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Old maplewood lanes salvaged from shuttered bowling center
|Written by PRWeb news release|
|Wednesday, 02 January 2013 12:27|
FARMINGTON, N.Y. (PRWEB) – Olympic Lanes in Rochester was once the largest bowling complex in New York state offering 80 lanes and hosting international and televised PBA events featuring pros like Pete Weber. Rather than allow the lanes to go to waste when the center closed, Pioneer Millworks salvaged them, keeping the original finishes and re-purposing the old wood for commercial and residential projects.
The lobby at Olympic Lanes displayed a saying: “The secret to becoming a better bowler is knowing where to put your feet.” The original foul line markers and arrows that at one time helped bowlers ranging from toddlers to professionals hit the pins were carefully maintained during reclamation and re-use of the lanes in custom projects.
Jered Slusser, wood expert at Pioneer Millworks, incorporated a few of the lanes into his kitchen as countertops, applying the final finish, a natural oil, last week.
“Talk about durable – 2 1/4 inches of solid hard maple finished with a butcher block oil – the countertops will hold up for generations, and only get better with age,” he said. “It is fun to share the history of the tops, especially once folks recognize the foul markers.”
Bowling lanes are fabricated one strip at a time, placed on edge to create a strong, durable surface. While they are often made of hard maple, the lower part of the lane, closer to the pins, was also commonly crafted of yellow pine. Pioneer Millworks has reclaimed over 200 yellow pine lanes at 10 feet long and 50 maple lanes at 5 feet long.
“This year we repurposed the lanes into new tables for restaurants, in one case featuring the underside of the lanes which offered more character and color than the tops,” said Slusser. “Not only are they a talking point, but they often evoke childhood memories of time spent with friends and family at the lanes. They are pieces of history and we’re excited to give them new life.”
On average Pioneer Millworks processes more than a million board feet of reclaimed wood, including the bowling lanes, yearly. After more than 20 years in business they have salvaged over 21 million board feet that would otherwise end up in landfills, grinders and wood burners, or simply rot away. By reclaiming and reusing, Pioneer Millworks customers help save character filled antique wood and take another step towards preventing deforestation.
Pioneer Millworks is the leader in the reclaimed wood industry, having given more than 21 million board feet of old wood new life as flooring, millwork, cabinetry, and more. All sourced and manufactured in the USA from New York and Oregon — in a way that’s healthy for customers, employees, and the environment. Pioneer Millworks is FSC certified and Green America approved. All of their products are LEED point eligible.
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|Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 12:57|