It’s a growing trend: reclaiming ancient timbers from buildings or other sources and reusing them in new construction. The old growth forests that still remain are off limits to logging (hallelujah), so when an old building is slated for demolition, the bidding for the timbers gets a little crazy. In the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, the old Esprit headquarters is being deconstructed (not demolished — the difference being that deconstruction preserves the wood) and the timbers will be sold for about $1 million. Check out the story in today’s Chronicle.
While most of the timbers from the Esprit headquarters are spoken for, if you have a hankering for furniture made from reclaimed wood, there’s a store in Potrero Hill called Meru Design that you should check out. They buy ancient teak from Indonesia, Thailand, and elsewhere from sugar mills, bridges, buildings, whatever, that are torn down, then make it into furniture.