THERE’S PRACTICAL UNDERSTANDING THAT DEVELOPS WHEN WORKING WITH RECLAIMED MATERIALS. DEPTH OF CHARACTER, THE LOOK AND FEEL … THE HISTORY. EACH NEW PROJECT COMES WITH ITS OWN SET OF PARAMETERS MAKING IT UNIQUE. THESE PROJECTS CREATE DISTINCT EXPERIENCES THAT SEPARATE RECLAIMED MATERIALS FROM THEIR NEW, OFF THE SHELF COUNTERPARTS.
Anyone working in the industry knows that many challenges can arise when working with these types of materials. The types of problems that you probably wouldn’t face when working on newer, cookie cutter projects. Time, experience and research have taught them so much and have truly offered them a rare and different approach to any project they undertake. When they first look at a project, chances are, their perspective will be completely different. They’ll explore every possible way to salvage a maximum amount of materials so that they can be reused for a future project. By offering a turnkey concept where they handle both the decommissioning as well as the building, they’re uniquely positioned to offer a focus that allows them to find efficiencies that others might not spend the time doing.
Reclaimed materials tell a story that generic materials cannot. They have a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that ads character to a new construction. This naturally causes people to be curious about the materials’ origins. Where did this come from? What was it before it was this…? How old is it…? It’s that passion for the trade that has built Aged Woods’ reputation. Their love for recreating history brings together warmth, mythology, and even romance to create a finished product that almost always exceeds expectations.
It was in 2002 that Aged Wood Demolition & Recycling Inc. first saw the light of day. While construction and earthworks go back three generations in the Sutcliffe family, the appetite for salvage and preservation began when development threatened a barn, which had been built by Donald Sutcliffe’s great great grandfather. It was then that the process of cataloguing, blueprinting and disassembling began. The 4,000 sq. ft. timber framed building was moved and re-erected where it finds new use today, on a farm owned by his father.
Relocating the barn is what piqued Donald’s curiosity about the salvage industry and led him to start up what is now known as Aged Wood. Over the years and with each new client, Mr. Sutcliffe has continued exploring unique ways to express his gift.
He is deeply passionate about the repurposed materials industry and their raw historic beauty. What makes working with these types of materials most exciting? Being able to utilize the materials in a practical way that reflects a building style that simply isn’t used anymore. It goes beyond the concept of reusing materials. It becomes an art – taking the best of the previous architectural styles and blending them with the most interesting modern styles thus creating something truly original!
There’s an expression that claims that a bus will always run smoothly when you have the right people sitting in the right places on that bus. Mr. Sutcliffe has a knack for not only hiring the best for each task at hand, but he also creates an environment in which they thrive and want to continue being a part of. Deeply methodical, fiercely competitive and fair, Aged Woods likes to keep their staff on as long as the fit is right and everyone on the bus is happy. Not surprisingly, they can count decades of combined experience in wood working and timber framing.