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(hope nobody minds that I spam you with wood porn)

just got this top the other day in the mail (elwoodmusic/etsy).  It is crazy dark for flamed maple looks almost torrified.  1.15" thick.   has some chatter on the top but plenty with thickness to work with. 

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also hit my local haunt (peterman lumber) at lunch the other day and damn near killed myself picking through a bunch of purple heart to get to this 10' piece...

anywho... having fun and probably should stop buying wood... but I won't!

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Just now, willliam_q said:

I wish I had a local hardwood source, I don’t think Northern Ireland has much int the way of hardwood suppliers. 

well, you get guiness/telemore dew... I get wood - who really wins there?

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I wish I had a local hardwood source, I don’t think Finland has much in the way of hardwood suppliers. We don't have Guinness or Tullamore Dew either.

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3 hours ago, willliam_q said:

Where do you get your timber@ADFinlayson?  Do you order online?

There is a timber yard 1/4 mile from me that sell oak, ash sapele, meranti etc. Ash and Sepele from them I use, they're also a good source for ply occasionally I get them too resaw billets I've bought elsewhere. So it's worth you looking for a local timber merchant, there must be some in NI - I doubt very much that carpenters in NI import their timber. There are 3 within 5 miles of where I live so that gives you an idea of how common they are.

I get some off ebay, just from searching flame maple top etc. Ive bought from Woodwise and Exotichardwoods uk ltd before, they are near stoke on trent. I also buy the really nice stuff from A chap called Mevla who sells on facebook, he's based in Bosnia and sells eastern eurpean walnut and maple. It's not cheap but it is superior to anything I've seen listed by the exotic hardwood suppliers in the UK. I've bought Ziricote from a USA ebay seller.

Really it's just a case of trawling the internet, there is always a risk when you buy something from a new seller but that's just how it goes.

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1 hour ago, norm barrows said:

Good wood is like good music, you find it where ever it happens to be. and whenever it happens to be there.   When you do find it - grab it.  You may not be able to find something as nice, once you have a build for it.

Back in the late 80's the Fender Frontline magazines found their way to the local music store and I grabbed every issue I could find. An article was about their Custom Shop and how their agents looked for the widows of late woodworkers to inexpensively buy the remaining stock which may have been in a nice shelter for several decades, dry and dusty...

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11 hours ago, Bizman62 said:

I wish I had a local hardwood source, I don’t think Finland has much in the way of hardwood suppliers. We don't have Guinness or Tullamore Dew either.

hmmm. you got those strupwaffel things tho?  that's a win if so!

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7 hours ago, norm barrows said:

All the really good luthiers i see on youtube have wood collections - and wood vaults - and other cool stuff like that.

Heck, i saw a guqin luthier who has a 40 year stockpile!

Both Ben Crowe of Crimson Guitars and Jeff Kiesel of Kiesel Guitars have wood vaults.  They actually show the Kiesel vault in a factory tour video.

And yeah, the're full of all this beautiful stuff that they've been saving for like 10 years, waiting for the right build to come along.

Good wood is like good music, you find it where ever it happens to be. and whenever it happens to be there.   When you do find it - grab it.  You may not be able to find something as nice, once you have a build for it.

I guess you could say that even i have a "wood vault", with exactly one piece in it - a mahogany body blank.   I bought it thinking i'd need it, but without a specific build in mind.  So far i haven't needed it.   So it gets stockpiled until the right build comes along.

OTOH one must always be wary of buying cool stuff for cool stuff's sake, if you can't really afford it.   Look before you leap   - and think before you act.

I've heard of this "think before you act thing"... doesn't sound like something I'd be interested in.

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8 hours ago, mistermikev said:

hmmm. you got those strupwaffel things tho?  that's a win if so!

Nope, only as imported from the Netherlands. Stroopwaffels are a Dutch specialty.

For some reason I got thinking about the videos where random Americans had to show any country on a world map...

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2 hours ago, Bizman62 said:

Nope, only as imported from the Netherlands. Stroopwaffels are a Dutch specialty.

For some reason I got thinking about the videos where random Americans had to show any country on a world map...

Geography def not my strong suit... I could not point out norway, sweden or finland. 

I guess just metal then!

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13 hours ago, MiKro said:

Look at this way Mike,

It is not the stock market. The thing is this though, hard to find wood is getting harder to find. It is also, gaining in price. So it is an investment and rarely drops in price. :)

mk

not sure how I missed your post the first time... sorry.  very true.  you pass on it and then somewhere a few months down you are looking for a good piece and can't find anything.  there... I feel better about my habit now!  ty for that.

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35 minutes ago, mistermikev said:

not sure how I missed your post the first time... sorry.  very true.  you pass on it and then somewhere a few months down you are looking for a good piece and can't find anything.  there... I feel better about my habit now!  ty for that.

I agree with Mikro, and if I get skint, I can alway stick it on ebay 

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30 minutes ago, ADFinlayson said:

I agree with Mikro, and if I get skint, I can alway stick it on ebay 

I was with you right up to the point of sticking it on evilbay.  The wood flows one-way around my house!  selling it... that's crazy talk!  hehe

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