Patriot Barn Oak

Every piece of wood tells a story—if you know how to read it. Sandy East, owner of American Antique Lumber, harvested the wood for the Patriot Barn Oak topsheets from an old dairy barn in the Ohio River Valley. The wood is more than 600 years old, which means it was growing long before Christopher Columbus set sail for the New World. “You can tell the quality of the wood from the older barns vs barns built after 1870,” East said. “There’s a difference in how they tooled stuff, too.”

This particular veneer is a white oak, which was prized by the settlers for flooring and furniture. (It’s the same wood that graces Telluride’s famous New Sheridan Bar.) It’s aged and weather-worn, making a beautiful piece of living history you can have in your skis. “It’s a durable, dense wood, high up on the hardness scale. It has a lot of history to it,” East said.

For more about East and his historic hardwoods, read our recent interview with him.


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