Unique Perspectives

By Lauren Varga

Details: Reclaiming History

ant_HICKORY_room2When one door closes, another opens. That new door may open to reclaimed wood flooring preserved and artfully restored by Olde Wood Limited.

To owner and founder Tommy Sancic, it’s about keeping American history alive. Take, for example, the Fosteria Glass Factory in Moundsville, W.Va. From 1891 until the late 1980s, when the company shut its doors, it was the heart of the U.S. glass industry.

“We had the chance to disassemble that building and put the timbers back into a new home construction,” says Sancic. “The frame of that house is built from the timbers of that factory. The structure outlived its purpose.”

Olde Wood Limited looks for teardowns and barns that can be preserved and keeps anywhere from 400 to 500,000 feet of raw product on-hand. “Keeping wood in its rough form allows us to customize it to the customer’s needs,” says Sancic. “It eliminates waste.”

sancic_KITCHEN_19High-end flooring from Olde Wood Limited runs anywhere from $8 to $20 per square foot, depending on the width of the floorboards and the material used. Sancic prefers to work with antique red and white oak because “it’s wood that was used to build America.”

As for a more exotic material, antique chestnut will fit the bill. According to Sancic, the American chestnut tree is extinct today and thus, antique chestnut is not available in the new wood industry.

“All that lumber is gone,” says Sancic. “If we don’t recycle it now, then there won’t be any left at all.”

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