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Reclaimed Timbers and Beams

Last updated: November 18, 2017

Distinguished Boards and Beams maintains a wide selection of timbers reclaimed from timber-framed heritage structures. A variety of patina-clad original surface textures are available in both hardwoods and softwoods. We are also equipped with a state of the art milling facility to meet your individual project needs.

Hand hewn timber frame with vaulted ceiling complementing a natural stone fireplace
Hand hewn timber frame with vaulted ceiling complementing a natural stone fireplace

Original Patina Surface Textures


Custom Milling Options

  • Rough sawn to specific dimensions
  • Surface planed—S4S, S3S, S2S, and S1S
  • Wire brushed
  • Lightly burned

This mountain home has the authenticity log cabin with its reclaimed hand hewn slab siding and hand hewn timber-framing.
This mountain home has the authenticity log cabin with its reclaimed hand hewn slab siding and hand hewn timber-framing.

Only the Best Quality


We only source and sell the highest quality timbers, because we recognize your need for durability along with the beautiful aesthetics of our old growth timbers, especially when it comes to the timber-frame of your project’s structure. We are involved with every step of the reclamation process, from finding the historic structures to carefully examining each timber and shipping them to our facility in Carbondale, Colorado. With over 15 years of experience providing premium timbers and beams for high-end custom homes and commercial businesses, our staff will help you choose the perfect timber package for your project.

These rough sawn heavy timbers create a classic look in this home's post and beam construction complemented by a reclaimed mixed hardwoods floor.
These rough sawn heavy timbers create a classic look in this home's post and beam construction complemented by a reclaimed mixed hardwoods floor.

Hand Hewn Timbers and Beams


Hand hewn timbers and beams are some of the most coveted wood products in the world. Staggered score marks on a timber's surface from where an axe chipped the log’s round edges away and visual reminders of early construction techniques such as mortise pockets and dowel holes bring unmatched character to residential and commercial buildings. These timbers recall our agrarian past before the advent and widespread usage of sawmills. The sweat that went into each of these fine pieces of American history can be seen in the rustic, unique, and elegant texture of each timber.


We stock hand hewn oak, ash, elm, beech, and poplar hardwoods. For softwoods, we have heart pine, yellow pine, northern white pine, and tamarack. Very few hand-hewn Douglas fir beams exist. We periodically have other species in our inventory and can accommodate special orders.

Hand hewn timbers are generally square, and the most common sizes are 7”x7”, 8”x8”, 9”x9”, and 10”x10”. We also regularly stock larger and smaller dimensions. Lengths can vary from 6ft all the way to 40ft, and occasionally even longer.

Hand hewn post and beam closeup with original joinery pocket
Hand hewn post and beam closeup with original joinery pocket
Credit: H. Wilson Photography

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Douglas Fir Timbers


Home and business owners, architects, timber framers, and contractors all appreciate Douglas fir because of its well-rounded usability, cost-effectiveness, and aesthetic appearance.
  • Handsome old growth grain patterns and extraordinarily tight rings
  • Stunning wood hues ranging from red to golden brown
  • High strength to weight ratio
  • Cost effective compared to other timber species
  • Readily available in dimensions larger than freshly cut wood
  • Dimensions are large enough to saw free of heart center (FOHC)
  • Environmentally responsible

These original smooth planed reclaimed Douglas fir timbers are loved by homeowners and timber-framers alike for their old growth  handsome grain patterns  air dried stability  and historic patina markings.
These original smooth planed reclaimed Douglas fir timbers are loved by homeowners and timber-framers alike for their old growth, handsome grain patterns, air dried stability, and historic patina markings.
We always have a great selection of reclaimed Douglas fir timbers with golden to brown tones.
We always have a great selection of reclaimed Douglas fir timbers with golden to brown tones.
Click here to read more about Douglas fir timbers and our product offering
Window view of a series of soaring Douglas fir timber-frame rafters
Window view of a series of soaring Douglas fir timber-frame rafters

Original Patina Rough Sawn


These timbers are usually offered in either circle sawn or band sawn surface textures. Older timbers that were made before the advent of sawmills can include sash sawn and pit sawn marks. Our reclaimed barn wood siding page provides a detailed look into these these different traditional sawing styles. Species include both hardwoods and softwoods, with Douglas fir, oak, and pine being the most common.

Our customer's use rough sawn brown boards to create interior design features such as this custom kitchen table
Our customer's use rough sawn brown boards to create interior design features such as this custom kitchen table
Comprehensive inventory of high quality reclaimed Douglas Fir timbers
Comprehensive inventory of high quality reclaimed Douglas Fir timbers

Dimensional Lumber


Dimensional lumber is rich chocolate brown with visible circle or band saw marks. Dimensions are as follows: 2" X 4-12", 3" X 4-13", and 4" X 6-16".

Rough sawn brown dimensional lumber with original surface patina
Rough sawn brown dimensional lumber with original surface patina
Rough sawn dimensional lumber with distinct old growth grain patterns and original patina
Rough sawn dimensional lumber with distinct old growth grain patterns and original patina

Original Patina Smooth Planed


These timbers were originally rough sawn and then planed smooth before their original installation. While they continued to acquire a natural patina over the course of their lives, their surfaces remain smooth to the touch.

Original smooth planed patina Douglas fir kitchen timber framing and accent features
Original smooth planed patina Douglas fir kitchen timber framing and accent features
Reclaimed original smooth patina Douglas fir timber framing with traditional joinery
Reclaimed original smooth patina Douglas fir timber framing with traditional joinery

Professional Reclamation Process


We carefully inspect, identify, and label each component of a barn’s or other heritage structure’s frame during its meticulous disassembly. Our refined reclamation process ensures that our end-products are only of the highest quality. This is acc=omplished in multiple ways:
  • Our careful selection of only the best heritage structures and timbers
  • Our insistence on using only professional teams of workers experienced in reclaiming heritage timbers
  • Our state of the art milling facility run by experienced technicians
  • Our knowledgeable, full-service staff that guides customers through every step of the process to meet project needs

Original Timber-Frame Components



Beams: We have beams that were used as plates, struts, sills, ties, and swings. Swing beams are typically the largest; they span the entire width of a barn and allow threshing floors to not be interrupted by center posts. They also create areas where livestock and wagons can move within a barn.

Posts: We stock corner, side, end, interior, and king posts. King posts serve as the center support timber for trusses and geometric frameworks.

Braces: Depending on a barn’s design, some braces are curved or were uniquely shaped to add a decorative touch to exposed framing. While curved braces can be shaped from straight timbers, some timber-framers prefer to craft them from trees that naturally curved.

For a more detailed list of timber-framing components and definitions, see Timber Home Living's Terminology Page.

25% original surface texture mixed mixed oak floor in 3"-6" widths  along with shiplapped mixed hardwoods interior paneling and massive hand hewn timber-framing. Mixed hardwood flooring and siding/paneling contains a diverse mixture of species  which commonly include maple  elm  oak  ash  and beech.
25% original surface texture mixed mixed oak floor in 3"-6" widths, along with shiplapped mixed hardwoods interior paneling and massive hand hewn timber-framing. Mixed hardwood flooring and siding/paneling contains a diverse mixture of species, which commonly include maple, elm, oak, ash, and beech.

Traditional Timber Framing Techniques


Before the age of the steel I-beam, massive old growth timbers formed the integral structure of heritage barns. It’s relatively easy to know when a barn was built and the technology that was available at the time by looking at the surface texture of a barn’s timbers and beams. Staggered score marks on a timbers’ surface indicates that it was hand-hewn; a broad axe was used to chip and chisel away the round edges of a log, and then an adze was used to further flatten it into a useable shape. Circle and band saw marks are indicative of barns built in the following eras.

When building a barn’s frame, timbers were joined together using one of two different architectural configurations: timber-frame or post and beam. The difference is simple. Timber-frame barns were built without the aid of metal plates or bolts; instead, traditional joinery techniques were used, such as mortise and tenon, bird-mouth, and tongue and fork. Post and beam architecture was a later development that utilized metal plates or bolts to join timbers and beams.

The various markings on our magnificent timbers and beams personify America’s heritage, while displaying rich character, sophistication, and elegance.

This home uses hand hewn hammer beams along with a very durable and lightly stained 100% clean mixed oak floor. The walls are composed of hand hewn slab siding to give the authentic look and feel of a hand hewn cabin.
This home uses hand hewn hammer beams along with a very durable and lightly stained 100% clean mixed oak floor. The walls are composed of hand hewn slab siding to give the authentic look and feel of a hand hewn cabin.


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