The Old War Office in Whitehall is an iconic building that was used throughout both world wars as a centre of operations. The reclaimed pitch pine was straight grained and blemish-free, as you would expect in such a prestigious building. 110 years of ageing has created a rich patina with strong greyish undertones.
St. George’s Hospital opened in March 1859 and served as a mental health facility until 1974. We reclaimed the exceptional oak boards before it was demolished in 1995. There's good variation in tone, from mid to dark brown with the original patina intact, and some paint splatters and nail fixings, which offer extra character and integrity.
We reclaimed barrels from Wyborowa Distillery in Poland from 1972. They were ordered by Polmos, the state-owned vodka company and were made of French Oak by French coopers. Over time, the concentrated spirit aged the wood inside the vats to a lovely mellow tone which we have used to produce a record of this exceptional material.
Horwich Works built in 1885 is famous for building locomotives, and for decades was the largest building in Europe. Capable of housing over 100 locomotives. The wood was imported from east coast North America when the oldest growth pine timbers came to Britain. This reclaimed floor displays some of the tightest growth rings we’ve ever seen.