riverbeds. The deconstruction process is heavily labor-intensive. Each piece must be removed one-by-one, and then de-nailed, processed and graded.
According to your needs for the house you are building, the reclaimed wood may be pressure washed and brushed, and then used just as it came from the de-construction site. The nail holes and notches should not be regarded as a defect, rather they give the wood its character, relaying a fascinating story that connects your new homeowner with the past. Or you can request that the shop cut and plane the reclaimed wood and then kiln-dry the planks. Kiln-drying protects the wood against warping and also eliminates any chance of insect infestation. The result of re-milling is that the deep, underlying grain and spectacular color of the reclaimed wood is exposed, and the surface will be more uniform.
Some of your homebuyer customers may simply love the unique look and feel of the vintage wood. They may value the rich patina more than anything else. However, you can explain to them that you are supporting sustainability by keeping the beautiful lumber out of the landfill. Reclaiming and reusing are considered even more sustainable practices than recycling, which involves crushing, grinding or melting material for re-fabrication. So when you seek out an exquisite piece of ancient wood to adorn the house you are building, let your clients know that you are helping make their environment a better place to live.