Appalachian Antique Hardwoods Joins With The American Chestnut Foundation to Help Bring the American Chestnut Tree Back to Our Forests

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Industry Leading Supplier of Antique, Reclaimed, and Natural Building Materials Started Business With One Chestnut Barn

Almost 20 years ago, Zac Guy, President and Founder of Appalachian Antique Hardwoods, needed to build a one-of-a-kind display case for a one-of-a-kind family heirloom. His search for the perfect wood for the project led him to a long-abandoned, hand built, American chestnut barn in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Prized for their strength and beauty, American chestnut trees once numbered in the billions and were found throughout the eastern United States forests. But by 1950 they were all but wiped out by blight.

In 1983, a dedicated group of scientists formed The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) with a mission to develop blight-resistant American chestnut trees. In 1987, Zac Guy founded Appalachian Antique Hardwoods with a goal of sourcing and making available the finest reclaimed wood and other natural building materials. Zac’s research into the wood he was now working with led him to TACF, and that conservation organization became a valuable resource to Zac and his customers as Appalachian Antique Hardwoods grew in to the company it is today.

Now, as promising new research is being made in bringing back these magnificent trees, the need to further the work of The American Chestnut Foundation is even greater, and Appalachian Antique Hardwoods is grateful for the opportunity to help do just that.

Together with TACF, Appalachian Antique Hardwoods is making complimentary memberships to TACF available to the customers of Appalachian Antique Hardwoods. Additionally, TACF will soon be offering handcrafted American chestnut flag presentation cases created by Appalachian Antique Hardwoods. Proceeds from the sale of these cases will benefit TACF. Lastly, as TACF prepares to move in to their beautiful new headquarters in Asheville, NC; Appalachian Antique Hardwoods is honored to have been selected to supply furniture for this new facility.

As Zac Guy explains; “Our being able to recognize, acknowledge, and assist The American Chestnut Foundation as they carry out this important work is a great opportunity to celebrate the efforts of The American Chestnut Foundation, and Appalachian Antique Hardwoods strongly encourages everyone to learn more about The American Chestnut Foundation and to support their research.”

About Appalachian Antique Hardwoods
Appalachian Antique Hardwoods, LLC is committed to being the National leader in wood based antique, reclaimed, and Green Building materials. Our unprecedented selection of reclaimed, recycled, and renewable materials such as reclaimed American chestnut, barn wood, mushroom board, hand hewn beams, antique timbers, reclaimed wood flooring, bark, and reclaimed tin make us pioneers in offering our clients the unique opportunity to be trendsetters as well as environmental stewards. You can contact Appalachian Antique Hardwoods at or 828.627.0830. We are located at 635 Sonoma Road, Waynesville, NC 28786 and we provide products and services throughout the United States and Canada. Email info(at)aahardwoods(dot)com .

About The American Chestnut Foundation
The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is a 501(c) 3 conservation organization headquartered in Asheville, NC. For more information about TACF and their work to restore the American chestnut tree, contact TACF Director of Communications Mila Kirkland at 828.281.0047, email mila(at)acf(dot)org , or please visit

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