Mantle beams - reclaimed spruce
We have a healthy stock of 20+ year old reclaimed spruce timbers that are available for your projects.
These reclaimed beams were cut at 6"x12" and 8"x12" by dimensions and have air dried down approximately 3/4" across each dimension. Each one is unique in the way they were sawn and weathered. Typically they have at least two very appealing faces, some have four beautifully weathered surfaces.
Many of these trees were old growth spruce. It's not uncommon to find a beam in the pile from a 100+ year old tree with very tight grain patterns.
The timbers are sold by the board foot and can be milled to your desired size. The smaller beams are approximately 5 bdft per linear foot, the larger 6.8 bdft/linear foot. This equates to $50 and $60 per linear foot.
The timbers are air dried down to roughly 15-25%. They are not kiln dried so if brought inside an average home they will shrink as they acclimate to the drier, heated indoor air.
These trees were the victim of a catastrophic spruce bark beetle infestation in the 90's that decimated much of the peninsula's spruce forests. It became clear these trees either needed to be harvested or left to fall and rot. The forest fire hazard was a major concern with so many standing dead trees. We don't know the exact history of these trees but a few hundred of them made their way to an old fashioned circular saw mill that cut them into beams about 12' long. They were then erected as a fence on the Homer Spit where they stood for approximately 20 years. This proved to be a perfect spot for weathering the surface of the timbers with salty air, wind, and sunshine.
We were fortunate to procure a large stock of these reclaimed timbers from the contractors hired to demo the fence. This wood has been a pleasure to work with and you'll find it in many of our products here at Alaskan Viking Co. from interior furniture to timber frame entryways.
Poots peak wall shelf
I grew up under the view of poots peak in the Kenai mountain range from Homer, Alaska. Yes, as a kid I thought it was poop peak. The iconic outline...
Pedestal Table - reclaimed wood and concrete
When we set out to build a pedestal table we wanted it to feel solid and timeless, beautiful and functional, simple and refined.
Reclaimed wood and concrete give this table a timeless feel. Concrete is used for bridges and building foundations for good reason. These reclaimed timbers spent 20 years out in the weather and should easily last another 100+ inside your home.
The seamless concrete top has an understated elegance with a smooth easy to clean surface. Reclaimed beams revealed the natural beauty of the wood grain and saw marks as they aged in the salty coastal air. The large timbers make for a very solid and stable pedestal that balances the weight of the concrete top both visually and functionally.
A simple beam post and X feet provided all the structure we needed with no visual excess.
The table tops are poured in Homer, Alaska by Dimond Concrete.
Reclaimed spruce timbers
The stock for these reclaimed wood and steel accent tables comes from old growth forests on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. These trees were the victim of a catastrophic spruce bark beetle infestation in the 90's that decimated much of the peninsula's spruce forests. It became clear these trees either needed to be harvested or left to fall and rot. The forest fire hazard was a major concern with so many standing dead trees. We don't know the exact history of these trees but a few hundred of them made their way to an old fashioned circular saw mill that cut them into 6" x 12" and 8" x 12" beams about 12' long. They were erected as a fence on the Homer Spit where they stood for approximately 20 years. This proved to be a perfect spot for weathering the surface of the timbers with salty air, wind, and sunshine.
We were fortunate to procure a large stock of these reclaimed timbers from the contractors hired to demo the fence. This wood has been a pleasure to work with and you'll find it in many of our products here at Alaskan Viking Co. from interior furniture to timber frame entryways. We also sell it by the board foot to other craftsmen.
- Table height: 30 inches
Table width: 38 inches (square)
Table weight: Approximately 130lbs
Can be disassembled for transporting.
Salmon wall shelf with hooks
Functional art for all the salmon lovers out there!
I set out to create something beautiful and unique that could enter your daily life.
Wood, steel, and concrete - the magic trifecta. If you haven't experienced the combination of these materials it's hard to describe. Strong, solid, hard, soft, cold, warm, smooth and textured all together.
Neighbor Rob Wiard has been producing concrete panels with salmon as a sort of ongoing experiment. I guess his enthusiasm was contagious and my imagination would not be still amongst the growing stacks of schools of salmon.
Looking around the shop I put the pieces together, first a strong steel frame to hold the heavy and solid concrete. Then warm and storied wood to soften things and create a shelf and space for the hooks.
These wall shelves with hooks will fit into entryways, bathrooms, bedrooms and. . .?
Every piece is unique and one of a kind. Small changes are made in the steel frames as materials and ideas come and go. Every concrete panel has different coloring and patterns. The wood shelf and hook boards are selected and processed to highlight unique characteristics whether driftwood cedar, live edge birch, or weathered spruce.
When you order please describe your selected piece. If I have any questions I'll contact you to clarify. Custom colors and sizes are available, Contact Us for a quote.
Depth: 1 1/2"
Weight: 35 lbs (approximate)
Available in custom sizes. Please contact us for a quote.
The school of salmon are cast in concrete by neighbor Rob Wiard from an original sculpture by Brad Hughes. Rob has been creating these panels of salmon as a way to use waste from counter top pours and also to experiment with colors and textures. Needless to say this results in some truly unique pieces.
Wood - Varied species
Red cedar driftwood gathered from Alaskan beaches and milled in house to highlight the weathered gray edges and warm red tones.
Alaska Birch harvested, milled, and dried locally. It's processed carefully to highlight the shapes, live edge, and grain patterns of this smooth hard wood.
Reclaimed weathered spruce salvaged from various locations around Alaska. This wood has a unique texture and weathering for an authentic rustic style.
Metal - Reclaimed Steel
Assembled into shipping crates in Canada this steel made its way to Homer, Alaska carrying and protecting construction equipment. Most of it then sat out in the weather for 1-2 years developing a nice rusty surface patina. We chop the shipping crates up into usable sections and repurpose it into all kinds of projects. We love the rusty color and structural strength of this 1 1/4" reclaimed steel. It provides a strong yet minimal framework.