We've traveled far and wide, seeking rare and unique historic reclaimed wood for our clients...   
While traveling across the country to find rare antique wood for an upscale renovation project here in Boston, owner and lumber buyer Arnie Jarmak unearthed a serious treasure trove of historic wood tied to several important moments in our nations history. From a textile mill in the Midwest, to the world's largest chewing gum factory in Chicago, and even the birthplace of U.S. copper industry right here in New England. We've got the wood that built a nation. This is the story.
Girl weaving at the Lincoln Cotton Mill. Evansville, Indiana. 1908. Lewis Hines. Image courtesy of Library of Congress.
"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera." -Lewis Hines

In 1908, Lewis Hines captured the image above of a young girl working at the Lincoln Cotton Mills in Evansville, Indiana. His photographs tell the story of a life of hardships for many factory workers, mostly young women and children, in the early 1900's. Three years later in 1911, a yellow brick building, in the classic revival style of the era, was constructed at 333 Summer Street, then in the heart of Boston's burgeoning Wool Row District. While in Chicago, another industrial mega-complex was built by WM Wrigley Jr. Company to manufacture its signature gum flavors like Spearmint, and Double-mint. Located hundreds of miles apart, and constructed for seemingly different purposes, these three buildings today provide a unique story about our past, present, and future as it relates to the heritage of industry in America.

Lincoln Cotton Mill. Evansville, Ind. c.1919
WM Wrigley Jr. Co. Chicago, Ill. c.1911

Over the years, these buildings would be transformed to serve many other purposes than originally intended, their heavy timber and brick construction adapted to each new use, until their industries, most likely manufacturing, ultimately dried up. Last December, in the midst of major renovations to restore the buildings aging structure, 333 Summer Street was ravaged by a devastating 8-alarm fire, destroying many of the original old-growth heavy timbers, that were in otherwise sound condition, even after 100 years of use. Within just a few months, in the summer of 2014, after many years of neglect and waning use the Wrigley Gum Factory, and the Lincoln Cotton Mill were demolished.

Wrigley Gum Factory demolition.
All cleaned up and ready to bundle.
Processing timbers for shipment in AL.

The Jarmak Corporation
Premium reclaimed lumber from historic buildings throughout the country.

It is the wood, rather fittingly, that is the unbreakable bond linking these historic industrial era buildings together. The Jarmak Corporation will continue diligently with efforts to scour the country in search of the finest historic reclaimed wood out there. In this case, matching the existing look of the original heavy timbers was a key element in the redesign and development of over 45,000 square feet of commercial space for our clients at 333 Summer Street, now the heart of Boston's tech-savvy Innovation District. This required hundreds of high quality, old-growth beams, and many thousands of square feet of premium decking that was milled to the exact same sizes and specifications of the original timbers and wood over 100 years ago!

Architect's rendering of interior space utilizing exposed reclaimed beams and columns at 333 Summer St.

In the end, the wood required to complete this project would come from several amazing and truly historic sites across the country, including timbers from Evansville, Indiana and Chicago, as well as a former Russel Wear Athletics factory in Alabama, and to top it off, wood saved from the birthplace of the U.S. copper industry in Canton, Massachusetts. It was there, in 1801 that the famed "midnight rider" and silversmith Paul Revere successfully rolled copper for the first time in America, effectively establishing one of the most vital industries to this country (more on this to come!).

Reclaimed timbers and decking installed at 333 Summer St.
Two men work to insure the heavy timbers are secure.

Now you know the story of our premium reclaimed wood. So what's yours?

It's okay, you can share with us too! Just click on the share links throughout this letter to spread the word of on facebook, twitter, instagram, and the (half dozen other social media sites we connect to) about the benefits of using reclaimed wood. With a little innovation, and a lot of hard work, we'd like to think we're helping to start a new revolution in America, built very literally from the decaying, but far from dead, buildings of old. Every day we're working with architects, designers, builders, and developers to ensure that the legacy, the beauty, and the history contained within every piece of premium reclaimed wood we save can be shared in the buildings of tomorrow.

Reclaimed antique wood for every surface.
Professionals have purchased our wide-plank salvaged wood flooring for use in all building applications, as we have many species, textures, colors, and styles to choose from including: antique spruce (left), antique Hemlock (center), and antique Fir (right).

Contact us today via e-mail, online, or call 866.709.8821 for availability, sizes, and pricing of these limited stock items.
Local small business owners love our environmentally friendly wood!

We recently supplied some of our very popular original face antique hemlock to the Verde Boutique Salon in Braintree, MA.

Sustainable, healthy for you wood was a great fit for this eco-consious up and coming business. 
Gorgeous antique heart pine timbers arriving at our yard daily.
This year we have provided hundreds of thousands of raw reclaimed stock to numerous local businesses looking to use sustainable, historic reclaimed wood to outfit their spaces. At our lumber yard in Oxford, Massachusetts, we carry a variety of species like reclaimed hemlock, reclaimed oak, reclaimed heart pine, reclaimed spruce and more.

Stop by our yard for samples, or call us today to find out how to reclaim your space with genuine antique lumber from The Jarmak Corporation.


Looking for ideas to jumpstart your next building project using reclaimed wood? 
Our professional staff can help you choose the right reclaimed wood for the job! We've worked with many top building and design professionals, as well as homeowners, artists, and do-it-yourselfers in the Boston area on large and small residential and commercial building projects incorporating our fine reclaimed wood products.  
We carry many species of historic, antique reclaimed wood to accomodate all building styles. So whether you're just going for the "look", or you need structural timbers to carry the load, we've got you covered.

Visit us at the #reclaimedlumberyard
Looking to use reclaimed lumber for your next building project, but don't know where to start? Stop by our yard just an hour outside of Boston. There, you can see all of our premium quality reclaimed wood products, get ideas for your projects, and take home samples to share! We keep a wide selection of reclaimed wood on hand, in various species of all shapes and sizes to meet any of your needs.  

Hand Hewn Lumber
Reclaimed Antique Timbers

Harvested from local sources, our yard stocks a premium grade of unpainted, genuine antique hand-hewn timbers including native species such as: chestnut, fir, hemlock, heart pine, spruce, and more. View our inventory. 

Antique Wide Plank 
Native New England Softwood Flooring

Available in 3/4" x 5"  to 12" and lengths of up to 16 feet, this antique, original surface tongue and groove flooring was manufactured at the turn of the last century by local craftsmen. Shown here skip-planed and oiled. Read the story.

Original Surface
Reclaimed Hemlock Decking

Beautiful Hemlock 2x8 decking. It's unpainted,  and the original tongue and groove is left intact for that ultimate antique look.We offer this material in a variety of finishes, including raw, original surface, skip-planed, wired-brushed, and sanded. View our inventory.

Antique Doors
Reclaimed Solid Heart Pine 

They just don't make them like this anymore! Our inventory is stocked with over one hundred high quality 4 and 6-panel Antique Victorian solid wood doors, in many standard sizes from 2'-0" widths and up. We also have original door hardware, hinges, trim and moulding to accompany them! Contact us today for sizes, pricing, and availability.

For fine custom reclaimed flooring and millwork please be sure to visit our sister company Antique Lumber Co.
Architects and builders trust our products in their environmentally-friendly building projects, including those that seek the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification, historic restorations, new construction or in any other application where the characteristics of reclaimed old-growth wood are desired. 

The Jarmak Corporation l 12 Pembroke St. l Chelsea, MA 02150
p.617.548.1829      f. 617.884.1520     e. info@jarmakwood.com

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