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What Reclaimed Wood Really Means

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When looking for this popular kind of wood, don’t shy away from asking about a piece’s true origins. Wood described as “reclaimed” may not come straight from one barn, bowling alley, or farmhouse. Rustic-looking furniture can also be assembled with upcycled wood from disparate sources, or simply finished to achieve the salvaged patina that is so popular these days, says Seamus Fairtlough, owner of Fairtlough Restoration, in New York City.