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Missoula's new Cabela's will have vintage, reclaimed wood look

Published On: Jan 09 2014 07:12:55 PM MST   Updated On: Jan 09 2014 09:56:45 PM MST

Cabelas 40,000 square foot building is sided with wood that looks like it came from one of Montana's old homesteads.

Much of it does.


Cabela's new store in Missoula will have a rustic, vintage old wood look.

The sporting goods store is currently under construction in Missoula, and is expected to be completed this summer.

Don Myhre is general contractor with Howard S. Wright contractors.

"It's barn wood, reclaimed wood," said Myhre, "some of the other log structures and that are distressed to make it look old."

Its lumber and timber that's been carefully dismantled. Contractors estimate much of it is 100 years old or older.

John Emerson said some of it came from a stockyard in Sun River, Montana, and areas around Great Falls. He said his mom even pulled some of the nails.

"Some of it was snow fence," said Emerson, "some of it was actually corrals."

The weathered wood prized by many for its aesthetics can be a challenge. It's warped, stained, often brittle.

"Sometimes you have to make crooked wood straight and that's the art form," said Emerson, "and that's what we like to do."

John Emerson grew up in Condon and lives in Columbia Falls, timber country. Don Myhre is from Puyallup, Washington, sawmill country too. Both men said they appreciate working on a project that brings new life to old wood.