My name is Eric Hay and I am the owner/operator of Hay's Auto Parts, Painting and Lumber. I have been in the salvage business since 1981 and in 2005 reorganized my business to include dismantling old barns and houses and began reclaiming lumber.
Reclaimed lumber is processed wood retrieved from its original application for purposes of subsequent use. Most reclaimed lumber comes from timbers and decking rescued from old barns and houses. Reclaimed or antique lumber is used primarily for decoration and home building, for example for siding, architectural details, cabinetry, furniture and flooring.
I deal with all types of wood but chestnut is my passion. Beginning in 1904, a chestnut blight spread across the US killing billions of American Chestnuts, so when these structures were later dismantled, they were a welcome source of this desirable but later rare wood for subsequent reuse. American Chestnut wood can be identified as pre or post-blight by analysis of worm tracks in sawn timber. The presence of worm tracks suggests the trees were felled as dead standing timber, and are post-blight lumber.