Old Wood Workshop Celebrates 25 Years
Old Wood Workshop’s Owner Thomas Campbell began his business in 1991 as a hobby. As a young pharmacist who grew up in rural, northeastern Connecticut, he had always enjoyed historical buildings and working with his hands. On a whim, he started salvaging New England barns, taking them down with a close friend by hand. He pulled down his first collapsing barn by chaining a corner post to the rear axle of his old Subaru station wagon. From the beautiful chestnut, oak and pine he reclaimed from these structures, he started making furniture for friends, family and custom orders. From the beautiful chestnut, oak and pine he reclaimed from these structures, he started making furniture for friends, family and custom orders.
From there, Campbell transitioned to salvaging the interior components of 18th century and early 19th century houses, from floors to doors and everything in between, including antique stone. Eventually, his small salvage business grew into a full-time effort that supports his family. Over the years, Campbell has shipped antique wood and flooring across the country and even as far as Hong Kong. He has sold to celebrities and homeowners, architects building multimillion dollar structures and the guy around the corner trying to replace a floorboard in his old Colonial. Instrument makers have purchased specialty wood for custom projects, and antique millstones salvaged in New England are featured design elements in restaurants from Buffalo to New York City to Las Vegas.
In recent years, Campbell has whittled down his inventory of architectural elements and salvaged wood to concentrate on what has always been his best seller. "I am now focused on selling the best antique flooring I can find,” he says. “I salvage floors myself, but I often buy floors from others in the business. I still have many architectural antiques for sale, but I am not replacing them as I sell them. Eventually, I hope to be selling only flooring.”
The Old Wood Workshop specializes in antique, original surface, 18th-century & early 19th-century wide-board flooring and wall board. They do not re-saw or re-mill material, but instead look for 150- to 300-year-old flooring that has never had its surface altered, other than being foot worn. They also have a selection of architectural antiques, such as iron hardware, doors, stone, period fireplace mantels, and other unique items. Their inventory is updated online almost daily.
Website visitors at www.OldWoodWorkshop.com are encouraged to sign up for a monthly e-mail inventory update and “like” their Facebook page for the latest acquirements. Old Wood Workshop is based in a 1730’s home and barn in Pomfret Center, Conn., where visitors are welcome by chance or appointment. For more information, call Tom at 860-655-5259.