Our Story

Reclaimed wood and barn

Bruce Godkin, P.Eng., is in charge of materials and manufacturing.

Katrin Godkin, Civil Technologist, is in charge of sales, marketing, and administration.

Together, they are Nostalgic Wood.

Our Product

Nostalgic Wood is an Ontario based, family owned and operated company that strives to produce quality reclaimed products that breathe their history and bring character to any home. Nostalgic Wood opened its doors in Mount Forest in 1996, where the original owner began the growth of the company in reclaimed flooring.

Keeping sustainability as a primary focus, all of our products are made from existing timber. To explain how our materials are sourced, take a look at our three ‘R’s of sustainability: Reclaimed, Recovered, and Rescued.

We strongly value local sourcing and manufacturing which helped us form a strong relationship with the Southwestern Ontario community of Mennonites. Working with the Mennonites helps create high quality products, guarantees locally sourced labour, and provides us with their expertise on barns and timber frames.

Take a look though our Gallery or Instagram feed to see the final product for yourself!

Our Story

Our story begins when the barn on Bruce’s family farm needed to come down. For sentimental reasons, Bruce and Katrin envisioned using the wood from the barn to finish the basement in their family home. They found joy in being able to reuse wood that carries so much history and meaning for the family. While trying to locate companies to assist with the project, Bruce came across Nostalgic Wood and found out that the company was for sale. The timing was perfect as they were both ready to start the next professional chapter with Bruce ready to leave the corporate world and Katrin ready to return to work after raising their two boys.

In 2015, they took over Nostalgic Wood with two goals in mind:
1. To grow the company beyond flooring, seeing greater potential in barns and timber frames; and,
2. To bring the operation closer to home to eliminate commuting and enhance the sustainability and local values of the company.

When they came across an exceptional barn near Walkerton, Ontario, they knew they had found the perfect frame for the new showroom. Nostalgic Wood moved from Mount Forest to the family farm in Walton, Ontario once the frame was re-erected in 2018.

We welcome you to come to our showroom, meet us, and see our products for yourselves. We would love to help you find the perfect flooring for architectural pieces for your next project, home, or cottage.

Yours at Nostalgic Wood,

Bruce & Katrin Godkin