What is Patina?

Patina can be described as a color ‘tarnish’ on wooden structures or items produced by age, wear, and exposure to natural elements; or any such acquired change of a surface texture and color through age and exposure. It is created through the natural maturing process of wood as it dries, ages and oxidation occurs on the surface.

Timeworn wood is unparalleled in emanating its depth and nobility through the -beauty of its patina. The presence of this colorful film enhances the allure of the piece, while reminding people of the enduring nature that has remained around long enough to achieve an enchanting patina over time.

If the rescued wood has been located inside a building and not exposed to the elements, it will generally retain its original colors (although somewhat muted.) When exposed to the elements, the patina will superficially present a grayish hue. The original color then, lies just beneath the surface. The history of the building where the reclaimed wood was deconstructed can also contribute to its appearance. For example, reclaimed wood flooring from a barn will retain the original scrapes and scratches even after sanding and reclaimed hand hewn barn beams will carry the marks from the hand ax or hatchet that was used to originally sculpt the beam.