Live Edge Ash Slabs from Fargo's Own Urban Logged Lumber!

Certain parts of Fargo are notorious for their beautifully lined boulevards - 8th St South and North Broadway are both lined with mature trees and there are plenty of ash & elm in older neighborhoods close to downtown.

Trees help provide shade and add beauty to cities that otherwise can get easily overwhelmed by man made structures... but sometimes it is necessary to cut trees down for the health of the whole community.

At Dakota Timber Company we are committed to sourcing lumber sustainably to meet a wide range of commercial and residential needs- from functional applications like exterior siding and hardwood flooring to more decorative uses like wall paneling, shelves, and mantels. Whatever the end product- it is always our goal to save trees.

Most of the time this takes the form of sourcing reclaimed material - lumber that was logged long ago then utilized in it's original form (a beam in a building, siding on a barn, etc.) and was recently repurposed after the dismantling of the original structure. Urban logged lumber is another way to source lumber in a sustainable fashion - utilizing the lumber from urban trees that have to be taken down due to invasive species, placement on property lines, death/disease, or general damage.

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A program to remove & replace ash trees throughout Fargo (as a preventative measure against the Emerald Ash Borer) has lead to us being able to offer locally logged & milled live edge slabs. This wood would otherwise end up taking a trip through a wood chipper and being tossed in the local landfill but we are able to process it into gorgeous live edge slabs and other lumber products.

Live edge slabs open up a whole new world of design potential - from furniture like tables & benches to shelving with an organic edge. Bark on, bark off, raw or finished... there are so many different ways to use these beautiful pieces of lumber. We're excited to see what all of the creative people in our community come up with!

Our live edge slabs are all ash and come in a variety of sizes, ranging in price from $20 - $200 ready for your project! Swing by our showroom to see the selection in person or run a quick search for "live edge" online for a world of ideas for a project of your own. 

Reclaimed Wood Project Boards

There are a lot of things we love about our new space at 3202 7th Ave N in Fargo (the spacious showroom, the fact that our finishing, milling, and machining operations are all under one roof, and the ample yard space for an ever expanding inventory... just to name a few). 

One of the new features our clients love the most, however, is our new grab & go reclaimed board section. Just behind the main wall in our showroom we have a huge selection of reclaimed wood boards that are perfect for DIY projects.

We stock reclaimed boards ranging from $2-$15 depending on size. 

We stock reclaimed boards ranging from $2-$15 depending on size. 

Whether you're looking for a few small boards or enough reclaimed lumber to put together a coffee table or desk, we stock our by the board section weekly with material that is ready to take home. 

There's no need to distress new lumber or tear apart pallets - we have the largest selection of authentic reclaimed lumber in the region at prices that can't be beat. Swing in any time M-F 9am to 5:30 or Saturday from 9am - noon to browse our by the board section and find the perfect piece for your project!

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A Fresh Batch of Burleigh

While we absolutely love offering such a wide range of paneling styles - we have to admit that we have a few favorites... and so do our clients! Burleigh is by far one of our most popular paneling styles - a simple, no frills, reclaimed mix of original patina barn board that looks great in almost any application.

Watch along as we pile up a fresh batch of one of our favorite reclaimed woo paneling styles at our shop in Fargo, ND,

Literal TONS of Reclaimed Wood Mantels

We have been providing tons (literally... metric tons!) of reclaimed wood mantels to home owners and home builders this spring. From rustic to refined- we can cut, mill, sand, stain, and finish a custom reclaimed mantel to a nearly endless variety of sizes and styles.

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Our mantels are all made to order from reclaimed timbers that once lived as beams in barns, grain elevators, and other buildings throughout the Midwest. Our lumber yard is full of these reclaimed beauties just waiting to be transformed and installed above your cozy fireplace!

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We are happy to sell raw, unfinished timbers for use as mantels but are better known for making ready to install, pre-finished reclaimed mantels. We even sell custom-made mounting hardware manufactured right here in Fargo by a local welding company!

A variety of mantel styles are on display in our showroom, note that the visible hardware is not the hardware that we offer to mount your mantel and is for display purposes only - our hardware will allow your mantel to "float" with no visible hardware.

A variety of mantel styles are on display in our showroom, note that the visible hardware is not the hardware that we offer to mount your mantel and is for display purposes only - our hardware will allow your mantel to "float" with no visible hardware.

Whether you are looking for a super rustic mantel or something a little more modern with cleaner lines, we can achieve just about any look through milling, machining, and finishing techniques. Our showroom in Fargo, ND displays some of our most popular sizes and styles and we are always happy to help you determine the right size and decide on the right finish for your particular project.

Reclaimed Mantel FAQ

Q: How much do mantels cost?

A: Mantels are priced by the board foot which is a unit of volume for timbers. You can download a quick reference sheet for pricing your mantel here or contact us with your specific size and style for a custom quote.

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Q: How do I install my mantel? / Will you install my mantel?

A: Our favorite way to install mantels is using our custom made mounting hardware. Our staff can consult with you to determine how many brackets you will need for your mantel and advise you on the process. We are unable to offer install services at this time but we do have a list of talented local craftsman that we refer for these types of projects. Building a home? Your home builder will mostly likely be able to see to the installation of your mantel :)

Q: Can I pick out the exact beam used for my mantel?

A: We have pretty limited showroom space so the mantels we have on display are only examples of different styles and finishes that are available. We usually choose the beam that we will use for your mantel based on your desired "look", keeping in mind your preference for nail holes, notches, splits, and other characteristics. If you are hoping to hand-select your beam we encourage you to make an appointment so that we can have a staff member walk you through our yard. To make an appointment please call us at 701-361-8827 or email us at






ICSS Partners With AENDEE - Launches "the Little Scrappy Tree Company"

Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Putting up a Christmas Tree can be a joyful, painful, delightful family time. The cure for the trauma of trimming the tree: A Little Scrappy Tree. One couple's crazy idea is now a reality.

In a south Moorhead shop, Ashley Dedin and Seth Carlson have their own Santa's Little Workshop. Two elves cutting and drilling old, recycled and now re-purposed wood.

"And then it is just a matter of working your way up in layers," Dedin said.

A few pieces of layered wood, a steel rod and wooden base and you have what has become this area's newest holiday business: A Little Scrappy Tree.

"You could make these out of wood, but the fact they are made out of wood that had a different life as something else and being turned into a tree again," Dedin said.

You can buy the tree raw, bring it home and decorate it or buy already lighted with garland made out of flannel shirts.

From small to custom made tall little scrappy trees. From $25 to $95. Seth and Ashley each have their own creative businesses. Seth reclaimed wood, Ashley turns shirts into bowties, and they combined their talents to come up with this. 

"White pine, douglas fir, ponderosa pine and those are usually Christmas trees, and so it is kind of funny that the wood is going back and becoming a Christmas tree after it lived one or two lives," Carlson said.

A simple product made right here now being shipped to Christmas tree lovers around the world.

You can make your own Little Scrappy Tree on Thursday December 3rd at the south Moorhead warehouse.

Watch the WDAY interview here:

ICSS To Stock Large Reclaimed Wood Timbers In Addition To Millwork

Although ICSS has been involved in the salvaged wood industry since 2008, we are coming up on our second year of business here in Fargo, ND and have decided to begin stocking large reclaimed wood timbers in addition to providing millwork services.  

Never would we have expected the amazing outreach of support and enthusiasm this community has shown toward this industry in that time. Each day we are growing and helping bring sustainable building products into people's homes and businesses.

Our goal isto offer as diverse of an array of reclaimed wood products as is possible. To date, we offer paneling, flooring, mantels, raw board stock, and now a large inventory of beams. We custom machine and mill our wood right here in Fargo. We are the supplier, millwork, and retailer. No middle-men here. 

With our move to stock large beams, we hope to bring more structural components to people's homes that are 100% reclaimed and sustainable. The idea is that we can reduce the impact of modern-day logging by counteracting the demand with salvaged wood that was already logged over 100 years ago. 

Since the beginning, ICSS and its founder, Seth Carlson, have always embraced sustainability and reuse over profits. To this day, our overarching goal is to provide affordable access to sustainable products for anyone who demands it. You want to co-exist with the planet? Great. We'd love to help you make that happen.

Salvaging Bleachers From The Napoleon Dynasty | North Dakota Reclaimed Wood Supplier


It was an honor to work hand in hand with Napoleon Public Schools this week. I had the privilege of salvaging the bleacher boards that had been in use in their main gymnasium since the 1950s. 

For those who don't know, Napoleon, ND is a small town in south central North Dakota. Napoleon is famous for their successful wrestling program which has dominated North Dakota high school wrestling for decades. With over a dozen state team championships on their belt and a multitude of individual wrestling championships, Napoleon is truly a dynasty. 

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As a former North Dakota high school wrestler who spent countless hours watching [and competing against] the Napoleon team, I truly gained respect for these athletes and the community that backed them. A successful program like the Napoleon Wrestling team is only possible with the full support of their community. I felt that support coming from their fans back when I was in high school, and I still felt that pride and support the day I pulled these old bleachers out of their school. 

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It's kind of crazy to think how some things come back around in your life like this. Never did I think thatI would have a chance to own a piece of Napoleon High School history. I can say that it is an honor to hold onto a piece of this history that not only represents the many decades of amazing athletes from this small town, but more importantly--the fans and the community. Without this community, none of this success could have been possible. 

An immense amount of pride, respect, and love came from fans seated on these bleachers over the years. My crew and I are exceedingly honored that we are able to spread that pride, respect, and love onto new generations. Let's stop just building new houses and instead start building history into our homes... one old board at a time.

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ICSS Sources Historic 90's Era NDSU Modular Basketball Floor | Fargo Reclaimed Wood Flooring

The former Bison Sports Arena (now titled the Sanford Health Athletic Complex) revealed a hidden gem a month ago in its third floor boiler room. Currently, the building is undergoing a huge renovation to bring it up to Division 1 NCAA standards. While construction crews were working on utilities, they discovered this mysterious pile of wood when crawling around in the storage area and utility room. After a little investigating, they found it to be the 90s era modular basketball floor. 

This modular basketball floor was purchased in 1989 and remained the main playing floor for all basketball events throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Rumor has it, this was even used previous to 1989 in a different school. It was sold to NDSU and was stripped and repainted with new logos to replace the old rubber floors. It was then the official new playing field for Bison Basketball.

This "recycling" process with collegiate floors is nothing new. Every year, the Final Four tournament calls on many schools to purchase brand new floors, while their old floors (still useable) are forced to move on to a new home. In fact, one company specializes in refinishing these used modular floors so that they can see 20 more years of play at a new location. Although this refinishing process costs around $25,000, it definitely beats paying for a brand new floor. Prices for these [on the low end] start at $100,000.

So why isn't this floor being used any more? We guess that with the technological improvements of sporting facilities, this floor just became outdated. Today, modular basketball floors have up to 5 layers of "magic" material underneath the wood which eek out any dead spots and provide ample give for athletes jumping, running, and falling on these every day. 

Though vintage, this old modular floor still assembles quite easily and is beautiful when put together, showing off NDSU logos along the baselines and center court. We here at ICSS still have no idea what our plan for it is yet, but will hopefully have an answer before September. 

Yes, this old floor may have a few creaks here and there, but I'm guessing true Bison Fans are gonna be OK with that.  Besides, you know what a new basketball floor doesn't have that this one does

40 years of blood, sweat, and tears embedded in between the solid maple floor boards. 


Maxwells Restaurant Renovation | Fargo Reclaimed Wood Supplier

Maxwells is known for its artisan crafted meals, a huge wine selection, and one of the FM area's finest dining experiences. ICSSMelanie Michelle Designs, Finnu Design, McGlaughlin Construction, Grain Designs, and other local craftsmen teamed-up in this most recent renovation to bring Maxwells' interior up-to-date with a warm, yet innovative renovation.

ICSS Stocks New Reclaimed Barn Timbers From Fergus Falls | Minnesota Reclaimed Wood

Last week, we were able to get our hands on some beautiful reclaimed pine timbers. These were salvaged out of the Fergus Falls area in Minnesota.

Most of the dimensions are 4x6, 6x6, and 8x8. The possibilities are endless with these gorgeous beams. Whether it is for a mantle, furniture piece, shelving, decorative ceiling rafters, or to build that rustic guest cottage you've always dreamed of; these beams will help you get that job done with just the right touch of reclaimed warmth.

In addition to the pine timbers, we also got a handful of oak beams. These are very rustic, and very cool! Dimensions available are 8x8x12'-16' timbers as well as a bunch of 6x8 white oak blocks from the Globe Grain Elevator.  

Whatever your next project may be, take a second and consider how you can incorporate sustainable products into your home while also adding rare beauty and warmth found nowhere else but in reclaimed wood.  Check out a few more images of this inventory below and give us a call at 701-361-8827 if you are interested in placing an order or send us an email.