What makes reclaimed wood so special? At its most elemental, reclaimed wood is salvaged from its original use and turned into something new rather than relying on new lumber. It could be a 5 year old pallet, a 50 year old shed, or a 200 year old log building. The critical difference is that reclaimed wood has been put to use at least once and will be reused rather than thrown away or chipped up for mulch. In every case, it means that living trees won’t be harvested for this project. Wood for a table or a door or flooring may represent a drop in the bucket for forest preservation, but as the parable of the starfish reminds us: it matters to these trees. Beyond that, it’s all about the wood.

Pallets make a rough but serviceable reclaimed wood source.