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Thinking about selling Cuban mahogany from Florida

by Beauallen
posted 12-01-2018 03:10 AM


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Aj2

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#1 posted 12-01-2018 03:42 AM

I would think it depends on what your material looks like. How are you handling it ,do you have the ends sealed so the slabs don’t have long splits. Are they stickered and clean etc.
Let’s see some pics we like pics.

-- Aj

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Beauallen

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#2 posted 12-01-2018 05:26 AM

Yea the quality of the slabs are pretty good, no real cracking. Most of them have been kiln dried as well.

Here are some pictures

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#3 posted 12-01-2018 05:43 AM

I can’t speak for Florida specifically, but wide live edge wood seems to be a huge thing right now. I live in Ohio, and all of my local wood haunts are pushing live edge slabs, even of domestic woods.

Like any other high end lumber it will live and die by it’s price point, versus the quality, and scarcity, of the wood.

-- Think safe, be safe

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John Smith

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#4 posted 12-01-2018 12:50 PM

Beau – what part of “South Florida” are you in ?
have you done any research into importing/exporting
exotic woods into and out of certain parts of the country ?

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#5 posted 12-01-2018 01:19 PM

Beau, I live in Ft. Myers I also had a Mahogany slabbed, thanks to Irma. (also a large Oak). Where are you? I might be interested.

-- Petey

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#6 posted 12-01-2018 04:28 PM

This can be like selling a 1929 Hupmobile “barn find.” The buyer has to have a vision for what he/she would do with the Cuban Mahogany, and is willing to pay – how to get it home, the equipment for working it. The value will be whatever the buyer & seller agree on. I have seen slab tables for $40,000 in Seattle.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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Aj2

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#7 posted 12-01-2018 06:02 PM

Nice looking stuff. If you could connect a woodworker with someone that’s lusting for a slab table but doesn’t have the skills or tools.
You could do well.

-- Aj

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#8 posted 12-01-2018 06:27 PM

I have seen slab tables for $40,000 in Seattle.

- Phil32

A lot depends on your local market. Yes We love our live edge slab stuff here, especially if the piece has some provenance that it was grown locally in the Pacific NW but we also have the other part of the equation…. thousands of Microsoft, Amazon and other wealthy tree huggers with lots of disposable income that will pay top dollar for it without a second thought. And we can also get an 8’ maple or walnut slab that is flat, dry and epoxy filled for $300.

Beauallen – Welcome to ljs. Hold your camera horizontally and your pictures will post in the right orientation.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#9 posted 12-01-2018 11:18 PM

Andybb – That was my point – there are too many variables to define what the slabs might sell for, or where they can be marketed. My stepson in the Seattle area has had two large trees slabbed (in the process of building a home on forested land). They are stacked, stickered, and protected from the weather, but he has no plans for what to do with them. It may be months or years before they are ready.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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Jeff

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#10 posted 12-02-2018 12:18 AM

If it was my wood I’d cut it into turning blocks instead. Most of the species you mentioned make terrific bowls with great grain patterns. I love monkey pod and rosewood. Search the internet. There are others in your area who do just that.

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#11 posted 12-02-2018 03:20 PM

I’d be careful not to run afoul of CITES with any of the rosewood. It’s obviously not being imported, and not being slashed out of a rain forest for quick profit, but it is a point that I would be checking out before I sold any of it.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 12-04-2018 01:39 PM

Advantage Lumber in Sarasota may be interested. There is a woodworking club in Tampa that has a bandsaw mill but I don’t remember which one. The club will probably be at the Tampa Wood show this January.

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#13 posted 04-07-2020 07:15 PM

where are you from in S Florida? I am in Wellington. I would be interested in getting some wood.

-- John in Florida

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#14 posted 04-07-2020 07:27 PM

I think I could just about run across the atlantic to get my hands on some mango. The slab thing is all the rage here in Spain too. When I first moved here, my local lumber supplier stocked very few slabs, mostly olivewood. Now, theyve got slabs for days, even walnut from the States, which is absurdly, prohibitively expensive.

Anyway, cant hurt to open a side business, with some effort and sweat you could likely do well.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#15 posted 04-07-2020 07:57 PM

the O/P is in Ft. Myers and has not been heard from since Dec-2018.
with Covid-19, I need some mahogany shipped to me bc I won’t be able
to go out and about for some time yet.
will probably get it from Etsy or Ebay.

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#16 posted 04-07-2020 08:47 PM

ahh, darn, I hate that when an old thread gets revived and I dont notice until John points it out!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#17 posted 04-07-2020 08:53 PM

Hey guys, for some reason I just now started getting notifications for this thread.

I am in the West Palm area and have a bunch I would like to get rid of.

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John Smith

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#18 posted 04-07-2020 08:58 PM

wow – and Lazarus arises !!

Beau – please describe what you have to sell.
kiln or air dried, how old, how stored, rough or S2S, yada yada yada
minimum/maximum size you will ship, etc.

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#19 posted 04-07-2020 11:08 PM

If you are still watching, also beware of regulations about transportation of wood across state lines, even county lines. This is due to insect s spreading. Ash borers came from China, and have destroyed much of the ash in the midwest. There are or were laws about moving wood or logs across county lines. That is why Florida has agricultural inspection station traveling into Florida.

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Beauallen

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#20 posted 04-09-2020 03:08 PM

Everything I have has been cut into slabs and air dried in a covered shed for about 1.5-2 years. Right now in April (pre south Florida rainy season) the wood is all reading about 12-13% MC. I do also have a decent amount of mahogany turning blanks.

Species I have available:
1. Mahogany
2. Mango (some spalted too)
3. Rosewood

I plan on photographing and uploading all the pieces to my etsy site https://www.etsy.com/shop/DomesticExoticWoods

Shipping is not too bad on slabs under the 48” length range. Larger slabs usually have to be sent via freight

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