Established in 1973 by Alex Grabenstein, Vintage Lumber's objective
was to reuse old wood obtained from dismantled derelict barns and other
agricultural buildings in central Maryland. Well before the "green
movement," Alex determined that reclaimed lumber provides a high
quality and cost effective resource of building materials for new construction.
Originally intended for use structurally, it was quickly discovered that
this historic material had more widespread appeal as functional but decorative
antique wood flooring and beams.
Our early customers used the weathered beams and barn siding "as
is" for the rustic "clubroom" look, but soon the interest
expanded to a more finished product, random width wide plank wood flooring.
In 1978, a 5000 square foot flooring mill was built on the farm where
Alex grew up. Our upgraded production facility allowed us to service a
growing and sophisticated clientele. New wood flooring—American
Country Collection-- with character that complemented the antique reclaimed
flooring was introduced and allowed our customers to add rustic patina
to their homes and businesses at a lower cost than most reclaimed species.
By the 1980's there was an increase in demand and the establishment
of a sawmill on the farm allowed Vintage Lumber to produce boards from
large beams recovered from the dismantled buildings.
As our market grew to be national, the flooring production mill was moved
to its present location in Woodsboro, MD in 1992, with a total equipment
upgrade in 1999.
With an antique and new lumber inventory of over one million board feet,
Vintage has the capacity of 20,000 square feet of flooring per week. While
recent construction slowdowns have required us to reduce our output, our
hard working employees continue to maintain Vintage Lumber as one of the
largest and most respected manufacturers of antique re-milled and rustic
new wood flooring in the country.
Still owned and operated by Alex, with an average employee tenure of over 10 years,
Vintage Lumber's uncompromising commitment to quality, value and service
is the hallmark of our business.