We are always on the lookout for unique wood with an interesting history for use in our reclaimed wood furniture. We get especially excited when we find some that have historical value. So, needless to say, we were thrilled beyond belief when we located some actual wood that was used in the manufacturing of the B-17 bombers! That’s right, the Boeing B-17 bombers that fought in World War II!
The pieces of wood, shown here, are the molds that Boeing used to make the inner wing struts on the B-17. The builder would hand hammer the aluminum strut around this wooden mold, with the mold giving the correct camber that the strut required. There are both upper molds and a lower molds, as indicated in markings we have found in various spots. Additionally, there are other markings on them, such as some series of numbers. If there are any history buffs out there that would know more about these markings, we’d love to hear from you.
A brief history of the B-17 bomber: It was built in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps. Also known as the Flying Fortress, it was a heavy, four-engine, low-wing monoplane known for its range, maneuverability, and load-capacity during World War II.
We have yet to determine what we’re going to make with this historical wood. If you have any requests, please let us know. We would cut them into smaller segments to make desks, credenzas, media consoles, etc.. Or, Boeing, if you’re reading this, we’d love to make a large conference table for you!
To learn more about the B-174 bomber, check out this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_B-17_Flying_Fortress
In addition to the B-17 wood, we also have a limited amount of the USS California battleship wood left that we mentioned in an earlier post. But, it is very, very limited at this point. Please inquire for availability.