Northwest Renovation Magazine – Tobey Parsons, owner of McGee Salvage, purveyors of quality reclaimed hardwood floors, based in Portland, OR, has been in the business of selling reclaimed wood flooring since 1985. He salvages material from all kinds of deconstruction sites and sources, from gymnasiums to churches, and turns it into re-usable flooring for people who want to do “green” renovations, fix-its, or new construction. “I was green before anyone else was,” he says.
Reclaiming vintage wood is an elaborate process that yields a premium product. For some projects, Parsons removes old plank flooring, for which he has developed a method for keeping the original tongue and groove intact. Then, he smoothes the edges so the “new” planks fit snugly together again.