||This floor is extraordinary. The boards started life as a huge
beam. The beam was taken from some agricultural buildings belonging
to a monastery near Dijon in France. About an 8 foot length was
cut from the centre of the beam to get rid of some rot. This left
2 pieces, each over 19 feet in length. The boards we produced
were up to 26" wide. The colour is the natural aged colour of ancient
oak. Imagine, the beam was in buildings known to be at least 400
years old. The original oak tree probably started life as an acorn
about 400 years before that.
If you look carefully at the photographs, you can see that there
are repairs where holes, splits, damages and rot have been routed
out and carefully made good with matching timber.This is not merely
a characteristic of ancient floors, but is positively desirable
as a feature of ancient board floors. It provides that ineffable
characteristic implying loving care through the years.