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Mixed Hardwood Plank Floor and Treads-Foxtown Brewing, Mequon WI

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Commercial Development Revitalization

From Foxtown Brewing's Website: Foxtown Brewing is steeped in tradition and driven by a passion for great beer. Once the Opitz Zimmerman Brewery in the mid-1800s, Foxtown is a reclamation of Mequon history. We’re not the biggest brewery around, nor the flashiest, but you’ll see that we take brewing very seriously. Every ingredient in every recipe is backed by reason. Our beer is good on purpose. Originally built in 1857, our location is rich with brewing history. We carefully restored both the original architecture of the main building as well as the significant additions that had been made over the years. The restoration sits atop of the crown jewel–two levels of lager caves. The caves sit relatively unchanged from the buildings early days of beer production. Not only an architectural marvel but also a window in time where we can learn more about the beer that made Foxtown famous. Now visitors can immerse themselves in local history - connecting an amazing place with a delicious taste. Stop in for a beer over 160 years in the making.

The scope of Crescent Moon's work for Foxtown Brewing through Berghammer Construction Corporation:
- hand-select from private stock the largest carrier, sleeper and timber-frame beams available, all culled from American Barns built circa 1850 to 1910. The targeted wood species will be the oaks, white and black ash, hickory or beech, and potentially the very rare rock elm for 2500 square feet of flooring and stair treads

- de-metal, then saw the beams into standard flooring blanks using a massive head-saw that results in great, sweeping saw marks and potentially an “antique” bandsaw which also creates a historically accurate saw pattern

- Ideally, this material will include characteristics found only in historic, reclaimed timbers that are revealed during the process and cannot be duplicated. Such characteristics may include checking, hewn marks, wane, nail and peg holes, mortise pockets, powder post beetle holes, spalting, staining, circle/band sawn marks.

- transport the stock to be kiln dried. Kiln drying eliminates powder post beetles and reduces moisture to approximately 6%. Then the stock will be transported to the mill where it will be straight line ripped for the best yield. Next, the stock will be precision milled by the floor molder, skip-planed, and tongue-and-grooved with relief grooves on underside. The square feet of plank flooring is calculated by machine and by hand.

- target the widest planks possible, the majority of which will be 5”, 6”, 7”, 8” and 9”. CMAS will purposely include a percentage of 3” and 4” face because the small face provides scale to the wide face, making it visually appear wider in a large, open space. Additionally, this best yield practice is most economical for the purchaser.

- flatbed the flooring and treads to the job site

- to include the rest of the fine details here would be over-kill

CHEERS to the preservation of our history and heritage, and using sustainable salvaged, reclaimed material!

Contact us to make a floor for you!