Wide plank antique flooring: why is it so special?
The first thing you may notice is the rich color or patina of an antique floor, which took nature hundreds of years to create. Also, the subtle variations of color such as the beautiful shades of honey and amber in pumpkin pine flooring (aka Eastern White Pine). The texture and contour of the wide planks surface due to foot wear or saw marks. The taper of the board from one end to the other. Many old floor boards are not the same width from one end to the other which leads to the overall irregular pattern of the floor. Defects on the surface such as patches (wood, leather, tin) or the rare Roman numeral carved in the surface when the boards were originally made. And finally, the slight differences in thickness of the wide planks adds to the overall surface irregularity. All of these nuances create a unique and beautiful original floor.
About the Old Wood Workshop
The Old Wood Workshop is based in Pomfret Center, Connecticut, and you are welcome to visit. I am available by chance, but strongly suggest making an appointment to visit. Although I do not have a traditional retail shop, our 1730s colonial farmhouse showcases my work and the barn is filled with reclaimed wide plank flooring and wall board.
The Old Wood Workshop specializes in antique original surface, 18th century & early 19th century wide plank flooring, reclaimed antique wall board and other salvaged wood. We do not re-saw or re-mill material, but instead look for 150 to 300 year old flooring that has never had its surface altered, other than being walked on. We also have a unique selection of architectural antiques, such as antique iron hardware and salvaged stone.
The Old Wood Workshop provides quality reclaimed antique wood for homeowners as well as building contractors, designers and architects. We also supply small batch stock for cabinetmakers, furniture makers or other woodworking projects, including musical instruments.
We truly appreciate our customers and offer the best service we can to them. In turn, we get a lot of repeat business and sometimes make lifelong friends. Here’s a few kind words from them…
Old Wood Workshop offers quality salvaged wood products. We purchased hard to find wide wall board. Tom is helpful and knowledgeable regarding historically appropriate methods. The ducks are cute! And Tom is very patient and accommodating for scheduling a visit. We will return for future needs for our 1800 farm house. We highly recommend his business.
Tom has been working with us for about 2 years on flooring for a 1780 barn restoration and a new house attachment. He helped us locate the floors for every room in the house and the barn. He was always helpful in figuring out what we needed & the look I was trying to achieve. He delivered our flooring personally to Texas for us, making 2 trips. He offered to come show the floor men how to lay the old flooring correctly. I would call him in an instant again for flooring & advice. He was a pleasure to work with.
I have been a customer for many years. I have purchased 9 floors and both vertical and horizontal wall boards. I have also purchased wood working and delivery services over the years and Tom has always come through for me. I have recommended the Old Wood Workshop and Tom to multiple friends over the years. All their floors look wonderful and they are as happy with Tom as I am. What else can I say, I’m a customer for life.
Worked with Tom at Old Wood Workshop for a project up in the Adirondacks and he was great. Visiting his barns to pick out old flooring was an education as Tom spent time with me explaining the ins and outs of using old flooring and other salvaged woods. He delivered the flooring and worked with my contractors to be sure it was installed for great effect. It looks amazing. Also while visiting the barns, I saw he had 30 old chestnut paneled church pew backs. We used those to create vertical paneling in one of the bedrooms..came out amazing. Nothing can give you the look of using these old materials. Tom’s the kind of guy where a handshake or a nod is all you need…I like that.