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Hello from "Wild and Wonderful" WV

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:38 am
by Brian VTLC
Hi everyone,

I was afforded the opportunity of a lifetime about a year ago to join a wonderful new company, Virgin Timber Lumber Company. We are building some really incredible furniture from 100% recycled timber from the old growth virgin forest of the Appalachian mountains that built southern West Virginia during the coal and timber boom of the late 1800's and early 1900's. Now over 100 years later we are saving these dilapidated structures from the landfill and giving the wood a second chance at life, to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Being from a family that has always been in the construction business I guess it was inevitable that I would follow the many generations before me and become a home builder as well. It has always been a struggle though! Being an avid environmentalist it was tough seeing all the wastefulness that is involved with the construction industry. Luckily my new career path has remedied this struggle.

While we travel around WV reclaiming these dilapidated structures that were built during the time period (early 20th century) that the virgin forest of WV were being cut, we also like to document everything we can to help tell not only our story but the story of these once great trees and forest that built this country. Here's a link to some pics from our stop at Gaudineer State Park, WV after making a delivery to northern Virginia last summer. ... 019&type=3 I hope hope you enjoy.

Brian Sutphin

Re: Hello from "Wild and Wonderful" WV

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:38 am
by Joe
Brian, when I first read your post, I misread it and thought you were saying your firm builds with wood from old growth forests- which would probably result in your being, uh... er... chastised in this forum--- glad to get it right that you're building from recycled old growth wood. Sounds neat- please show some pictures of your work with that old wood.