Victorian Pitch Pine
The “King of Timbers” now the King of Reclaimed Flooring! Imported from the States in the 1800s, This timber is extremely hard wearing. It makes for a durable attractive floor. Planks are from 4” – 8” wide
What is Pitch Pine?
Pitch is a viscous liquid that appears solid. It was used a lot in the shipbuilding industry 'way back when' as a waterproofer. Pitch Pine acquired the name because its sap was used as pitch. It's a slow-growing tree that has a tendency to grow crooked. These two characteristics prevent it from being a commercially viable modern softwood. It's a lovely timber to work with and hard to get hold of. Church pews are usually the best source for reclaimed Pitch Pine.
Oregon Pine Flooring
What is Oregon Pine/Douglas Fir?
Archibald Menzies of Scotland, physician and naturalist, discovered the tree now called Douglas Fir in 1791 at Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, while on the Vancouver expedition which was sent out to finish the British exploration of the Pacific remaining after Captain James Cook was killed on a previous voyage.
David Douglas, also from Scotland, rediscovered the tree in 1825 and introduced it into England.
There was a long controversy about how to classify this tree. Douglas Fir is not a true fir tree. It has needles similar to a fir (flat and soft), but the cones are more like spruce cones and not at all like fir cones. At one time the common name was Douglas spruce; hence the name of "Spruce Tree House" in Mesa Verde.
Botanists finally decided this tree was actually closest to the hemlocks, especially a hemlock of Japan called Tsuga, and a new genus Pseudotsuga ("pseudo-hemlock") was devised for the Douglas fir and its relatives. In the end there is a sharing of the credit for recognizing this tree: the scientific name is Pseudotsuga menziesii , so Douglas gets the common name and the species name remembers Menzies.
Victorian Yellow Pine
We stock antique, reclaimed, Vintage and new parquet floors.
These floors are traditionally sourced and reclaimed from Churches, Convents and 1930s office buildings.
All the Reclaimed Parquet is graded for quality with damaged pieces removed. It's then stacked and packed ready for upcycling to its new location.
Reclaimed Parquet creates a very strong and stable floor - which makes it ideal for underfloor heating.
We leave the original finish on the blocks so when it has been re-laid you have the option of just cleaning it and resealing it - this will save the original patina. Or the newly laid floor can be sanded and stained to suit any room.
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