William & Henry’s newly sawn wide plank floors are harvested from specially selected slow-growing trees that have reached maturity. The trees are carefully removed from the forest so as not to disturb the natural habitats and ecosystem of the surrounding land. The areas are studied to ensure that once a tree is extracted, new growth will replenish the forest in a healthy manner.
The relationships with the sawyers who find and cut timber for our custom wide plank floors have spanned two generations. These longtime Carlisle family associates source our wood from forests across the United States where the soil and growing conditions produce the most stable, highest-quality wood for each species. Our sawyers meticulously choose one tree at a time, just as we make one beautiful William & Henry floor at a time.
Recovering authentic pieces of antique and reclaimed wood must be done in an equally contentious, and carefully managed manner—and for this, William & Henry relies on trusted colleagues who continually improve techniques for reclaiming materials while minimizing waste. This allows us to continue to reuse, recycle and source wood in the proud Yankee tradition from large beams found in old buildings such as factories, mills, warehouses, and barns that are slated for demolition.
Reclaimed Heart Pine typically comes from old factories or mills that were built from the end of the Industrial Revolution through the early part of the 20th century. Reclaimed Oak, Reclaimed Chestnut, and Reclaimed Eastern White Pine are generally recovered from old dairy barns in the Ohio River Valley. The stories of these buildings are part of our national legacy, and it’s an honor for all of us here at William & Henry to bring that history into your home, and continue a tradition of American craftsmanship and ingenuity.