Wood of this caliber, with growth predating the American Revolution, is quickly becoming extinct.
Trees cut in the early 1900's were bound together as rafts and carefully maneuvered down the Cape Fear River to saw mills around the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. A large number of these trees, called "sinkers," were so dense that they sank to the bottom of the river. In a time when America was covered by plentiful forests, there was no need — or method — to retrieve these majestic trees from the depths of the river.
Today, a rich supply of these old trees remain in the sediment of the Cape Fear River, preserved in pristine condition by cool waters, devoid of oxygen. The wood is preserved in better condition than if it had been on land and once brought to the surface and milled, the rich smell of Old Growth Riverwood is still as robust as it was hundreds of years ago.
Although the vast majority of wood harvested by Old Growth Riverwood is used for hardwood flooring, the wood also is excellent for producing fine wainscoting, wall paneling, and Hand Crafted Furniture, including Coffee and End Tables, Adirondack Chairs, Counter Tops, Butcher Blocks and Cabinets.
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At Old Growth Riverwood, we reclaim lost pieces of history and transform them into unique and beautiful wood products for your home or business. We process logs that we recover from the Cape Fear River as well as reclaimed beams from historic structures from the surrounding area. Bringing history into your home, we transform this one-of-a-kind raw wood material into gorgeous flooring, counter tops, molding, trim, mantles, furniture and much more.
Drawing from over 11 years of recovery and reclaiming experience, we are committed to providing unique and high quality products for any of your custom needs. Please feel free to give us a call at 910.762.4077 to discuss your next renovation or furniture project.
Old Growth Riverwood is committed to being green and environmentally responsible and does not cut down any living trees to produce our products. All products are made by existing logs, water submerged logs, rough cut lumber, or timber reclaimed from old homesites. Recycling at Old Growth Riverwood is a daily process. Our reclaimed wood waste is reused to make a variety of products. Saw chips are recycled by offering them to local horse farmers (free of charge). Recycling is part of life at Old Growth Riverwood. We bring history into your home, while doing our part to help preserve the future of our living forests.