Shiplap – The Sweet Heart of the Design World

Why has this design element created a Beetlemania like fervor? And what exactly is it? Generally, when people think of shiplap they conjure up images of white painted wall paneling.

Technically shiplap refers only to the shape we mill the wood into. 

Like this:

You can also leave a “nickel gap” for a shadow line.

Shiplap can be milled in any wood species in any reasonable dimensions. It can be primed and painted or stained and oiled. It can be made from new or reclaimed wood. It can be milled smooth or rough.

You can install it horizontally…

(draws the eye from left to right, creating a wider feeling area)

This is the classic look of white shiplap.

Or vertically…

(giving the illusion  of higher ceilings)

A little more of a modern edge.

image: plankandpillow.com

Or diagonally….

Cha cha cha

image:czmcam.org

 

What I appreciate so much about simple white painted shiplap is that it gives some interest to what would likely be a boring ‘ol sheetrocked wall.

It adds a subtle striped appearance along with some warmth and character from the wood grain peeking through.

Or maybe you want a rustic look. The texture and warmth of wood really adds character.

Use a variety of colors like Savona’s Restaurant on the strand in Kingston, NY.

Plus, it’s economical (if you choose knotty pine) and very versatile. (size of gap, specie, dimensions, grade, stain, paint, texture, etc.)

Woodstock Way Hotel chose an aged look for the shiplap that adorns its walls in keeping with its sustainable and conscious design.

I love that shiplap works in so many types of spaces: rustic, modern, transitional, man caves, treehouses. 

I definitely think it deserves the hype! 

 

pine flooring in bedroom

What’s the Diff?

If you call us for a quote for Eastern White Pine siding for your home or business we can present you with two general options. We can use the same stuff that you can get at any lumberyard. Let’s call that the “good enough stuff”. We’ll call the other option our recommended option, the “good stuff”. It’s Adirondack pine.

Being that they’re both the same species how different could they be?

As different as a stale grocery store chocolate chip cookie vs. one of Grandmas homemade cookies still warm from the oven. Both are worth eating, but it’s a different experience. 

As a company hoping to impress you with our professionalism and highfalutin knowledge… Here’s a chart! 

Behold…

Now that you understand the different grades of pine, what you also need to know is that pine has knots and…

Knots Bleed.

What it actually is, are the tannins and resins of the wood trying to escape. 

Knot-blech-1
Knot so bad

Good’nuff Stuff

The Good Stuff!

Nature is a wonderful thing and it will almost always win, but there is a way to help prevent those pesky knots from bleeding.

First and foremost get a high-quality pine, like our Adirondack Pine. Less moisture content in the wood equals less knot bleed. That’s worth saying again… less moisture = less knot bleed.

The drier pine will cost slightly more. We definitely think it’s worth it.

Secondly, follow this sequence when coating (painting) knotty pine siding.  In our years of experience, we’ve found this to be the best practice.

  1. Shellac knots
  2. Oil prime all sides
  3. Latex prime exposed surfaces
  4. Apply top-coat to all sides
  5. Apply 2nd top-coat to exposed surfaces
  6. Apply final top-coat after installation

 

*Please keep in mind that we will provide any and all of these services in our coatings department as requested. Why DIY when we can save you time and money?  Let us do the hard part!

We hope this sheds some light on the quality levels of Eastern White Pine and helps you to make the best decision for your upcoming projects. And let’s help those poor knots from bleeding!

Hap-PINE-ss

Why are we pining for pine? (Sorry for the pun, it’s involuntary). Let’s have a look.

VERSATILE

We can play with color, texture, width, and profile (t&g vs. nickel gap shiplap for example).

Pine can be milled into wall paneling, ceiling cladding, siding, furniture, and flooring.  Check out this flooring. The circle-sawn texture, wide planks, and deep brown stain create a rustic, reclaimed appearance.

circle sawn pine flooring

We can mill pine into smooth shiplap, apply primer and white paint… Voila! Shiplap `ala Mrs. JoAnna Gaines.

How about a look inspired by sun-weathered barn siding?

ECONOMICAL

We don’t want to say it’s cheap because that implies it’s of lesser quality. That’s definitely NOT the case. So, it’s not cheap… it’s a bargain! High value, low cost.

SUSTAINABLE

What’s greener than a pine tree? Our pine is selectively harvested in the Adirondack Region of New York State, close to home. It’s just one ingredient: Wood! So, it takes fewer processes and less energy to make than those composite products.

Beautiful and available in wide widths. Just look…

QUALITY

Our Adirondack Eastern White Pine is of excellent quality and milled with precision. I’ts kiln-dried to 6-8%. This is important because it helps to reduce issues like knot bleed and gapping. Most pine found at local lumberyards has about twice the moisture content.

We love this stuff. (It’s not that creepy, dark, outdated pine paneling from my childhood bedroom.) This is a new, beautiful, versatile, economical take on a great wood species.

We hope you’ll give us a call so we can spread some haPINEss to you. We’d love to help bring forth your unique vision!

Welcome to Our New Showroom

Welcome to Our New Showroom

 

 

Open your doors and your windows: Let’s welcome in the sunshine and spirit of Spring!

This year spring is going to be awesome. We are excited and we want to share that energy with you.

We are finally prepared to open our doors and windows and present our recently updated showroom.

It took us some time to find out what it would take to change the look of our showroom to make it work better.

And we are now at a point where we can proudly say we are happy with a really inviting place that serves for information gathering, some education, a meeting place to talk about your project over a cup of coffee and of course a place to see many of our samples of wood.

Do you feel the energy radiating from the warmer spring weather, too? Do you want to get those projects started that you’ve been dreaming of all winter?

 

Whether you want to start with an exterior project because you can already see yourself sitting on that deck you envisioned, or you really want to increase the value of your house by getting the new siding done that you’ve needed for years, we have fabulous options available.

 

Our EXTERIOR SECTION in our showroom has many samples for you to choose from. You’ll be able to find a solution for every taste and every budget.

Make sure the DECKING you get is the perfect wood for you. Do you want it to last long and just look absolutley beautiful? We have some gorgeous options that will make you never want to leave your deck again. Have a look for yourself!

 

 

Find the right SIDING for your home. Different species, different profiles are here to see, touch and choose from. Siding is much more than a pleasing facade.

 

And did you know, that getting the right protection (COATING) on your wood makes your exterior project even more attractive and last so much longer? So, don’t skip that. We can help you get it done right here at Excelsior.

 

And what about freshening up the INTERIOR of your house and dusting off those winter blahs? Go ahead and give it the new FLOORING or PANELING you’ve been waiting so long for.

 

Need inspiration or are still too undecided to make decisions? Good! Let us help you here! We have much more to offer than just some sample boards in our showroom. We also offer many more products and services and are happy to help you get a clearer idea of where you want to go.

Let’s sit down, grab a cup of coffee and figure it out.

Savona’s Trattoria

Savona’s Trattoria, located on Broadway in the Historic Kingston Waterfront District, has just remodeled their interior space and it looks gorgeous!

They chose to clad their walls in our Eastern White Pine interior paneling.

The colors used on the paneling were a custom blend and really pick up the warm shades from the tile behind the bar and the beautiful artwork displayed on the walls.

This product is responsibly harvested and properly kiln dried for interior use. It’s rustic, natural and reclaimed inspired. It’s also very easy to work with and readily available.

Another unique feature is that one side is bandsawn on one side circle sawn, so it’s flippable. Eastern white pine is versatile and budget friendly… If you are looking for a rustic yet modern vibe then this is a great option.

Use this product for accent walls, ceilings, paneling, headboards, wall art and more. We would love to work with you and your budget to get the look you want. We can stain, paint or white wash this stuff right here at Excelsior in a color of your choosing. Get ready to liven up your space!

Buon Appetito!

SAUGERTIES MOUNTAIN HOME

This Saugerties home tucked in the mountains was featured as our April Project Highlight titled Excelsior Paradise, and boy is it ever. So many of our favorites materials come together in this eclectic house, with our customer’s beautiful decor accenting each piece. From walnut flooring and staircases to reclaimed oak barn doors and cabinets, we had a blast photographing each room.

The reclaimed water tower cedar ceilings were stunning, while the white washed version on the first floor ceilings and balcony created great texture. Live edge slabs on bars, tables, and walls are scattered throughout the rooms. Rift and quartered white oak mouldings border every room, window, and door! Dead standing maple paneling creates a modern feel in the kitchen and entryway to showcase our customer’s art collection. You have to take a look.

Is mushroom wood made from mushrooms?!

A question we are often asked when customers are introduced to this rare wood product…Is it REALLY made from mushrooms?  Our answer…technically, yes!

The features that set Mushroom Wood apart from other reclaimed products, such as its’ unique texture and prominent raised grain pattern, are indeed the effects of growing mushrooms!

Used originally to line the boxes of mushroom crops, Mushroom Wood is derived from wooden boards (similar to the ones below) salvaged and repurposed into some spectacular wood products.

Mushroom Farm (image credit: Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farm/http://www.sgsystemsusa.com/pti-labeling-solution/ )

But what is it about mushrooms (or fungi as some prefer) that cause the unique features of this wood?!

The Story…

Fungiculture (the art of growing mushrooms) can be a lengthy process, covering six different stages from composting to harvesting. Mushrooms are not plants, therefore, they do go through the cycle of photosynthesis. Where sunlight is essential for photosynthesis to occur, a moist climate is necessary for fungi to grow and thrive.

Because of the climate limitations, materials used for this practice must be able to withstand high levels of acidity, moisture, and heat to produce a successful mushroom crop. Enter…Cypress and Hemlock!

Cypress Tree Tunnel (image credit: Joe Parks/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/parksjd/9002072932 )

Cypress and Hemlock are two species that stand up to the challenge of mushroom farming. These materials fare well in environments with high humidity and are durable enough to withstand the optimal time needed for the fungi growing process (2-3 months or more!)

During the mushrooms’ growth cycle, the boards are exposed to an abundance of acidity and water released from the compost. These enzymes devour the soft fibers in the wood, leaving only the tough, durable wood behind.

The initial result of the boards living in the mushroom hot box is (for a lack of a better word)…

…a nasty piece of wood! Yuck.

However, after some tender love and Excelsior care, this piece of wood is transformed into…

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… this beautiful rustic material! Much better.

The erosion of the soft fiber in the wood raises the grain, resulting in a truly unique texture. Once the boards are cleaned and milled (carefully), they can take on a whole new life outside of the mushroom farm.

Upcycling materials that would generally have been thrown away, we take pride in this sustainable product. Reclaimed, untreated wood can be hard to find; Mushroom Wood fits the bid for both.

The light-weight characteristic of this wood, in conjunction with its’ natural resistance to moisture, makes for a versatile product we have used in a number of projects around the shop.

Coated or raw, this material has an ancient beauty not easily achieved by other milling processes.

From rustic doors and custom  framing to siding and paneling, reclaimed Mushroom Wood is a dependable, stunning product, perfect for your rustic dream home decor.

For the love of wood…

Reclaimed Redwood for Exterior Solutions

Reclaimed Redwood for Exterior Solutions

If you are looking for a unique exterior product to bring character to your home, Reclaimed Redwood may be your solution. Our redwood is reclaimed from the iconic New York City water towers. These legendary structures have dotted the skylines of the city since the 1800’s. Built to be durable and clean, each tank was held together solely by steel straps to eliminate any possibility of adhesive impurities from leaking into the drinking water. Beginning as a clever method of accessing water on the top floors of the skyscrapers, these towers have proven to be far more resilient than the expected 40 year lifespan.

Material harvested from dismantled tanks is straightened and reused in a number of our favorite exterior projects. Redwood has a fantastic reputation of being resistant to water, rot, and insects, making it perfectly suitable for decking and siding material. We can mill this product into T&G, shiplap, pre-grooved decking, and more. With the choice to maintain a grey exterior patina, or to plane into a new amber colored vertical grain, you cannot go wrong with the historical beauty this redwood will bring to your home.