Turning House uses wood from buildings built in America between 1860 and 1960. It is wood that can only be found in old growth forests or reclaimed from structures made of old wood; therefore it is not only old, but also rare to find. The wood we use is sometimes extinct or no longer available for timbering, such as Chestnut or Southern Long Leaf Pine.
Our vintage wood has been allowed to fully mature, unlike fresh cut lumber used to make most new furniture in the current market. And because it is mature old growth timber, it carries with it unique characteristics related to its age or prior function, which may include:
These characteristics in no way compromise the quality and durability of our pieces; instead, they are special features that add interest and value to our portfolios.
We go through a meticulous, multi-step milling process to renew the wood to make it ready for using in furniture construction. Find out more about this process.
Due to the nature of reclaimed vintage wood, no two pieces of our furniture are alike. Each piece has its own “personality” as it relates to the wood’s physical features and origin.
The origin of the wood used for our designs will vary based on our current supply. All of the reclaimed wood we use in our furniture is vintage, but the source building will change frequently once all of the reclaimed wood from that particular building is exhausted.
Finishes are chosen to bring out the unique character of the vintage wood; therefore custom finishes for our furniture are not available.