Although Cataumet’s customized floors come in a variety of woods and finishes, antique heart pine is especially popular—but its availability is extremely limited. “It’s a finite product and it is getting harder and harder to find,” Adams says. Because of its limited supply, Adams says it is essential that the wood come from a source other than the forest. One of the best places to find this coveted material he says, is from old buildings that are being torn down. “New England is the best source of reclaimed wood. We are getting a load of lumber today from an old warehouse in Dorchester that was recently demolished,” Adams says.
While some of Adams’ customers are purchasing their floors and cabinets from Cataumet Sawmill because of the green practices Adams employs in every phase of the manufacturing process—even the sawdust is repurposed—many, he says, are choosing his products because of the unique beauty and quality of the materials. “Most of our customers come to us because they want something that is one-of-a-kind,” he says.
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