I started Black's Farmwood in the late 1990's. Due to my concerns regarding global deforestation and climate change, I decided to leave a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology in San Francisco and headed east to help deconstruct my family's barn in Ohio.
The 150-year-old oak barn had recently fallen in a storm and I asked my grandmother what she planned to do with the wood. Her response was to burn the wood and clean up the area (a common practice just 20 years ago).
I knew I wanted to create a green company that was an alternative to clearcutting forests, so I borrowed a pickup truck and chainsaw and tore apart the antique oak barn with the help of my two grandfathers.
During the process, I became enamored with the beauty of the weathered oak barn siding and the history of the hand-hewn beams. I had found my life's work.
Over the years, Black's Farmwood has expanded to offer all types of reclaimed wood; from deconstructed warehouses to urban salvaged logs. Our customers range from residential projects to large commercial clients such as Pixar, Starbucks, Sundance and Whole Foods.
Contact us to request pricing, samples, or to visit our San Rafael, CA showroom. We'd love to work with you!
Michael Black, Founder