Thor’s Hammer salvages structural timber from warehouses, bridges and wharfs which are perfect for use in pergolas, and as garden features like screens and seats. Not only are the salvaged posts and beams extremely strong, they require minimal maintenance and age well.
Building a pergola alongside your house and planting it with deciduous vines can play an effective role in reducing hot afternoon sun and provide a semi covered entertaining area. The vines will lose their leaves in winter to give solar access during the colder months while in summer the leaves will provide shade and if you’re lucky, fruit as well!
We salvage timbers from old wharfs, factories and woolstores and can saw them to a variety of widths and lengths depending on what you need.
Salvaged timbers from wharfs and piers are generally either Ironbark or Turpentine and often feature some of the old weathered surface and rounded edges, and the interesting textures and marking from marine critters / wayward boats and ferries!
Timbers salvaged from old wool stores and factories are usually Blackbutt or Red Mahogany and have really nice weathered faces, we can wire brush and finish them to your requirements. We still have some of these posts from the Q Stores in Alexandria.
We saw smaller posts out of old telegraph poles and smaller section bridge timbers. These are durable hardwoods like Tallowwood, Ironbark and Spotted Gum.
Really big pergola posts are available from old road and railway bridges. These timbers usually have a lot of character and weathering, with plenty of old bolt holes, and are great for big structural beams and also for garden seats.
All these different timbers can be dressed back and sanded to show the grain and colour , but more often we wire brush them to smooth off the surface and get rid of the splinters and dirt, but keep the old patina and character.
The level of finishing on the timber can be chosen by the client, you can check out samples of the different finishes at our workshop.
All of our salvaged timbers are typically 80+ years old, super strong, durable and importantly, well seasoned so your structure will experience minimal movement.
With the right durable timbers, a design which balances the section sizes of the posts and the beams, some old fashioned carpentry and good solid bolts you can create a pergola which will make a great outdoor area, shade the house from the summer sun and be a place to hang out in and enjoy for many years.
If you want an amazing outdoor structure this spring / summer give us a bell! We are happy talking to your contractor about construction techniques and we have a few people we can recommend if you are looking for someone to build your pergola or deck.