Back from California with some new lumber

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 04-22-2009 05:28 AM 4153 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I’m back from another trip to So. California.

I had a nice dinner with fellow Lumberjock Joe Lyddon and I think we both had a good time.

While there, of course I had to visit some of my old wood suppliers. Also included was Austin Hardwoods mentioned by Allison. It was pretty good but a little on the expensive side. $50 a bf for Koa and $85 for Gabon Ebony? They did have a nice selection though.

They had one piece quarter sawn Douglas Fir with grain so tight I couldn’t see it.

Since I drove there I had to cut the longer pieces to 52” to fit in my car.

I did get a couple of great pieces like this 9 foot piece of 5/4 fully curly mahogany out of a stack for $4.20 a bf! You can’t really see it in the picture but it’s curly all the way across. Amazing!

Curly Honduran Mahogany

Here’s something that I have never seem before. A piece of Streamed European Beech quarter sawn with a pattern like you would find on QSWO. I found it in the middle of a pile also. They guy working there for the last 10 years said that he had never seen anything like it before. Not bad for $2.90 a BF. It was the only piece like it.

European Steamed Beech


Both those pieces came from Reel Lumber in Anaheim, CA

Here’s an outstanding piece of wood from the place I mentioned here

It’s a piece of Black and White Ebony. It has some of the most patterns I have ever seen on wood before. Don’t ask how much I paid for it.





I did pick up some Holly and Gabon Ebony but they don’t photograph too well. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 04-22-2009 05:43 AM

I can’t wait to see what you will create from this choice timber. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 04-22-2009 05:45 AM

nice finds .. good luck thinking up projects to showcase these beauties !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 04-22-2009 05:56 AM

Awe, I missed you. That was fast. I’m super swamped with things right now – full project deadline at work after most of a year next week, mom’s arrival on the 1st, friends’ wedding on the 2nd, building something for the wedding, etc… – but I had wanted to get together and check out the wood suppliers with you. Maybe next time.

I’m really glad you got your hands on that B&W, as I know you’ll do great things with it. The local LA Home Depot had a run of Euro Beech for a couple of weeks, I think early last year, and then I’ve never seen it again. I grabbed a small stack of the stuff, and found it to be incredibly hard. I, too, have not seen that QS pattern in it. All the stuff I had looked like this:

Euro beech dovetail box

That was my first successful dovetailing work, care of one of the Incra systems. There’s a bit of ray flake on the edge of the one panel there that reminds of what you’re seeing in your beech. I sympathize with having to cut up nice lumber for space reasons. I had to cut up this very curly birch plank as it wouldn’t fit in my storage shed at 9’ long:

curly birch board from Home Depot

I’ve looked through countless birch boards at Home Depot on countless visits, and it's the only one that’s ever had all this character in it. Sorry I missed you, but glad you got some good material to bring back with you!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 04-22-2009 06:00 AM

Very nice wood Gary. Glad you had a great wood hunting find.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 04-22-2009 06:08 AM

WOW! That B&W Ebony is awesome!

I can see you bookmatching all kinds of good stuff out of that! Get all you can from it!

Glad you made it back home OK.

I really enjoyed our visit… could’ve talked longer!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 04-22-2009 06:33 AM

Did yoiu get the Doug Fir?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 04-22-2009 06:37 AM

Wow, what I wouldn’t give for that B&W…........ never seen anything like it!
Looks like you had a good trip.

Are these the two places you usually get wood from?

BTW, If you get confused and can’t find a use for the B&W, I’ll take it!!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#8 posted 04-22-2009 07:46 AM

Garyk, we will now wait for some handsome projects from the beautiful lumber you have purchased. In your hands it will get a good shape.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 04-22-2009 01:38 PM

I agree with Joe…... That B&W Ebony is absolutely awesome looking! I wonder what a turned bowl would look like with a piece of that wood? Nice going Gary (on the purchase) whatever the cost.


-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#10 posted 04-22-2009 01:42 PM

Gary, those are some nice pieces that you managed to bring back. I can see lots of potential in them. They probably would have to throw me out of the place at closing time as it would be hard to leave.

Next time you make the trip take a truck. It might ‘break the bank” but you could could really load it up with a lot of gorgeous wood.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 04-22-2009 03:57 PM

Fly out, rent a (big) u-haul. I’ve never even heard or read about b&w ebony. you can learn something else every day on this site. Wonderful pieces.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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