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Our recent trip to the Bay Area, which started off as a simple desire to spend time with
some friends, turned out to be one of our most productive visits ever. On a complete ﬂuke,
Kevin and I snagged a Saturday afternoon meeting with Michael Black, the founder and
president of Black’s Farmwood. This San Rafael, CA-based company is a purveyor of
reclaimed and salvaged wood in the form of timbers, ﬂooring, siding, and decking, and
they have the capability to custom mill wood for basically anything a client might need.
The raw material for these products comes from both old and new sources. On the old
side, wood is sourced from old barns and other buildings slated for demolition. Some of
the new wood comes from salvaged sinker logs. A strategic relationship with another Bay
Area company allows Black’s Farmwood to also salvage urban logs from surrounding cities
and turn them into beautiful, brand new product. (We visited on a rainy day, so we couldn’t
see the salvage yard, but it’s located just minutes from the ofﬁces.)
Some species offered by Black’s Farmwood are pine, oak, beech, hemlock, douglas ﬁr,
and ash. Red, white, brown, and gray barn board where everywhere to be seen. On full
display was a sample of really cool antique barn threshing ﬂoor. Michael’s network of
suppliers allows him to source material from throughout the country, but he also does
encourage local sourcing and is more than willing to work with clients to make sure
whatever product they choose has an origin that is closer to their location. This was of
particular interest for us, since we always explore local sourcing wherever possible.
We look forward to being able to incorporate some of these products into future projects.
In the meantime, if you want to see Black’s Farmwood products in action, check out their
Thank you, Michael, for all your time!
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11250 morrison street no. 201, north hollywood ca 91601