A Wood Store

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 01-07-2008 09:22 PM 1408 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

January 7, 2008

When Rick and I went to the wood show in Toronto last fall, we stopped at a booth that had a variety of veneers on display. When I picked up the written information I discovered that they were located in Cambridge, not too far away from me. Rick, who had lived in that area his entire life didn’t know the store. Well, it turns out, after we tracked it down on the weekend, that it’s “that blue building by the river”. He had passed it a zillion times in his life – always seeing it but never knowing what it was.

They are open on Saturdays until noon, so we made it our first stop of the day as we did the “to do” rounds. What a surprise; what a treasure – and it had been sitting under our noses all this time. First, we went upstairs and found rows and rows of wood. There were hardwoods, soft woods, exotic woods; there were spalted woods and burl woods; there were blocks of wood, chunks of wood, planks of wood; there were woods for pen blanks, and intarsia; they had a room specifically for musical instruments (but we forgot to go there). They had several HUGE wood slices of tree that were about oh… 10 feet high and 8 feet wide.. it seemed that big anyway.. HUGE. I am pretty sure the one was a “burl” and it said “sold” and if I read the writing correctly it said that the down payment of $4000 had been received.

There were also some small pieces of burl …. something really heavy… the pieces were about 2×2x8” and they were $49. (I think… the cost made my eyes water and I couldn’t see straight after that so I’m not sure exactly.)

The rest of the wood, the “plain ol’ wood” was quite reasonably priced, I think. Then, we went downstairs and they entire floor was dedicated to veneer. That was fascinating. There was also another building that held even more wood, but we didn’t go out there.

oh.. AND


.. wait for it..

wait for it..

they had willow! Ha. beautiful pieces of willow.

Yes, Tom, I took a picture.. just for you. Here’s what I brought home to play with.

And then, this morning, I checked Freecycle and this little baby was posted to give away. Lucky me, I got it; drove to town and picked it up and it’s now sitting waiting to hung up in my living room. It’s a 26” square antique tin ceiling tile (which was from “the Right House”, a store I frequented as a young girl with my Mom). The frame is 100+ year old barn board, from a barn in Elmira, Ontario.

Don’t you think it is going to look awesome along with my TV frame that Rick and I made a few weeks ago??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 01-07-2008 09:27 PM

It would seem that you found a gold mine! I wish I had a store like that close to me.

Good Find!

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

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#2 posted 01-07-2008 09:30 PM

it sure felt like a gold mine. Pretty exciting.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 01-07-2008 09:52 PM

What a cool thing to learn you have this establishment so close to you. What are you going to buy first? <grin>

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#4 posted 01-07-2008 09:56 PM

I’m not sure, Jeff… but it won’t be those little blocks of burl … or one of those big slices of tree trunks…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 01-07-2008 09:56 PM

There’s nothing like a good wood find.

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#6 posted 01-07-2008 09:58 PM

Boy am I jealous. I wish we had a place like that around here. Are you sure it was real? Doesn’t sound like it to me. You might want to go back and check. I would be interested in seeing some pictures of the place, if they would let you.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 01-07-2008 10:00 PM

Dont let the high prices on some of that wood intimidate you, those are just pieces that arent really for sale. The owner also gets amazed at some wood pieces too, but his salesmen side without realizing it posts them for sale. Start a conversation with the owner about the high priced wood, after a while go to the stuff you want to buy….and ask for discount. lol
I love messin with salesmen.

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#8 posted 01-07-2008 10:07 PM

here’s the website. Next time I’m there, I’ll take a camera and ask permission to post some pictures for you

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 01-07-2008 10:15 PM

Man, I can’t believe your telling people about this!!! ;^)

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#10 posted 01-07-2008 10:17 PM

Mmmm! the nearest thing to heaven Debbie! The numbers written on the board ends – are they your ‘board-feet’ measure?

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#11 posted 01-07-2008 10:30 PM

rikkor… it was just a dream.. yah, that’s it.. just a dream… picture is a fake.. didn’t happen.. yah…

Y.Stewart – you can tell me what a board foot is and I’ll remember it for a moment.. but then tomorrow I’ll go “huh?”

I think it was the cost for each of the pieces.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#12 posted 01-07-2008 10:52 PM

It sounds like you had a good time there. I get so excited in a place like that that my wife laughs at me.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#13 posted 01-07-2008 11:10 PM

Great blog Miss Debbie, how about sending some of that willow down under.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 01-07-2008 11:13 PM

part with willow??? be still my heart
it is So beautiful and so light.. hey, it would be cheaper to ship, I guess…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 01-08-2008 12:06 AM

If someone can drive by it again and again and not know what the business is, sounds like that place needs a better sign. Must be run by the same folks that said the church I serve didn’t need a sign.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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