Two weeks ago, Centennial Woods in Laramie, WY announced they were awarded an exclusive, three-year contract with the Wyoming Department of Transportation for snow fence maintenance. That sounds great for Centennial, but what does it matter to you or us here at Re:klaim? Well, it just so happens that Centennial not only maintains snow fence, but they also reclaim old fence materials and replace them with new material. Where exactly does the reclaimed snow fence go? Read the full story below:
History // Centennial Woods began in 1999 with one goal: find a better ending to snow fence than the burn pile. Founder and CEO John Pope made the decision in over a decade ago to save the wood from snow fences and give them a second life. Prior to the reclamation effort, Wyoming's snow fence was left to rot or torn down and sent to the burn pile. Centennial Woods realized the potential for beautiful patina and vowed to rescue and reuse the worn out snowfence. Here is what Centennial Woods has to say about their reclamation effort:
Hundreds of miles of Wyoming Snowfence line the highways and byways, enduring the harsh elements to make travel safer during our seven-month winters of constantly blowing snow. It turns out these conditions are ideal for producing stunning and sustainable weathered wood. By developing an international market for this sustainable Wyoming resource, Centennial Woods has repurposed more than 7 million feet of reclaimed wood from Snowfence, saving Snowfence owners more than $11 million and avoiding emissions of more than 11,500 tons of CO2 emissions.
Use // Centennial Woods says snowfence retains integrity and strength even after years of abuse in the Wyoming climate. Boards are mounted above the ground, essentially eliminating rot and moisture damage. Due to Wyoming's climate, they are unaffected by bugs and animals as well, keeping them clean and free from damage or significant wear. These boards, when reclaimed, can be anywhere from 7-25 years old.
The current desire for reclaimed wood is incredible, to say the least, and Centennial Woods has carved out a niche in the market. They have now been working for over a decade to provide beautiful, patina-rich "barnwood" to customers for various uses such as siding, paneling, flooring, ceilings, wainscoting, millwork, trim, furniture, and other small projects. What makes their product so desirable? The answer is simple - versatility and the harsh Wyoming weather that gives the wood so much texture, depth and character - often more than other reclaimed woods.
Here are some great photos from Centennial Woods:
Contact // Even though snowfence will not work for every application, Centennial Woods reclaims and manufacturers an incredibly versatile product. Looking to put some in or on your home? Check out their website here: centennialwoods.com