When you lay eyes on old barn wood, you can’t help but envision pioneers or farmhands putting in a hard day’s work in early America. And you suddenly wish you could be transported back in time to experience the rich history of that period if only for a moment.
It’s a unique feeling that only the timeless look of weathered barn wood can bring about. And it’s why Whitetail Woodcrafters, a top provider of elegant custom products, takes pride in repurposing barn wood for its many personalized gifts and wedding decor. The question is, how exactly does Whitetail Woodcrafters use repurposed barn wood? And what makes repurposed barn wood a one-of-a-kind material to use for fine custom products and engravings?
Here’s a rundown on everything you need to know about how and why Whitetail Woodcrafters, a leading eco-friendly small business, repurposes barn wood for its stylish family keepsakes and other unforgettable gifts.
Why Use Repurposed Barn Wood?
Time can, unfortunately, take a toll on even the most robust of barns. However, even when old barns have to be torn down, this doesn’t mean their purpose has to come to an end. Rather, they can take on new life in the form of timeless keepsakes ranging from vases to block signs—at least in the eyes of the father-and-son duo who own and operate Whitetail Woodcrafters.
Whitetail Woodcrafters specializes in creating fine custom gifts and engravings using only the best, locally sourced repurposed barn wood. When the company reclaims barn wood, we try to keep the wood as close to its natural state as possible. For instance, the company’s reclaimed barn wood might contain nail holes and paint remnants due to being exposed to the elements or from being tossed aside by those who handled it previously In this way, each piece of barn wood carries its own story told through its unique coloring, dimensions, textures, and characteristics. As a result, no two pieces of barn wood will look completely alike, which makes for a true one-of-a-kind product that can’t be replicated.
Process of Repurposing Barnwood
Whitetail Woodcrafters combine cutting-edge technology and woodworking techniques that are time-tested to create beautiful personalized woodcrafts for our customers.
When it comes to sourcing our wood, the company uses real barnwood reclaimed from old barns across Central Pennsylvania—some of which are more than 100 years old. In addition, the barn siding that Whitetail Woodcrafters uses is typically gray due to being exposed to the natural elements for several years. Hemlock wood and pine are the two most commonly used types of wood at Whitetail Woodcrafters.
Kiln Drying Process
An important step in the barn wood repurposing process at Whitetail Woodcrafters involves kiln drying the barn wood prior to using it for products. This is a process where we remove moisture from the wood by putting the wood inside of a large kiln. Although barn wood could be air dried instead of kiln dried, the latter is a more foolproof method for eliminating unwanted moisture.
Kiln drying is critical for several reasons. For starters, it is designed to ensure that no insects are living in the wood. The majority of repurposed barn wood has been outdoors in old factories or barns, meaning it could be home to crittters. However, a kiln can reach a high-enough temperature to kill unwanted bugs and their eggs.
Kiln drying also offers the benefit of producing wood with a consistent quality. That’s because the environment of a kiln is controlled, so you can easily adjust its air flow, temperature, and humidity while using it to repurpose barn wood.
Experience the Unique Touch of Whitetail Woodcrafters’ Repurposed Barn Wood Today!
At Whitetail Woodcrafters, we take pride in being a family-owned and operated provider of unique gifts for families to treasure forever. We are also proud to be an eco-friendly small business due to offering top-tier products fabricated from stunning repurposed barn wood.
When you buy from us, you can rest assured that you will receive high-quality products at fair prices every time. And in the process, you will be doing your part to help the planet, one keepsake at a time.
Contact us to learn more about how our gifts created from repurposed barn wood can add value to your home and your life for years to come.