Hand-Hewn Skins

Hand-Hewn Skins

Specification Sheet #7215 - Hand-Hewn "Skins" Siding

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Specification Sheet #7215 - Hand-Hewn "Skins" Siding


When the first settlers moved into new regions of our expanding nation, they cleared small plots of ground for subsistence farming and used the felled trees for logs and timbers to construct homes for themselves and barns for their livestock. Because these resourceful settlers had to use what was available to them, they often did not discriminate among wood species--if the trees they felled were solid and durable they were used in the needed structures. It is in that same spirit of resourcefulness, economy, and good stewardship that Trestlewood offers its Hand-Hewn "Skins" Siding.


Mixed Species. May include Oak, Elm, Hickory, Ash, Maple, Beech, Poplar, Pine, Fir, Spruce, Cedar, others. Species mix will be different from batch to batch. Trestlewood generally does not sort this product for a specific species.


Barns, corncribs, stables, mills, homes and other buildings and agricultural/industrial structures from different locations in North America

Standard Dimensions

a) Thickness: 2" approximate (actual thickness can vary a decent amount within a given board because the timbers from which these boards are cut are not exact and the sawing process is not exact); b) Width: 8"+ (often 8-12"); c) Lengths: 6' to 16'; d) Size Flexibility: The more latitude the customer can provide in acceptable siding sizes, the better able Trestlewood is to meet the customer's siding needs in an economical and timely manner; e) Manner of Measurement: Dimensions of Authentic Hand Hewn siding may vary from one end of a piece to the other end of the piece. Trestlewood measures each piece on the wider face and rounds width dimensions to the nearest whole inch in tallying board footages (for example, a piece measuring 8.5" wide would be tallied as 9"; a piece measuring 9.375" would be tallied as 9".) Where pieces vary in dimension at different points along the piece, Trestlewood will use its best efforts to average width measurements to arrive at an equitable count. Lengths are billed on actual length shipped.

Available Dimensions

a) Width: depending on inventory in stock (widths sold in the past include up to 14" wide);
b) Lengths: depending on inventory in stock. Please contact your Trestlewood representative for available sizes.

Moisture Content/Stability

Hand-Hewn "Skins" Siding is generally seasoned and more stable and less prone to shrinkage than is new "green" material. Hand-Hewn Skins are generally stored outside --> they can be wet in the winter and other periods of wet weather.


Nails, bolts and other fasteners are removed or occasionally cut flush or broken off inside the material.

Mortise Pockets/Notches/Holes

Hand-Hewn Skins Siding generally has very few holes or mortise pockets. An occasional hole or mortise pocket is acceptable, however.


Hand-Hewn Skins Siding can have significant butt and surface checking and cracks and minor end splitting; many pieces have dark checking and weathering. Each piece will be solid and sound.


Hand-Hewn Skins Siding is almost exclusively FOHC; usually moderate to very tight growth rings.


Weathered (degree of weathering varies); original face surface of most boards was hewn by broad axe or adze (up to 1/3 of boards can have sawn surfaces without hew marks or sawn surfaces with hew marks added by Trestlewood), and has been weathered and worn over time; reverse face is band-sawn or circle-sawn (each piece is cut from a timber or sleeper); the edges are generally rounded, though an occasional piece will have square edges. Bark is allowed but not required. Hand-Hewn Skin Siding colors vary -- common colors include browns (common for interior weathered timbers), grays (common for exterior weathered timbers) and combinations of browns and grays.


Depending on species mix. Typically, approximately 3.5 pounds per board foot

Surface Rot

The hewn surface and edges of this product may have rot or other degradation. Trestlewood will sort out pieces which are unsound as a result of extensive rot. The rustic nature of this product is enhanced by some surface degradation; such surface degradation should be expected.

Appearance Variation

Boards can vary in appearance from piece to piece and even within a piece. The characteristics described on this specification sheet generally apply to each board's featured face. The opposite face and edges can differ from the featured face in texture, coloring, and other characteristics unless otherwise noted. Weathered lumber / barnwood will have at least one weathered face. The opposite face and edges can be any combination of weathered and fresh-sawn. If weathered, the weathering will often be different (amount, mix of colors, etc) than on the featured face.