Start Your Search for Reclaimed Wood Online
A new online resource makes it easier to source or recycle salvaged materials
Published October 9, 2015
So, you've been browsing Pinterest for inspiration and are finally ready to create a salvage-style piece of your own. The next step is to hunt down the materials. A new website hopes to make the hunt easier for you.
We've always admired salvage-style projects here at TOH, and using reclaimed wood for furniture and home accessories has become trendy among DIYers. For instance, this year in our annual America's Best Remodel contest, we saw an increase in submissions of upcycled projects such as an old factory cart turned into a stunning kitchen island.
Shopping salvage yards is a great way to find plenty of old house parts and wooden items. But it can be difficult to track down a specific type of product without knowing if the businesses even collect it.
In an effort to connect consumer demand of reclaimed wood products with organizations that supply them, a new website called, ReuseWood.org, launched in September. The American Wood Council (AWC), Canadian Wood Council (CWA), and Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) joined forces to create this directory of businesses that deal with recycling wood and wood products, such as flooring, furniture, shipping pallets, and more.
ReuseWood.org is be a great place for DIYers and design professionals to begin a search for wood products of any kind. The directory allows users to search by location, materials, and services provided. I tried it out and filtered a search for millwork, finding three businesses stocking it within a few miles of Manhattan. Each business is listed with profile and contact information, so one can inquire about the desired materials before making the trip.
The joint organization's goal of this resource is to educate builders, designers, and consumers about opportunities to recycle and reuse wood, and ultimately keep it out of landfills, which is a cause TOH can get behind! Are you about to undertake a project that uses reclaimed wood? Let us know how you score the materials for your project or if ReuseWood.org is helpful to you.