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Timeless Timber


Timeless Timber

Timeless Timber uses premium wood which is milled from logs that sank during the logging boom of the 1800's and early 1900's. These logs were perfectly preserved by the icy temperatures and low oxygen content of the waters of the Great Lakes.

Divers look at the bottom of the Great Lakes and in associated rivers to find sunken logs. They then attach cables and float the logs to the surface.

Timeless Timber is proud to be an environmentally conscious company. All of the reclaimed wood they mill is ecologically sound, and carries the environmental Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) seal of approval for 100% reclaimed underwater salvaged recycled timber. This means that none of their reclaimed timbers were harvested from current old-growth forests. They currently recover, reclaim and process two million board feet of lumber each year without sawing down one single tree.

Through extensive research and development, Timeless Timber has successfully refined its proprietary drying technology to preserve this treasure for generations to come.


HISTORY OF HOPE, IDAHO (Lake Pend Oreille)

Prior to the commencement of the logging era in this region, the shores of Lake Pend Oreille were covered down to the high water line with a dense evergreen forest of ponderosa pine, cedar, and larch. Higher elevations contained likewise dense concentrations of pine, fir, and cedar. In the 1880's northern Idaho saw an influx of large Midwestern lumber companies move into the old growth timberlands around Lake Pend Oreille. They used the difficult terrain to their advantage. The mountain slopes became flumes and chutes; sleighs moved all winter in heavy snow and the swollen rivers of spring provided log transportation to the mills. Hope was originally the location of a construction camp for the Northern Pacific Railroad, which began establishing this site in 1882. Due to the length of time involved in the construction of this section of the railroad, the camp materialized into a permanent town. It was platted in 1896 and became the home of the Hope Lumber Company in 1901. The company began operation in November of that year. The mill itself was located on the shores of the lake, just east of the railroad station. It was a band saw type mill with both lathe and planing capabilities. The planing mill itself was detached from the rest of the facility to minimize the risk of fire. Due to its use of the most modern time and labor saving machinery, along with full mill electric lighting, it became a model for all future lumber mills in that region. All logs milled by the Hope Lumber Company were floated down the Clark Fork River into Lake Pend Oreille where they were hauled by tug to the holding pond. The mill itself employed over one hundred men and records tell us that the mill started with a stock of 20 million board feet of logs in the pond. With the addition of a night crew, the mill became capable of generating 100,000 BDF every 24 hours. O.M. Field was the president of the company, with a W.F. Neinman as secretary and treasurer, and a Will Neinman as manager. The Hope Lumber Company remained in operation until 1916. The buildings themselves burned to the ground in the early 20's.



The Northern Louisiana region along the shores of the Ouchita River was once covered in a dense forest. These trees were growing there long before Columbus arrived in the New World. The earliest documented sawmill operating on the banks of the Ouachita, at the present location of West Monroe, Louisiana, was the Bry Sawmill built in about 1805, by Judge Isaac Bry, who received a land grant from John Baptiste Filhiol in 1804. Logs were transported to the sawmill site on log rafts of several hundred logs and then towed up the banks of the Ouachita into the mill by teams of mules and oxen. The lumber was processed by hand and manual saws into beams and lumber. It was then shipped mainly to New Orleans by flat barge and later by steamboat. Due to the density of this virgin, 200 to 1200 year old timber, and the lack of power for the log rafts, they frequently became jammed in the river bends. The slightest amount of silt on top of the log rafts would sink the entire raft. These sinker logs have been sitting on the bottom of the river for up to 200 years. Significant numbers of these logs still have the artifact markings of being cut with a broad axe. Resting on the bottom of the river for over a century or more has protected them from oxidation, infestation, and insecticides. It is simply some of the purest wood that can be purchased. Recycling this eye-appealing and robust virgin lumber not only provides an unmatched beauty in woodworking projects but has a positive conservation impact on our environment.









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