River Reclaimed Floor 4

Rare Finds

River-Reclamed White Oak with Exceptional Character


In our reclamation process, we encounter some particularly interesting logs, and acknowledge their special characteristics by giving them an identifying name and detailed description, such as "Cronus", showcased in the above images.

"Cronus", a white oak reclaimed at a depth of 36 feet and laying in the substrate, was 41 feet in length and "axe-cut". It featured rich dark purple tones and "worm holes".

Acreage of timber was cut and left on the forest floor for months, before the mule and oxen operations moved it to the riverbank to await the rain. This provided a natural invitation for worms to take up residence. Once the rains initiated the logs’ journey down river, the worms died off from lack of oxygen, leaving the holes behind. Dark coloration is the result of water pushing minerals into the cell structure of wood. Because more water could flow through the wormholes, this also made the wormholes darker than the surrounding wood.

Since bucksaws did not replace axes until after 1870, we can date the sinking of axe-cut "Cronus" between 1700 and 1870. We preserve the axe-cut portion of logs as historical artifacts.

Some of our engineered and solid flooring examples include the harvest from two other Rare Finds, "Logzilla" and "Tiberius".