Antique Beams & Boards is equipped to handle antique beam packages ranging from just a single, to a few hundred individual hand hewn beams. Lead times are often much shorter with us, as we don't need to source the beams from any further than our own inventory. We can custom cut, prep and clean to fit most applications and have them ready to be installed into your home or business. Appearances available range from rustic heavy adz marks, to very refined hewn beams that were hand planed back in the day. Because of the craftsmanship that went into their creation, the preservation of these hand hewn beams is a matter of pride at Antique Beams & Boards.
Our timbers all range in different sizes, lengths, and styles from circular sawn timbers, to hand-hewn timbers. For a detailed look into our different styles, please click a picture below that represents what kind of style you are looking for. The first picture represents our hand-hewn skins, which are thin shavings from our hand hewn beam inventory. The second picture is of our regular hand hewn beam look. The third is our resawn beams, and the fourth is our sleeper beam inventory. If you have anymore questions regarding our timber inventory, or if you do not see the style you are looking for and are looking for more of a custom look, please contact us directly at your convenience.
We carefully dismantle each antique structure in order to preserve the beauty and integrity of each hewn beam we salvage. We personally salvage our own hand hewn beams in order to maintain the highest quality inventory.
We carry a large inventory of many sizes and lengths. Sizes range from 5"x5" to 12"x14", with lengths up to 50' long.
Due to our large inventory, and the different appearance in many of our hand hewn beams, we will personally work with you to help you choose what fits best for your project. Whether you are looking for small beams, large beams, or are trying to achieve a certain look, we can help. If you are an architect, designer, contractor, or a home owner, we encourage you to include us in the design phase of your project. We may be able to help you decide which price points fit your budget and put you on the right path.
Hewing a fresh cut tree was one of the most labor intensive and artistic aspects of construction back in the 1800's and before. Not only was the tree felled by hand, but the log was then squared up by hand as well. As an ancient method of conversion, different methods of each step in hewing have developed in history. If you are interested in learning more about the rich history of hewing and the intensive work it took to create a hand hewn beam, please view our History of Hewing page!
From removing the barn beams, to making them house ready, there is a lot of work involved! We handle most all of our hand hewn beams and sawn beams the same way when it comes to cleaning them and preparing them. We take you through the steps involved in providing top quality hand hewn barn beams for your new home or office improvement. Keep in mind the steps involved may vary depending on the specification and customization of your project.
Over the years, every reclaimed beam accumulates all kinds of dirt and grime on the surface and in every nook and cranny. Beams fresh out of the barn will be a dull brown color, even grey if they have been exposed to the elements at all. A thorough cleaning brings back the rich brown patina the wood itself has developed over the decades.
After 100+ years of use, the beams have often acquired all kinds of "jewelry". From nails, hinges, bolts, wiring, you name it, we have found it nailed to an old beam. We remove everything sticking out of the surface, and if milling is involved, we pull out the metal detectors and dig out what is under the surface as well.
This step of the process depends on the project. We have the ability to custom cut your beams any way you see fit. The most common is shaving one side of the beam to fit flush to a ceiling or wall. There is a lot of irregularity in old hewn beams, this step helps out the installers immensely. We have transformed this dirty old wood into flooring, paneling, furniture, and custom millwork.
By this point in the process, your beam is cut to your specifications and is ready to be smoothed and cleaned for the final time. Brush sanding not only allows us to clean the leftover dirt and grime from the beam, but it removes all of the bristles and slivers from the exterior as well. After this process is concluded, you should be able to run your hand across the beam without getting any slivers.
In this final step, we use a powerful insect treatment solution to ensure no living creatures are still within the dimensions of the beam. We use a product with borate as the active ingredient. Borate treated wood is of low toxicity to humans, and does not contain copper or other heavy metals, but will kill active infestations and prevent against future ones