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We have a huge selection of reclaimed wood and steel, see below for pictures of some of our best selling materials.Materials are sold by the square foot, please call, email, or visit us for pricing information.
Brown Douglas Fir
Dark Brown Roof Board
Gray with Deep Red Tone
Gray and Brown Siding
Interior Brown Board
Corrugated Roof Steel
Burl Wood Selection
Buckeye and Willow Burl
Black Walnut Notched
Beams, Planks, Mantles, Live Edge Wood
White Oak Plank
2.5" x 5.5"Redwood Plank
2" x 6" Douglas Fir Planks
Maple Live Edge
Black Walnut Live Edge
8" x 8" Dogulas Fir Beams
Weathered Steel Plate 1/8"-1/2"
Diamond Plate Steel
WHY RECLAIMED WOOD?
The construction industry creates a massive amount of waste every day. By reclaiming some of the material used in the past, we can reduce this footprint and begin to make the building industry more sustainable as a whole.
However, the whole story can not be explained by the economy alone. Every piece of wood that enters our shop has been somewhere and has been a part of something greater at one time. Whether it was a barn built in the 19th century to help supply our industrializing nation with food, or a water tower built in Chicago to prevent the next great fire, every piece of wood retains the character of its previous place/home.
All of our reclaimed wood is sourced from the Midwest and shipped to our shop in Chicago where we give it a whole new life. Wall cladding in many of the city’s finest restaurants and bars is made from reclaimed wood. Fine office and residential furniture utilizes materials to their maximum potential. Reclaimed wood is the peak of this efficiency.
It is not only the look and texture of the wood that makes it what it is. It is the life that it had before it comes to us.
A lumberjack/woodsman/forester felled a tree that was alive during the revolutionary war. And it can be in your living room.
That is ” why reclaimed”.
Reclaimed Water Tower
Chicago Fabrications is a company devoted to using reclaimed wood while recognizing and preserving its natural beauty. We transform the reclaimed material into unique furniture pieces that tell stories.
Recently, we received the opportunity to do just that. With the help from a few lead partners, along with our team, we were able to dissemble a water tower in the south loop of Chicago. The purpose of the project was to maintain the integrity of the redwood after having served its’ purpose as a water tower.
Aside from being a part of Chicago history, another unique thing about this water tower is that it is built out of redwood, also known as Sequoia Sempervirens. Originating from California and Oregon, the redwood species contains the largest and tallest trees in the world. They can grow to a height of 367 feet and have a width of 22 feet, and live up to 1,000 years. Due to the high tannin content of the wood, insect damage is insignificant. The pieces from this specific water tower are well over 100 years old and are all 18 Feet long without a single knot. Real cool.
We are honored to be a part of this project. It is a rewarding feeling to have the opportunity to prolong the life of this wood and to continue to make history, while serving a purpose.
This piece is as Chicago as it gets!!!! It’s a part of history!
Chi Fabs team!