S: RECYCLING the GLOBE: The story of Old Globe Reclaimed Wood Company
FC: RECYCLING the GLOBE | The story of Old Globe Reclaimed Wood and the world's biggest grain elevator
1: RECYCLING THE GLOBE Reclaiming 6 million board feet of Antique Old-Growth Eastern White Pine From One of the Nation's Last Wooden Waterfront Grain Elevators
2: The Globe in 2006, just before the dismantling began (above). The elevator operated for more than 100 years. When it was built (left), it was the biggest granary in the world. | The 1887 Globe Elevator in Superior, Wisconsin, under deconstruction (left and opposite).
4: The bin walls of the grain elevator are built of rough-sawn 2x6s and 2x8s stacked flatwise and fastened with 4.5-inch wrought iron nails. Walls are chainsawed and lowered with a crane. | Once on the ground (left), the slabs are separated into dimension lumber (above).
5: Old-growth White Pine, the quintessential American species, is a favorite of fine woodworkers. Dining table (above) by Dugas Woodworking of New Prague, Minnesota. The wood has square nail holes, circle saw marks, ferrous stains, and other signs of its previous life.
7: Smooth-planed console table (left) by Mark Sherman of Woodland Builders, Duluth, Minnesota. Rustic cabinet door (below) by Northshore Wood Products, Duluth, Minnesota. | Furniture on opposite page by Seth Carlson of Fargo, North Dakota.
8: Floor and table (above) by Tom Little of Duluth.
9: Custom cabinetry (below) by Copper Creek Homes of Crested Butte, Colorado. The edges of the mirror frame were naturally sculpted and polished by 100 years of flowing grain.
11: Old-growth Eastern White Pine makes for distinctive mantels and other custom woodwork. The mantels on the opposite page were crafted by Seth Carlson (top), Mendota Mantels of St. Paul, Minnesota (right), and an unknown builder (left). Stair railing (above) by Miller Construction of Crosslake, Minnesota.
12: Rustic floors by Enterprise Wood Products of Rhinelander, Wisconsin (above), are hand sanded and hand rubbed with penetrating oil to enhance the character and patina of the old-growth wood. Decking (right) by Copper Creek Homes.
15: Old Globe tongue & groove products are used as wall and ceiling paneling and siding. Home (above) designed by Jennifer Hart of Sunlit Architecture, Crested Butte, Colorado.
16: A Gilsonite-based stain brings out the grain in Old Globe's smooth-planed ceiling paneling (above).
17: The coffee shop accent wall (left) is crafted from grain-worn bin walls by Icon Modern of Highland Park, Illinois. Kristine Anderson of Peterssen/Keller Architects, Minneapolis, shows off a grain-worn panel in a renovated home.
19: Grain-sculpted sections of bin wall (left) grace the Amsoil Arena at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, designed by architect Brian Morse of TKDA Duluth. Above is a hotel reception desk by O'Keefe Cabinets of River Falls, Wisconsin.
20: Timbers reclaimed from the Globe Elevator (above). Rough-sawn timbers grace a Rocky Mountain retreat designed by Sunlit Architecture (right).
22: Ceiling beams (left) showcase a kitchen by Katherine Lynn of Juniper Ridge Designs, Placitas, New Mexico. Details of a timber frame (right) by Combined Timber Crafts of Gunnison, Colorado.
25: Antique terra cotta blocks from the Globe Elevator form an accent wall at the Amsoil Arena.
27: Real Wrought Iron from the grain bins (top left) is used by custom blacksmiths and blade smiths. Railing (center left) by Jefferson Mack Metal of San Francisco. Knife with decorative blade (bottom left) by Dan Graves of Shreveport, Louisiana. The planks of the bin walls were fastened by 4.5" square-cut wrought iron nails (top right), thousands of which went into the sculpture (bottom right) over a trendy Chicago sushi bar by Icon Modern.