LARAMIE, WYOMING. (November, 01 2012)
Centennial Woods announced that it was awarded a three-year Snowfence maintenance contract by the Wyoming Department of Transportation. This is the lengthiest and largest contract WYDOT has ever awarded for Snowfence maintenance and wood reclamation.
“This contract secures our ability to consistently provide our customers with reclaimed Wyoming Snowfence wood. We are also very excited to continue helping the state of Wyoming to maintain the Snowfences for the safety of the highways, all the while contributing positively to the environment by reclaiming wood, rather than seeing it go to the landfill” stated Ed Spal, Centennial Woods’ CEO.
About Centennial Woods
Centennial Woods was founded in 1999 to reclaim wood from Wyoming Snowfences and repurpose it for a second life. Before Centennial Woods began harvesting Wyoming Snowfence, older boards were often left on the frame until they failed and then burned or thrown into a landfill. Centennial Woods discovered the wood’s strength and beauty and vowed to rescue and reuse it.
Centennial Woods Snowfence maintenance and reclamation process has saved miles of beautiful weathered wood from the landfill. To date, Centennial Woods has reclaimed 8 million linear feet of Wyoming Snowfence, the equivalent of about 150 miles, keeping more than 12,000 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere and saving the state of Wyoming and other entities more than $14 million.
Centennial Woods’ Reclaimed Wyoming Snowfence is chemical free and naturally weathered for decades in Wyoming’s arid wind. Reclaimed wood from Snowfence is utilized for a wide array of applications including siding, paneling, flooring, ceilings, wainscoting, millwork, trim, furniture, and signs.
As always, thank your for your interest in Centennial Woods and our environmentally friendly products.
Centennial Woods has been included in Interior & Sources’ first issue of 2012 as part of their “Materials Pavilion”. Take a look on page 33 http://digitaledition.interiorsandsources.com/January_2012/ or pick this month’s issue of Interiors & Sources.
Check out our article in this September’s issue of Green Building and Design http://gbdmagazine.com/2011/08/september-2011/
Erin Loechner- “Check out how Ken and I turned an empty, forgotten space into a custom shelving unit using reclaimed Wyoming snowfence (thanks, Centennial Woods!)”
…to get the rough, lived-in look I wanted, we contacted a Wyoming-based company called Centennial Woods for some Reclaimed Snowfence and with that, the project began. FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2011/04/27/laundry-room-makeover-in-progress/
Some years ago, as I began a demolition on a kitchen for a client, I began to wonder where all the materials that were being ripped out would go. I saw them go into a dumpster, but where was that going? The answer I got was “AWAY”…. And to me, “AWAY” wasn’t so much a state of mind, but a place. A real place, called the LANDFILL where these materials would languish for years, perhaps even centuries. So quite simply, that’s where my quest began to search for materials that were going to be kinder to the planet and make less of an impact.
“Low Impact” to me means many things: it could mean buying things locally, to cut on carbon emissions from transport over long distances. Or using lumber that’s from a protected source. Energy efficient appliances, WaterSense certified plumbing fixtures, or materials that can be recycled after their usefulness is over. I think we all know about most of these things at this stage of the game, and it’s becoming pretty easy to find materials that are green, even at the local home store.
As an interior designer, it’s also becoming easier to find furniture and finish materials that are low impact. It wasn’t the case a few years ago. Everything that was ‘natural’ or ‘green’ usually had an organic or ‘hippie’ type look to it. I really wanted to get away from that, and deliver a sleek, sophisticated interior with no compromise. Nowadays there are a number of really great furniture companies that practice sustainability. Sometimes these things come with a higher price tag, and that can be a deal breaker for someone who’s on a budget.
When I was designing the interiors of this year’s ReVision House in Orlando, I really wanted to make a statement about the RE in ReVision. After all, this house was a RE-model of an existing home. Remodeling existing housing stock is the greenest thing you can do, and I wanted to try to find materials and finishes for the house that would ultimately carry the RE theme throughout the house. I decided to use existing or second-hand furniture. Reupholstering existing sofas and chairs that were mis-matched in a unifying fabric would work, so I began looking around for some used ones. I found some at a garage sale, and at a local thrift store, and got some amazing fabric from ENVIRO TEXTILES in a natural organic hemp fabric, which retails for around $25 a yard. I covered virtually everything in this fabric, to give it a cohesive look, even though the pieces were all a little different. I also found a cool coffee table made from reclaimed lumber, and an outdoor table and stools that I re-purposed as a wine-tasting table. The ceramic tile I used throughout the main areas of the house from Ragno boasts a whopping 40% pre-consumer recycled content. Pretty impressive!
There’s a company in Wyoming called Centennial Woods that reclaims wood from snow fences across the state and sells the sustainable harvested wood for both interior and exterior applications. Unlike other reclaimed wood (barns and other structures), this snow fence has never been painted or chemically treated, and is a more reliable source for lead and arsenic free reclaimed wood. They have repurposed more than 5 million feet of wood, saving snow fence owners more than $9M and avoiding more than 9,000 tons of CO2 emissions. The wood can be used for flooring, furniture, and exterior siding. Here’s a beautiful floor made of the reclaimed snow fence. Gorgeous!
So here’s what I’m getting at: Think about what you want or need before you buy it. I mean really THINK. If you can’t afford the latest and the greatest, can you do with what you have? Can you RE-use or RE-purpose things you already own? It can be made to be fresh, beautiful and RE-useable, if you give it a chance. If you do need to buy things like wood flooring or ceramic tile, check out what’s available with a RE-cycled content, or made from RE-cycled wood. It’s all here already. And that’s its own RE-ward!
If interior design trends had a fashion week, reclaimed wood wall paneling would be strutting its stuff on every designer’s catwalk this season.
But if the very thought of wood paneling gives you nasty flashbacks to great-grandma’s knotty pine rec room, think again.
Gone is the over varnished look of yore. Today’s walls are all about texture and patina. That’s where the natural look of reclaimed wood comes in. It’s the perfect foil for warming up an otherwise sleek, modern interior, like this beautiful old growth white oak wall by Elmwood does.
Even in cooler, gray tones, a reclaimed wood wall can provide much-needed texture and interest to a room. Here it is reclaimed Berkshire pine barn siding from Wood by Stone Source.
The paneling doesn’t even have to be in, well,… panels. This dynamic looking wall, by Barnwood Naturals, was created using timber round end cuts.
For truly weathered appearance, and a striking gray patina, this paneling of Wyoming Snowfence, by Centennial Woods, can’t be beat.
Reclaimed wood really gives a warm welcoming appearance, as this beautiful paneling by Pioneer Millworks does for a spa lobby.
Even with all the texture inherent in reclaimed wood, sometimes a project just needs a little more oomph. If that’s the case, these amazing carved panels from B & N Industries would definitely do the trick.
So what you think? Would you put reclaimed wood on your walls?
Reclaimed wood is always a great thing to utilize. If your anything like me, you probably see using reclaimed wood as an inspired act. You could even make the argument that it is essential in any green home.
One Wyoming company, Centennial Woods, utilizes old snowfence planks as beautiful reclaimed wood. I was really pretty surprised to hear about what they are doing…
…Kind of a “that makes too much sense not to do” kind of thing. Anyway, the wood reclaimed from the snowfences looks pretty amazing, I must say.
The reclaimed wood from the siding has a very unique look to it.
The wood has a very unique look as it has been weathered for years in the frigid Wyoming winter wind. I love the weathered look…
The furniture you could have made from it would look great, but what I really like is the siding.
I spoke with a representative of Centennial Woods named Kyle Henriksen. He was cool enough to answer these questions for me:
- How many snow fences are there in Wyoming?
- Wyoming has close to 300 miles of snow fence.
Snowfences are a basic necessity in Wyoming. With over 97million square miles and only 544K people, not many trees, and never-ending wind, there is really nothing to stop the snow from blowing across the state and forming drifts wherever they want. Wyoming has several major interstates and railroad routes and it costs the state and private companies a lot of money to continually plow the transit routes; also, creating huge amounts of emission from the plows and machinery used in the clearing process. We dictate where the drifts occur and herd the snow just like the cattle we have out here!
What is the environmental impact of these old fences and the reclaimed wood from them?
In the past, once the wood on the fences was too dilapidated to be effective, it was torn down and
A solitary Wyoming snowfence, ripe for it’s reclaimed lumbeput in a landfill or burned. We are happy to give it a wonderful second life!
To date, Centennial Woods has turned 6 million linear feet of Wyoming snow fence into reclaimed wood.
This is roughly the equivalent of about 105 miles. Pretty amazing stuff, right?
Here’s the best part of this reclaimed wood:
It also is helping to keep more than 10,000 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere and saving the state of Wyoming and other entities more than $10 million.
Here are a few more questions Keith answered for me about the reclaimed wood…
- What can people use the wood for?
- The use of the reclaimed wood is limitless and really up to the imagination of the designer, builder, homeowner, etc. Most often, the wood is used for siding, soffits, trim, flooring, ceilings, ceilings, wall paneling or wall features, cabinetry and even furniture! We love when our customers get creative with our product and always encourage them to share their projects with us.
- What is the Vision & Mission statement of your organization.
- Centennial Woods’ mission is to continue its industry leadership and growth in the reclaimed lumber and flooring market, providing customers the premier option for beautiful, naturally weathered wood that is sustainably harvested and free of lead and arsenic based paints/treatments and VOC off-gassing.
Reclaimed wood siding…
This is an absolutely fantastic company. First off, I get some of the best looking, natural wood available. They save tax dollars; they save the state; and their based exclusively upon recycling and reclaiming wood! My kinda company…
- How many snow fences are there in Wyoming?