some traviesa trivia

My fascination for natural decor has just stepped up a notch.

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Traviesa is a Spanish word for a piece of wood that functions as a cross beam or brace to support the rails on a railway track. The photo above ignited our interest for the traviesa. Here it was used to create a deck or platform as part of an outdoor landscape design.

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You can assume traviesas to be about a century old. So don’t be surprised that it can function perfectly even outdoors in all-weather conditions. These are some long-aged wood we’re talking about. They’ve been treated with time, no additional chemical treatments needed.

IMG-20130321-01878There’s something about me and old, aged, sturdy wood. I feel like they have so much character, so many stories behind them. And more stories waiting to be written and told.

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So, this fascination took us a several kilometres down south as we went on a search for sources of traviesas and other types of old wood. As it turned out, we have a trusty antique wood supplier a quick drive a way.

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There was wood of all kinds, sizes and thickness. You could see how deep the wood grains are. Some have cracked and faded. Some used to be staircases, door jambs. Some were materials to make boats.

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To me, visiting that store by the highway was a very intimate experience. There was so much history amid these huge planks of wood. As if every piece was speaking to us about where it’s been. And we were all ears.

 

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3 thoughts on “some traviesa trivia

  1. Thanks for sharing about Traviesa. I’m an aspiring furniture designer. May I know the address of your “trusty antique wood supplier”, please? Thank you.

  2. Hi! In this part of Laguna (in the Philippines), you can find traviesa from a store called “Antigong Kahoy”. They have a number of stores along the national highway in Bay, Calauan and Victoria, Laguna.

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