Tobacco Wood Flooring: What Is It And Where Does It Come From
Crafted from the wood found in old structures that have been used to dry and cure tobacco, this wood has really lived, and has plenty of stories to tell. Tobacco has been a major cash crop in the southern and mid western united states for the past 200 years and has led to the construction of many structures dedicated to it's drying process. After the tobacco is harvested it is hung to dry in large barns for several months before it is sold and processed. The barns are open from floor to ceiling allowing the tobacco to be hoisted up and hung on supports throughout the building. This open design allows for the maximum amount of tobacco to be placed in the barn as well as for the air to be able to circulate through the plants.
As the tobacco industry has become smaller due to increased health awareness, the old barns used to dry the harvested tobacco plants have become less important and many have fallen into disrepair, and have even been abandoned. Because of the high commercial value derived from the tobacco most of these structures were built well with the best quality materials available at the time, yielding solid and beautiful material through reclamation today.
Deep rich color tones are abundant throughout the wood, making reclaimed tobacco wood flooring a great choice for floors, stair parts and other decorative elements where a rustic patina rich look is desired. Barns used to dry tobacco were often painted black to absorb heat from the sun, aiding in the drying process. When wood is exposed to natural heat the patinal and color of the wood is naturally enhanced giving it a darker aperance.
Matching stair treads, risers and other stair parts can add the right finishing touches to a floor. Tobacco wood with its rich patina enhances the look of these elements by giving them a time worn feel that is dark and has the appearance of being in the same place for decades instantly.
Using the interior joists, boards and beams found in the buildings, flooring and other design elements are carefully crafted to have the appearance only found in woods that have been exposed to the elements for decades. Warm brown tones combined with hints of gold and red hues make this wood very attractive and timeless.
Only found in specific buildings within certain regions of the country tobacco wood flooring is rare indeed, making it a unique product that is sought after and only available in limited quantities as it is located and reclaimed.
Rich with a working history, reclaimed tobacco wood flooring provides a look that cannot be replicated with new wood and has deep character. Design styles benefiting from warm and authentic materials will embrace tobacco wood flooring as a distinctive element used to create charm and warmth.