Phoenix Ash floor & beam cladding, grey board wall, reclaimed wood quilt block
Nostalgic Wood rescues trees that have been designated for removal due to safety risk, damage, disease or construction. These rescued woods produce wonderful flooring and unique pieces for the special accent item in your home. Many of the rescued logs are cut into slabs or cookies to produce one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that will begin conversations.
In South Western Ontario the emerald ash bore beetle has killed tens of millions of ash trees and continues to spread into new areas. While the insect eats away at foliage, the larvae tunnel beneath the bark and feed on the layer of live cells between the bark and sapwood, cutting off nutrients and water to the upper portions of the tree. The emerald ash borer damages and kills trees within one to four years of infestation. Typically, within six years of an infestation arriving in a woodlot, more than 99% of the ash trees have been killed. Much of this wood is left to rot on the woodlot floor.
At Nostalgic Wood, we rescue trees that are in the very early stages of damage from this beetle and reincarnate it into rich and vibrant flooring we call PHOENIX ASH. Ash is known for its distinctive grain and hardness. In keeping with our more natural and green products, we produce flooring that shows all the characteristics found in ash, including its tight knots. Kerf saw marks can be added to produce a more rustic look. The ash is dried on site in our RF kiln and manufactured into exquisite flooring in a random width, wide plank format (5", 7", and 9" widths by 3'-12' long).
A limited number of Hickory logs were removed from local bushes as part of a forest management program. These logs were destined to be used for firewood. Hickory has a very distinct variegated look and is a very hard wood making flooring milled from hickory both vibrant and durable. We rescued these logs destined for the firewood pile and produced a limited amount of hardwood flooring.
One of our current species on offer is Honduran mahogany. These logs have been rescued after a hurricane damaged acres of forest in Central America. Rather than letting the wood rot, special recovery permits have been issued to select companies to procure the wood for re-purposing. A limited number of salvaged logs are now available for companies such as Nostalgic Wood to manufacture into a unique and rich copper brown floor that will surely be the special accent to your home.