Sawkill lumber gives vintage wood new life

February 20, 2012 2:50:40 PM PST
There's a local company that's re-purposing that vintage wood and giving it new life.

Alan Solomon and Klass Armster are looking for treasure amidst the ruins.

They're after pieces of wood that were used in New York City buildings in the 1800's and early 1900's because old wood that has great value.

"The finest antique lumber is probably better than anything freshly cut," said Alan Solomon, of Sawkill, "The lumber has less knows the grain is tighter, the hue and color of the wood is a little better and it's often harder."

So when buildings like an old meat market get demolished Alan and Klass swoop in and buy up that antique lumber.

The contractors are happy to sell it, it saves having to pay a disposal costs.

And then that lumber gets a new home, like these shelves at a catering company, or at a cafe.

Sand in the wood is residue from Coney Island.

The planks are from the original boardwalk!

They were used throughout Think Cafe in the Meatpacking District. It makes you stop and think about the process.

Alan and Klass call their company Sawkill fittingly after the original Dutch sawmill in Manhattan in the 1620s.

"Today we're doing much of the same. We're still harvesting the same quality wood in the city, not from chopping down trees, but chopping down buildings," Solomon said.

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