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Reclaimed 10.5″ Victorian wide pine sarking boards (22.8sq m)
A good batch of square-edged pine sarking boards with character - lovely wide boards but originally cut from lower grade timber, and thinner for use on the under-side of roofing. These are not intended for use as flooring (but it has been done by using such timbers as a "skin") they can be used for cladding/panelling and, being so wide, have a great look and texture.
Condition: worn with dints and scratches commensurate with age, surface nail holes but quite clean - some split. Most are 270mm wide but some are a bit narrower.
30 boards plus shorts -in a mixture of lengths, as salvaged. These boards are supplied unfinished and they require cleaning, sanding and finishing for those not celebrating the old patina. Scroll through the pictures < > to see details of the timber. One sample is sanded and comes out nicely.
Batch sale only…. to clear and priced accordingly.
The Building Conservation Society sums up the case for reclaimed pine:
“The record demand for house building in 18th and 19th century London was an indicator of the nation’s prosperity. The demand for buildings resulted in a demand for timber; that timber was pine, felled in Poland and sent to England through the Baltic ports. The soaring popularity of imported softwood was driven by its quality and availability as well as favourable transport and conversion costs. The quality of slow-grown old-stand timber such as Pinus Sylvestris that was cut inland and sent down river to the Baltic ports of Memel and Riga was recognised by architects and craftsmen of the period. Contemporary specifications (for example by English architect Sir John Soane) called for pine and fir from these ports, including Memel and Riga Fir.
Much of our historic joinery and flooring was constructed from wood that was slow grown. This wood generally has a fine, close-grained texture and, because much of it was from old stands, it tends to be fairly clear of knots and vertically grained, giving it good durability and stability.
Today, managed softwood plantations aim to produce timber as quickly and as economically as possible. This faster grown timber is not as durable as that from the mature trees that were more common up to the start of the 20th century. Much of the modern fast-grown softwood will be used in construction once it has been pressure impregnated with preservatives. Generally this type of timber is not suited to quality repairs of historic joinery. The quality and closeness of grain of repair timber should match that of the original as closely as possible. This will reduce differential movement at the junction of old and new wood.”