Tobacco Wood: Can You Smell the History?


Can You Smell the History?

When I hear term tobacco wood, I imagine the smell of my father’s old pipe wafting out a smoky plume that had a delicious cherry smell.  Well, tobacco wood does not actually smell but, back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, many farmers who lived in the fertile river valleys grew tobacco. Using a mixture of pine species as siding, floor joists and roof rafters, they constructed barns for drying tobacco – a unique process that gave what we call tobacco pine its heavily mixed color and character.

Tobacco-stained pine hardwood flooring creates a unique, “old pine” appearance with deep, rich shades of brown and red intermingled with the wood’s original honey color. As with any reclaimed pine, tobacco pine hardwood flooring features knots, cracks, nail holes, wormholes and watermarks which only add to the abundance of characteristics in this wood. This dark, naturally weathered look will add a piece of history, warmth and charm to a more rustic décor.

Reclaimed wall and ceiling treatments have made their mark, and now, rustic wood flooring is following suit. People are blending rustic and chic styles together to create the warmth of homes from yesteryear with a modern design.

Another way to bring a little piece of history into your home is through a custom made farm table made from re-milled tobacco barn boards.

If you decide on a cool new ceiling, paneling or flooring, you can be happy in knowing that you’ve made a wonderfully green choice by upcycling. “Upcycling” is a spin on recycling. It is repurposing existing materials into something new. It’s a progressive, energy-efficient way to give new life to decaying or unused structures — generally made of wood.

Tobacco wood will make a statement in any home and undoubtedly be a conversation piece for years to come. If you’re interested in learning more, please give us a call today at (860) 927-3351.


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