Plantation Wood (no, not that kind)
EarthSource's first big supply of reclaimed lumber came to them in the late '90's after a tornado struck President Andrew Jackson's historic plantation home outside of Nashville, Tennessee and took down 1,234 trees. EarthSource agreed to remove the trees at their own expense, then had them shipped to a nearby sawmill where they were, sawn, then kiln dried, and finally shipped to California. "Jackson had a driveway going from the county road all the way to his plantation house, and it was lined with Tennessee aromatic cedar trees," said Hunt. "Some of the trees he actually planted himself. The tornado knocked down every one of them. It went right up to the house and then turned around. So we ended up with all those trees. We've been selling it for cedar closet lining, and all kinds of different things."
A lot of the plantation's wood went into flooring, although not the cedar. "We had a lot of old poplar that was very hard, and we had hickory, myrtle wood, tulip wood, cherry wood, maple - probably 20 different species of tree," Hunt cataloged. EarthSource turned a lot of that into flooring; some of it even found its way back to Tennessee where people would naturally enjoy owning a piece of their own history.
That was probably our biggest single purchase ever of reclaimed wood, and it certainly put us on the map," he added. "It's how we got our start into reclaimed wood."
(excerpted from Green Building Products Dealer, 2008)