No one really knows who first coined the idiom, “Everything Old is New Again”. It has been recited in poems, been the topics of books and is the title of the famous song by Peter Allen from All That Jazz. You’ve seen examples of this with the return of the sporty camaro, capri pants aka cropped pants and the buzz haircut. Trends of our youth will circle back around to be the newest and latest craze of our children and grandchildren. Let’s be honest, there are only so many new and unique ideas. But what’s wrong with revisiting the past - especially if the past provides authentic tried-and-true quality? The answer is a resounding nothing! This applies to many things but one that has proven itself to stand the test of time is sinker cypress reclaimed wood.
If you aren’t familiar with sinker cypress, it has quite a history that has been dated back when Columbus discovered America. Cypress trees literally grew for thousands of years in densely populated forests where the light was minimal. This kept the trees growing very slowly and thus produced extremely hardy wood. In the late 1800’s, these desirable trees were harvested for construction of homes and businesses. In order to move them to their designated locations, they were floated down the river. Many sank to the bottom (thus the origin of the sinker name) where the cool temperatures and lower oxygen levels preserved them over the years. This produced even stronger cypress and also added color and patterns from the minerals in the water and soil. The result is a beautiful and unique piece of wood that not only serves as great material for construction but also lends phenomenal character in appearance that has become hugely popular with builders in homes and businesses. It is being used as exposed beams, hardwood flooring, doors, cabinets, planked ceilings, wood paneling, exterior and interior trim and much more.
Reclaiming sinker cypress is a tedious and dangerous job but the rewards are worth it. Whether you are using it for its strength and durability or want to showcase it as an architectural feature, you can’t go wrong. Exploring all of the variations that include pecky cypress, new and old growth cypress, tidewater cypress and more will result in 100% guaranteed satisfaction. Returning to the old in this case is an excellent example of “everything old is new again” and for good reason!