Thursday, February 12, 2009
SALVAGING HERITAGE WOODS, PRESERVING THE PAST ONE BOARD AT A TIME
Daughter Virginia and her husband Cedric are both greens. They passed up the new rage bamboo, or cork, or cactus flooring and purchased used wood from Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, Ca. The wood came from an old granary, the Moscow Idaho Seed Company that opened in 1927 by Joe Zeb. They bought old tamarack beams and douglas fir re-milled as flooring which Heritage Salvage’s owner Bud Deakins kind of lovingly held in his hands as though appreciative that someone else shared his vision of reusing beautiful old wood. Bud found some old sacks left in the building and gave one to the kids with their purchase. They decided to frame and hang it in the cabin they’re building north of Laytonville.
It’s a bit like the “good old days” that everyone seems to long for. The loving attention devoted to old woods and re-useable materials; the personal exchange of a businessman with his customer and the satisfaction the kids derive from preserving something of beauty from the past.
Heritage Salvage’s website is www.heritagesalvage.com with a link to Moscow Idaho Seed Company’s story of redistribution. Very interesting story. Enjoy!