i’m still working on getting into a good blog habit. two weeks between posts is better than 3 months, right?
one of the things that has interested me most since i started making furniture is using reclaimed materials. there is just something about the story that a piece of lumber from the turn of last century could tell that gets me.
one of my most significant acquisitions in reclaimed materials has got to be the several hundred board feet of maple that i came across and purchased a while back. i know that i’ve mentioned it in previous postings and gave a few facts about it, but i figured it would be neat to try and give a better history of this unique wood.
the maple served as flooring for the lafayette cotton mills, in lafayette, georgia, founded and built in 1903.
i found this photo of the main plant in an archived issue of “The Great Southern Weekly for Textile Workers”. i’m sure that magazine flew off the shelves back in 1920 when the article containing this photograph was printed.
the mills were bought out in 1946 by lawrence fabrics corporation and used to make abrasive jeans til about 1954. i don’t know what abrasive jeans are, but i kind of want a pair.
after lawrence fabrics sold out, the mills were owned by a succession of groups until finally shutting its doors for good as sunrise hosiery, a sock company, closed down operations in 2004.
four or five years later the property was acquired and the materials reclamation process began, with the new owner selling off anything and everything.
here’s a stack of the maple drying out in the garage before i had a chance to do any work on it.
a good example of the effects of heavy machinery and looms being used on a wooden floor for ~101 years.
the same piece after some jointing and planing.
here is a panel of the maple that will be used in an upcoming set of nightstands after a few coats of hand-rubbed teak oil.