Our Antique Wood products are reclaimed from old barns & houses from the early 1800's through to about 1900. All the trees used from this period were all old growth trees, gigantic and slow growing. They contained tighter growth rings. They are better quality in every way and much prettier than new lumber.
As for Antique Chestnut, it is only available as an antique product due to the Chestnut blight in the early 1900's.
Antique wood in general has a lot of Patina or deepened color which is due to the oxidation over the years. It is also caused by the years of moisture, light and wear through all of the seasons. The oxidation process and as in the case of Antique Oak, the air reacts with the tannic acid in the wood, then creates a beautiful piece of art.
New wood is still beautiful but contain larger growth rings. New wood lacks the color, the patina, age cracks and worm holes that create richness. Also since most new wood is not "reclaimed" (meaning salvaged from a pre-existing structure) there are no nail holes which again add a level of beauty. They add to the story.
When I purchase reclaimed wood I am sorting through each and every board. I am looking at the quality and the beauty of each board. Also I look at the thickness of the board. Are there knots popped out? Is the board warped? I hand pick for top quality. Give me a call to set up a visit to my West Cornwall, CT shop. After we discuss what you are looking for I will pick out just the right boards for you.