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NatureAged Weathered Timbers are generally resawn from nature-damaged (fire, insect, etc.) logs or from by-products of sawmill, logging or other wood-processing operations. This material is then cut and weathered for many months.
NatureAged Timbers offer a competitively-priced alternative to reclaimed timbers in applications where the stability of reclaimed timbers is not a crucial consideration. The best available dimensions are 7x9, 8x10 and 10x12.
|Species||Mixed Species. May include Douglas Fir, Alpine Fir, White Fir, Lodgepole Pine, Ponderosa Pine, others.|
|Source||NatureAged Weathered Timbers are naturally weathered to achieve a rustic grayish/brown appearance. NatureAged Weathered Timbers may be i) timbers reclaimed from various salvage projects, ii) timbers cut from beetle-killed, fire-killed or dead-standing trees, iii) timbers cut from material which has weathered out of spec and iv) new timbers.|
|HC/FOHC||Generally Heart Center (HC)|
|Holes||NatureAged Weathered Timbers may have nail holes and bolt holes from prior use. Some of this material is used as dunnage and has other materials nailed to it and some other timbers are bolted together with steel rods into mats. The holes will generally have staining around them.|
|Checking/Cracks||Timbers generally have checks from the heart center to the faces of the timber. In addition, timbers can have surface checking and cracks, moderate butt checking and minor end splitting.|
|Moisture Content/Stability||The moisture content in NatureAged Weathered Timbers will vary from piece to piece. This material is cut and then weathered for many months before being sold. This material should not be considered as stable as reclaimed material, but should be more stable than green material.|
|Surfacing||Weathered. Original surfacing (prior to weathering) is generally rough-sawn (circle-sawn or band-sawn) but can in some cases be planed. Surface degradation (water damage, surface rot, punkiness, etc) is allowed.|
|Standard Dimensions||a) Cross-sections: 4x6 to 12x12; b) Lengths: to 20';|
c) Target Dimensions: NatureAged Weathered Timbers are targeted at full dimension; d) Tolerances: +/- 1/4" (plus whatever shrinkage the material experiences over time).
|Weight||Typically, approximately 3 pounds per board foot|
|Grading||NatureAged Weathered Timbers can be graded (WLCB) upon request. It is highly recommended that any timbers that are to be used in a structural application be graded. It is also recommended that standard size timbers be used whenever possible. Checking tends to be more pronounced in timbers wider and/or thicker than 12" than in standard size timbers.|
|Appearance Variation||Weathered timbers will generally vary in appearance from piece to piece and even within a piece. The weathering (amount, mix of colors, etc) and other characteristics of one face can be substantially different than the weathering and other characteristics of another face. Some weathered timbers are cut from larger weathered timbers, giving them one or more fresh-sawn faces. |
Trestlewood sometimes uses one or more "juicing" processes to help fresh-sawn and/or less weathered/aged faces blend in with weathered/aged faces. All else being equal, juicing is more likely to be used in situations where (a) timbers are cut from larger timbers (thereby creating fresh-cut faces); (b) Buyer wants all (or most) faces to look weathered/aged; and/or (c) Buyer desires to increase the consistency of the weathered/aged look from face to face.
Note: Please study specification sheets to familiarize yourself with product characteristics and their possible implications for your application.