture. As a result, the millions of cells that have now become hollow create a unique structural quality in the wood. The mineral stain or “tint” left behind by this process produces a colour in the antique recovered wood that cannot be duplicated today. We offer Pine, Birch and Maple recovered woods. Lead times vary seasonally.