Rare Woods find in Maine

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Blog entry by 489tad posted 07-15-2012 02:18 AM 3171 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While on vacation in Maine just up the road from my in-laws I noticed a sign at the bottom of the hill
What? Rare Woods? Where?
The only thing up there is the old dowel mill so I was told. Up the drive to several large buildings. I was greeted by a friendly retriver. He lead me to Rory, owner of Rare Woods USA. I told Rory I was on vacation saw his sign and had to stop in. Rory graciously truned on the lights and gave me the grand tour.

While telling me of his operations move from South Africa to Rumford ME I was blown away by the thousands of board feet of lumber. Stacks and stacks. I know I only heard half of what Rory was saying. I was trying to figure out how to get some home with me. Rory told me they ship world wide. Back in the show room along the walls in alphabetical order are the species Rare Woods carries. Its all there. Everything caught my eye and now I have no idea what to build my tool chest out of. One thing is for sure there will be some Lead Wood involved. That stuff is just down right heavy.

Out in one of the warehouses there are boxes of turning blanks, gun stocks, more lumber and machinery they use.

Back in the show room Rory has a nice collection of antique tools. There was just so much to take in. I didn’t take enought pictures. We talked for quite awhile and Rory was genuienly interested in me as a hobby woodworker. Thats when I told him about Lumberjocks and the wide range of woodworkers on the site. He was impressed. Impressed so much that I think I caught a picture of him signing up.

My visit to Rare Woods USA was a great part of my vacation. I was only able to bring back a little zebra wood. My mother in law hitched a ride with us and I like her too much to give her the Aunt Edna treatment (Vacation Movie). Go check out the web site my blog just does not do justice to

Thanks for reading.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 02:47 AM

Thanks for sharing your visit. I’d love to go see all the species of wood I’ll never be able to afford… But, to people in other places, the American black walnut, wild cherry, and hard maple are rare woods too.

I’m going to check out their website now.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 03:18 AM

What a great find on vacation. I am sure you will have no problem visiting the in laws now

-- Norman

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 04:39 AM

you’ll have to visit the in-laws with a truck and trailer next time

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#4 posted 07-15-2012 06:41 PM

OK 489TAD – WHERE ARE YOU HIDING THIS PLACE?! Wait a minute, I found it – waaayyy off the beaten track!

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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#5 posted 07-15-2012 08:22 PM

Hopefully it made that long trip a little more interesting, i think i can spot the drool in the reflection of the 3rd picture.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 03:25 PM

I just found one of the cards he gave me. over 400,000 board feet in stock at all times. Yes there was drool.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 07-16-2012 03:44 PM

I wish my office desk had that kind of view… I’d take that over my window seeing downtown …

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#8 posted 10-03-2014 05:22 PM

Sounds like a place I could stay all day.

-- Wood working will help heal your body and mind !!

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#9 posted 12-07-2014 12:40 PM

Hi Dan, that was a good find Rare Woods thanks for the coments on my Hutch. What is the trade you work in

-- John J.

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