A friend of ours wanted a sliding barn door to close off a converted living room to use as a bedroom. He wasn’t picky about the wood and had a small budget, so he was thinking about staining or painting it himself. Then we found some reclaimed heartpine flooring. The boards were wide and beautiful. They had come out of a building at Washington & Lee University, but there was so little of it that it didn’t have a use as flooring and had sat in storage for a decade. Because of that, it fit the budget. “Perfect!” we said to each other. Still, the barn door we made was very simple, in keeping with the project. When it came time to finish it, our friend took one look at it and said, “Don’t touch it!” He recognized right away that the wood was special and shouldn’t be covered up with stains or paint. That made us smile. Mission accomplished.