Wood Gloat #12: Slabs and Burls.

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Blog entry by degoose posted 05-22-2010 11:45 PM 3290 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Slab 'n' Burl Hardwoods.
have come all the way across the country from the centre of south western Western Australia to be part of the Brisbane Timber and Working with Wood Show this week end….. bringing with them some of the most fantastic Slabs and Burls I have ever seen…

Clint and Nikki Decke specialize in local timbers from around the family farm…

All of their timbers and burls have been sourced locally from surrounding private properties and forests manages by The Department of Conservation And Land Management (CALM) between 1992 and 2004. This has allowed them to acquire rare, high grade feature timber which has been stripped, stacked and air-dried in their shed.

“In the beginning (1992) our weekdays were spent running the farm, raising beef cattle and doing horticultural farming and our weekends were busy collecting wind fallen old growth trees. We would cut the logs to length and then into slabs and put the timbers away to air dry naturally. Today we still work the farm but our timbers are quickly becoming our primary focus.”
Nikki Decke

They have a wide variety of slabs and burls in stock, primarily Marri, Karri, Jarrah, and Black Butt.

Marri Slab..

Karri Burl.

Jarrah Slabs.

Blackbutt Slab.
The time has now come to open the shed doors and make all of this unique hardwood available to the craftsmen around the world. All of the slabs and burls are available as “raw” timber or “surfaced”, ready for you to make that special piece of West Australian hardwood furniture.
For more infomation on the Trees themselves check out…

Forests of the Southwest.
PS… no I did not buy any … but I would have liked to… well maybe a small piece…

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#1 posted 05-23-2010 12:09 AM

Oh the Karri burl. Beautiful. You lucky bastard. There I’ve said it.


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#2 posted 05-23-2010 02:42 AM

I would love to make a box out of Blackbutt wood just so I could chuckle every time I told someone about it ( like in junior high ).

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 03:26 AM

Ah common Larry Buy one of each kind.

-- 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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#4 posted 05-23-2010 03:29 AM

Wow I guess its time to have a board ft contest Larry Vs Karson who has the most board ft.

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 04:42 AM

they are beautiful slabs

fancy someone living 5000kms away and telling me of a wood supplier in my own back yard

thanks for the photos

I will look them up


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#6 posted 05-23-2010 05:08 AM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 11:17 AM

Wonderful wood Larry. You are fortunate to have such diversity where you live. Am I green with envy? You bet.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-23-2010 11:52 AM

I would love to get ahold of some, but it would cost way to much to get it to me..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 05-24-2010 02:08 AM

Nice burls.

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