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Spring in Maine
Spring in Maine

Summer in Maine is gorgeous. Rousseau Reclaimed is located in South Portland, near the Scarborough line, and sometimes there’s a nice salt breeze drifting over from Smuggler’s Cove in Cape Elizabeth. The kiln is in the yard outside the shop, along with the sawmill, a salvaged antique workbench and tidy stacks of lumber. The Amtrak Downeaster roars by, loaded with…

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A Hunt for Reclaimed Lumber
A Hunt for Reclaimed Lumber

On a recent business trip to Ashland, Ohio, John acquired a truckload of reclaimed and antique hardwood 2×12’s, beech and elm as well as white oak granary board. These hardwoods have a dark, natural patina. He also picked up some beautifully weathered gray barn board for a residential customer in Maine. John finally found a truck big enough and hauled…

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Narcissus Restoration
Narcissus Restoration

Stacked in the yard at Rousseau Reclaimed in South Portland, Maine. A few of these beams are popular “sleeper” logs from a “bank” barn in Akron, Pennsylvania. This “reclaimed” poplar will be milled to make 13.5″ wide by 10-feet long boards for the exterior of the Narcissus. Then the painted poplar vertical, tongue and groove sheathing will then be attached…

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