Looking For Hardwood Flooring? You Won’t Find Floors More ‘Rustic’ Than This!

by Lynnette

flooring and rugs

heart-pine-reserve-deck-photo.jpg Yep, at Heart Pine Reserve, what once was old is new again…

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen such a excellent example of recycling and preserving the past — all the while creating a unique handmade product that’s as practical as this!

Check out what the “specialists in antique heart pine wood” are up to these days…

“Our current selection of antique heart pine flooring is milled from the timbers of old whiskey-barrel warehouses of the nineteenth century Old Taylor Distillery in Kentucky.”

In brief: the folks at Heart Pine Reserve “reclaim” old wood and make it new again.

Their current reclamation project is the Old Taylor Distillery in Woodford County, Kentucky.


I like their story…

From the Heart Pine Reserve website:
heart-pine-wood.jpg The Old Taylor Distillery played a major role in the history of the American bourbon industry. The impressive 82-acre site has numerous industrial buildings in addition to the legendary Old Taylor Castle, and Old Taylor Springhouse. Over thirty years ago, when operations became obsolete, the stately iron gates of the 19th century distillery were closed and the site was essentially abandoned. Heart Pine Reserve’s experienced reclamation team is carefully dismantling several of the distillery’s massive whiskey-barrel warehouses that are beyond feasible restoration.

Check out the pictures… and learn about the entire process in this page-by-page slideshow of the Old Taylor Distillery reclamation project that’s currently underway.

First Impressions Of Heart Pine Reserve Wood Flooring

We first heard of Heart Pine Reserve after we stopped by their booth at the Pigeon Forge Log Home Show. Their handmade wood items on display looked very rustic and they appeared to be of seriously good quality. We liked how no two pieces were alike, and everything looked distressed and a little rough around the edges.


We grabbed one of their fliers at the event, and it said:

“Wonderful for log home and timber frame construction, lofts & roof decking. NO SUBFLOORING NEEDED.”

I’m not sure I understand the “no sub-floor needed” part. We asked a G.C. what he thought of that, and he didn’t really have an opinion. Said he’d never worked with flooring like that.

Does anyone have any experience with this type of flooring? Just curious about what makes subflooring necessary in most cases, but not in all cases.