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Beam (BM) Specifications

At E&K we consider a beam to be any lumber that is 5" thickness and 5" width to be classified as a beam.   Almost all the species that we carry in lumber we also carry in beams.  With certain species more common than others for beams.  

SURFACE

When we receive reclaimed beams they may have one of three surface textures.

Hand Hewn:  The beam has been made by hand with an Adze, a special type of axe that people used prior to the advent of large commercial milling operations.  The use of the Adze leaves distinct cuts in the wood as the round log was "hewn" into a square log.  A hand hewn beam is one of the most distinct products we carry.  It is a real piece of American history.  Generally the Hand Hewn beams are 100 + years old.

Rough Sawn:  The beam has been cut by a band saw or circle saw and is still in its rough condition.  The wood has not been dressed or planed and if purchased today quite often is still green not completely dried.  The rough sawn beams we obtain for the most part are 50 - 100 years old and are completely dry.   They have the rough texture and the circular saw marks are still visible on the wood.  

S4S:  Surfaced on 4 sides

To be continued....

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