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Forum topic by ColoradoBrian posted 10-15-2021 04:48 AM 721 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2021 04:48 AM

I’m traveling to the US Virgin Islands next month. I’m pondering buying a chunk of something cool that I find down there and bringing it home. Whatever will fit in my bag. But is there anything to be gained? Is there anything neat down there that we can’t get here on the mainland?

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#1 posted 10-15-2021 05:05 AM

I have a lump of “Caribbean ironwood” also known as black ironwood. It’s actually a carved stick which I got from a friend. Not sure what to do with it, but that doesn’t stop me.

Of course there’s something to be gained! I can buy anything not on CITES from my computer, but stuff I dragged onto the plane or threw in the company truck has more mental value.

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#2 posted 10-15-2021 05:28 AM

I find that the woods used in many of the islands i have been on on various cruises are similar to the woods used on objects that they have for sale at places like Cost Plus and Pier 1 etc. I did buy a carved pineapple in Jamaica once, you could watch the guys carving them there etc, and it has Jamaica carved in the bottom, so a great keepsake of that particular cruise.

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#3 posted 10-15-2021 12:24 PM

I would look for a big chunk of Lignum Vitae.

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#4 posted 10-15-2021 07:04 PM

You might want to check with customs first. Some woods can carry insects that need to stay out of the U.S. This is true for plants; I don’t know if wood would be in the same category. Check to be safe.

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#5 posted 10-15-2021 08:08 PM

You aren’t kidding some products need to stay out. There’s a lot of PDF’s on this. It appears that ‘processed’ wood, especially on the scale of what would fit in a suitcase, is exempt from those requirements. I’m not sure if 6/4 lumber is ‘processed’. CITES is an interesting one. It apparently does not apply to US Territory to Mainland movement. That being said, I have to pause and consider the ethics of contributing to the harvest of a critically endangered tree species. I’m not about to encourage someone to go kill a leatherback turtle so I can have a souvenir.

I’m now definitely bringing something back, but I’m curious what the more fun woods there might be (sans CITES species).

-- They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time.

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#6 posted 10-15-2021 11:36 PM



You aren t kidding some products need to stay out. There s a lot of PDF s on this. It appears that processed wood, especially on the scale of what would fit in a suitcase, is exempt from those requirements. I m not sure if 6/4 lumber is processed . CITES is an interesting one. It apparently does not apply to US Territory to Mainland movement. That being said, I have to pause and consider the ethics of contributing to the harvest of a critically endangered tree species. I m not about to encourage someone to go kill a leatherback turtle so I can have a souvenir.

I m now definitely bringing something back, but I m curious what the more fun woods there might be (sans CITES species).

- ColoradoBrian

Oh turtles aren’t much of souvenirs down in the Caribbean, they are more of a soup. Turtle farms are just another type of cattle farm there.

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#7 posted 10-17-2021 09:46 PM

Most of the hardwood I’ve seen on a regular basis here (StT) is imported ipe and sapele. I haven’t looked for anything “exotic “ because I’m still doing mostly concrete work. If you know what you are looking for I might have a contact for you. You can pm me for details. Enjoy your trip and watch out for the bushwackers!

Fww I’m pretty sure harvest of any marine turtles is a pretty serious offense. From what I understand the shells fetch a pretty penny in the black markets.

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#8 posted 10-17-2021 10:03 PM

The wood products you may see for sale in the USVI may not come from there. While visiting Bermuda a few years ago I asked about some carved masks. “Oh those are from Malaysia. They could not be produced here within the minimum wage rates.”

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