Dale and his partners operate a company that takes wood, most of it hundreds of years old, and repurposes it. They specialize in repurposing Wormy Chestnut, Chestnut, Antique Heart Pine and White Oak for use as lumber, siding, flooring, beams and mantels.
According to Ballew, his company’s business is truly a “Green” type of company simply by reclaiming the Appalachian’s finest recycled antique lumber.“We think it’s a great company because we are kind of as green as you can get,” said Ballew. “We’re keeping woods alive and out of the landfill and in some ways we’re finding woods that are the ultimate salvageable item. It’s almost like picking up an old artifact.”
The company searches through the mountains of North Carolina seeking old antique barns, houses, sheds, animal shelters and more, all in the effort to reclaim some of America’s most beautiful woods.
“We’re actively taking down barns and houses because we’re after the wormy Chestnut but we recover a lot of antique lumber doing that,” he said. “We produce all types of lumber products as well as flooring, millwork, tables and you name it. In the reclaimed wood business that’s kind of what we supply.”
Reclaimed Lumber & Beams provides lumber to a number of sources, hence the need for quality finishing. “We deal with architects, general contractors, homeowners, millwork houses, cabinet manufacturers and they all come with specifications and we try to hook them up with antique lumber items,” he said. “But finishing and restoring a several-hundred-year-old piece is important and that’s why we use Waterlox.”
“When I Waterlox and how it works, I loved it. We do live edge saw and slab. We take logs at saw mills with curly Maple or just a Walnut with some figure; we saw all the way through it and make 40 inches wide 12 feet long 2 feet thick for outdoor areas, cooking areas, conference rooms, flooring etc.
“The flooring guys we work with told us about Waterlox and suggested we use it. Once we did it, it made the color just ‘pop.’ We’ve been using it and recommend it. It brings the real color of wood out that all of the other finishing products don’t and can’t.”They use Waterlox because the product delivers durability and ease of installation when applying it.“Normal polyurethanes don’t get as thick a coat as Waterlox and when you stand them up next to each other, the Waterlox just makes it look 10 times better. Waterlox bottom line makes the product look better and it goes on easy.”
Waterlox resin-modified Tung oil-based finishes are different from other types of wood finishes on the market and offer a “best of both worlds” alternative. For example, raw oils penetrate into the wood but will not provide any real protection to the substrate and will need to be recoated often due to oxidation. Surface finishes such as urethanes (either water or oil-based) will lie on top of the surface, look more like plastic, can be brittle and once breached will fail. The reason we are the best of both worlds is because Waterlox’s resin-modified Tung oil formation penetrates like raw oil, but protects and nurtures the wood without being brittle and having the plastic look of surface finishes.
Founded in 1910, Waterlox Coatings Corporation, based in Cleveland, Ohio, is the nation’s leading manufacturer of premium wood finishes, handmade from resin-modified Tung oil. A fourth-generation, family-owned company, now run by Chief Executive Officer Jay Hawkins and Vice President Kellie Hawkins Schaffner, Waterlox continues to manufacture products using the finest ingredients, combining Tung oil, resins, mineral spirits and other ingredients to produce a complete wood finish that gives the look and feel of naturally oiled wood. Waterlox products represent the flooring industry’s highest level of quality protection for both interior and exterior wood finishing projects and also supply tools for application.
For more information about Waterlox, please visit http://www.waterlox.com or call (800) 321.0377. To visit Waterlox on Facebook, click HERE, or you can follow Waterlox on Twitter at @tungoilfinishes.
Ed DeMask / DeMask Marketing