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Reclaimed old timber can tell timeless stories

Wood pilings long soaked in harbor have modern cachet

CHELSEA — Arnie Jarmak sees history in wood.

That’s why he covets wood pilings that once held up wharves in Boston Harbor, and gets excited about reclaiming timbers from defunct factories across New England. In a world where decades-old buildings are regularly torn down, Jarnak sees himself a preservationist.

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