Adams Toyota-Phase Two Service Wall Complete!
Just recently Crossland Construction has finished phase two of the Adams Toyota Reclaimed Wood Project in Kansas City, MO. The project consists of rebuilding the three main walls located in the service area of the dealership with locally sourced reclaimed barn wood from Northwest, MO. This particular wall, which separates the service write up counter, is approximately 12ft long x 6 feet high and utilizes over four different kinds of reclaimed hardwood: Walnut, Oak, Maple, and Hard Pine. And took about one week to build.
The Vision: One of the main components of this particular wall is the natural light design that encompasses it as you can see in the photos presented. Every board has been properly placed to let the light pass through creating a natural soft ambiance mixed with a warm inviting feel. But more importantly, it is the design that really showcases the texture and intricacy involved with these particular hardwoods and really brings the room to life with the stories that wood can only tell. Stories that dates back to long and rich farming culture that Missouri was founded upon.
The Process: Every single board that you see in this wall was at one time part of a standing barn that dates back to the late 1850’s. Jim Drew, who pioneered the wood for this project, reclaimed every board by hand in order to preserve them in their best natural state. Once a board is reclaimed, it takes about one week of labor to fully resurrect a board from its dilapidated state and transform it into its brand new appearance. This a skill that really encapsulates Jim Drew’s passion for this particular line of work. What seems to be tedious for others, Jim Drew has sincerely grown to love. Once a board is reclaimed, it is then sanded and treated by Jim himself and it is not ready for use until Jim decides so. Some boards may require more work than others, but it is really one of those sixth senses that tells Jim when the wood is ready to be presented.
In an ever evolving contemporary age, it is nice to see establishments like Adams Toyota who are taking a renewed green approach, utilizing what beautiful wood, history has bestowed upon us and keeping the iconic Missouri history alive. Stay tuned to see what phase 3 brings!