Iron Sides Timbers

One of the biggest finds in reclaimed history!

While excavating for a rehabilitation hospital at a historic naval shipyard, a treasure was discovered. Gorgeous Oak Beams, Hundreds of them.

Our research thus far has determined that this pristine, hand hewn oak, was specifically to be used for the building and restoration of our US Warships from the Tall Ship era. They were unearthed in what was once a timber basin at the Navy Yard where they had laid for over a century under dirt and mud.

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The wood is in fantastic condition and can be used for any and all possible projects.

We are being extremely careful in the handling, sawing, and drying of this material as it is without a doubt the most special lumber I have ever seen. We have only cut one small timber to get a close up look and for sample material as all of this lumber will be milled for special order and only on a per job basis.

These are well preserved timbers. They started the excavation for the new rehabilitation hospital two years ago and immediately uncovered this treasure. Luckily the owner of the excavation company was a historian and an avid wooden boat hobbyist and expert. They were building the hospital on what used to be a US Navy timber receiving dock between 1800 and 1890. It was like uncovering the skeletons of old ships only these had never been used. An article written by Peter Schworm of the Boston Globe dated June 9, 2011 states: “The white oak salvaged from Charlestown dated to the 1860’s and came from Ohio, specialists at the University of Arizona have determined. The Live oak, while difficult to date, probably comes from the same era, when it was treasured by shipbuilders for its gentle curves and extreme durability.” To cut a long story short, I have bought many of these timbers.

The rest went to the Mystic Seaport and have already been used to help restore the USS Morgan, the oldest whaling ship in existence. A small amount was saved by the excavating contractor for another historic project. It is the most incredible lumber I have ever seen. I have been a woodworker for 38 years. I have been taking down barns and reclaiming wood for most of that time starting on my family farm in 1980. In all that time I have never milled a full length board with this figure let alone every beam has it from one end to the other. Each and every beam has a serial number carved into the end. Most are plainly legible.

The wood is in fantastic condition and can be used for any and all possible projects. We are being extremely careful in the handling, sawing, and drying of this material as it is without a doubt the most special lumber I have ever seen. We have only cut one small timber to get a close up look and for sample material as all of this lumber will be milled for special order and only on a per job basis. Please see the images below to fully understand what a remarkable find this truly is.

“The first time I saw them, I was in Awe!”

The first beam we cut, the outside skin and the inside 1″ deep. Just gorgeous and all of this wood is this special!

 

It is all figured and very tight. It’s understandable as all of these beams were chosen for strength to withstand cannonballs and full on Broadsides!

This gives you an idea as to the variance of grain and color we could pick out for you.

It was noted that 18 POUND cannon balls just bounced off Old Ironsides! That’s how she got her name. Looking at how dense the grain is in this wood, it’s understandable!

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