Reclaimed barn wood + first project

One thing that I really love is a pile of wood. I love to see the grain and distinctiveness of each board. But what I love even more is old reclaimed wood, with the grain, but also the age, nail holes, staples, and saw markings. When I get a bunch of it I am so excited to look at each piece and figure out what to do with it. Here, have a look and see what I’m talking about…

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Recently, I discovered that a new friend has a side job of tearing down old barns and then sells the wood that he gets from those tear-downs. When he told me this I couldn’t believe my luck! I had just that week been discussing with my husband that I had a few projects in mind to build out of reclaimed wood, but I didn’t have a good resource for the barn wood. (And I wanted the real old barn wood, not the trendy pallet wood.) Since then I’ve bought a few small bundles of wood to play with. Some builds will be actual functional builds, but this first one was just a fun art piece for my wall.

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How do you feel about old barnwood? Is it trash or treasure to you? Do you love or dislike wood altogether? Comment and let me know, I’m genuinely curious.

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