Reclaimed Oak beams
BCA Antique Materials’ antique French oak timbers are highly appreciated for their quality and authenticity, which we despatch across France, and export worldwide. To create all the historic charm of an exposed beam ceiling, or an exposed timber roof (or correctly repair an existing one) nothing can substitute for authentic antique beams, joists and roof timbers. Also, discover our selection of antique french doors. Whether used structurally as they had originally been used, or fitted post-construction into the project to look equally authentic (but not necessarily structural), we can supply directly to your project worldwide.
Antique oak beams at our sawmill
Thanks to our specialist sawmill at L’Hôtellerie-de-Flée, with France’s only heavy-duty saw designed for antique reclaimed beam work, we can respond to specific requests and can even customize your project with beams cut to size. A regular request is the sawing of the upper surface of beams and joists, to permit those hidden upper faces to be dead straight at ceiling level, whilst retaining three visible faces with their inimitable patina with original pit-sawn and adze tooling. Other clients will want them with new faces visible, so we saw them to size on all 4 faces. The newly sawn surfaces exposed are NOT the same as new oak, because those « in the know » understand that the varying colours and vein patterns, those cracks and splits from their previous life over several centuries gives the richest of oak surfaces, particularly if then planed, sanded and waxed.
Reclaimed timber joists
At BCA Antique Materials, we have France’s largest permanent stocks of antique reclaimed oak beams, joists, lintels, roof timbers and also antique wood flooring. They are predominantly centuries-old pre-Industrial Revolution timbers, pit-sawn and/or adze cut. We can also identify and select principal rafters, cross-ties, struts, king posts, wall-plates, purlins, and ridge beams that are stored at our 2 stockyards in the Maine-et-Loire (49) and Calvados (14) départements in North West France. Both are relatively close to the major shipping port of Le Havre in Normandy.