Our Company

The Olde Mill is a premier manufacturer of  handcrafted reclaimed architectural beams, mantels, floating shelves, door headers, posts and custom wood products.

We carefully select structural timbers from salvaged longleaf pine to be re-milled and re-engineered to beautiful, naturally finished beams. Our wood beams have the look and feel of solid structural beams as well as the advantages of an engineered piece: multi-functional, durable, lightweight, and easy to install. The Olde Mill focuses on the highest quality craftsmanship of a variety of stock and custom architectural products chosen by home builders, commercial contractors and homeowners.

Eco-friendly and LEED certified, the hollow box beam form can hide conduit, electrical and sound system wiring with the look of a solid beam suitable for home, office, retail and restaurant environments.  Founder/Owner Richard L. Ourso, CKD, CAPS and his team of designers and craftsmen welcome the opportunity to collaborate with architects and construction industry professionals on a variety of projects.

Our Founder

Richard Ourso has decades of experience working in the residential construction, first as a skilled woodworker and successful craftsman, and then as a designer and business owner.  He has been a member of the NKBA for more than ten years, and he holds Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and Aging in Place Specialist Certification (CAPS). Richard is an active member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Louisiana Home Builders Association (LHBA) and Executive Board Member and Past President of the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge (HBA GBR).

Our Materials

Reclaimed Longleaf Pine is the starting point for our reclaimed engineered beams, mantels, shelves, and wood products. We recycle and reengineer 100 year old wood reclaimed from all over the country, which gives you the rustic look of old wood and protects the current growths of Longleaf Pine. We cut veneers out of one reclaimed post, and laminate the veneers onto engineered wood to create a beam that has the lightweight functionality and durability of an engineered product, without the risk of warping or twisting, while retaining the look of a solid antique pine piece.

Our Product

Here we’re hell-bent on hand crafted and committed to every detail. We believe for things to be done right, they need to be done with passion and pride. We value the importance of history, so we manufacture our products to last as long as your home does. Everything is built by hand and made for life, right here in the U.S.A. The Olde Mill reclaimed engineered beams are a versatile choice in any application that does not call for a structural placement of solid wood or in any application where there is a need to conceal conventional framing. We start our process by acquiring salvaged solid Antique Longleaf Pine Beams. We re-mill the beams into 1/4″ thick veneers.  At this point, the wood is returned back to its raw state. The veneer is then laminated to a plywood substrate. Next, we straighten & shape them into a miter profile. Then we hand clamp the beams together with quality weatherproof wood glue. Lastly we reshape &  texture the beams by hand.