A young man at my work comes from a rural farm and often visits home on the weekends. I asked him if he had any barn board and he looked at me like I had gone crazy, wondering why I wanted any. He has an endless supply and if I think of anything that I really want to make, I have it at my fingertips.
I decided to start out slowly with a sample piece that he brought to me. He figures the barn is at least 100 years old!
I did nothing to it as I thought it was perfect as is. I found a package of 5 cast iron hooks at the thrift store, which made this project $3. Now we have another spot in our limited storage area to hang stuff.