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Blog entry by Allison posted 03-30-2008 06:01 AM 9219 reads 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I want to take a minute (or 2or 200) to tell you about an awesome place I found in southern Ca, Santa Ana to be exact. The name of it is Austin Hardwoods & Hardware(714) 953-4000 610 N Santiago St, Santa Ana, CA 92701.

The cross streets: Between E 6th St and E Santa Ana Blvd, This is the most outrageous place to locate the elite of hardwoods. Less than 20 miles from my fathers house in so. Ca. It is an absolute must stop for me when I go down to visit my father. They have wood there that you just can’t believe. Huge slabs that must weigh 100’s of lbs. for sale. There is veneer and I do mean veneer. Stuff I have never seen nor heard of before .The kind people that work there allowed me to take pictures inside their store. I told them that I had a personal woodworking blog at blogger and would they care if I placed the pictures I would be taking there.
They said not a problem!
The following pictures are from the inside front wall of this plain HUGE warehouse of wood. I took these pictures as I want to try to scroll this wall art. (in a much smaller format ) LOL!
and yes I asked permission!
Austins

Austins

I want to share with you these giraffes that they have there for sale. They are carved by the Ndeble Indian tribe in Africa where these trees are located(pictured below.) They are carved out of the entire tree. Pterocarpus angolensis is the true name of this wood. However it is known as MUNINGA.

Austins

Austins

Other common names are Mutete, Mukwa,Mtumbati, Kiatt,and Kajat.below are the particulars of this beautiful wood.

SPECIFIC GRAVITY: 0.59DENSITY: 41 pcf TANGENTIAL MOVEMENT: 1.50%RADIAL MOVEMENT: 1%VOLUMETRIC SHRINKAGE:DURABILITY: Excellent

( And of course I know what ALL THAT means!!!)

SOURCE: Southern Africa
DESCRIPTION: Muninga heartwood varies in color of light to deep brown shades, to shades of dark red with streaks which dissipate with exposure. Pale yellow to gray sapwood. Medium to coarse texture. Straight to interlocked grain. Not lustrous. Dry sawdust can irritate sinuses and lungs. Very good workability with machine and hand tools. Blunting of cutting edges is moderate. Cleanly sliced, and good for gluing. Excellent for carving and turnery. Used for flooring, building boats, fine joinery, furniture, and decorative veneer.

Below is a couple pictures of this beautiful wood.

Austins

Austins

Hopefully you may get an idea about how huge this place really is.They also sell blades of all kinds, and an assortment of other tools, but quite honestly I cannot say much about what else. The reason for that is I really have never looked. I can go just about anywhere and look for tools, but the chance to see aisles and aisles of the most exotic wood comes not often enough! Every time I have been there, I have stayed for hours. For me the ideas and thoughts of what I can do with some of this wood is almost overwhelming. I can never say enough good about this place. If you are ever in the vicinity you simply must check it out. I do believe it too will go on your list of” must stop there” when you are in the area.

I also cannot say enough about their employees!!!

Just one quick story. My husband and I insisted that my 87 (going on 25) year old father come with us to check this place out. An employee came up to us and asked if we wanted any help.

My father replied “ask her (pointing at me) she’s the woodworker , not me.”

My father then went on to say

“All I ever knew how to do was whittle and spit”

To this, the employee replied

“Well then sir, may I show you our knives?”

I believe that sums this place up.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!



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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 06:13 AM

WOW! thats really all i can say right now. thanks for the post!

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Earle Wright

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 06:14 AM

Allison,

I just ‘Googled’ their name, and their site is currently under construction. It will probably be an impressive site, once finished. Other Google hits were reviews of this place that I will read shortly.

Thanks for this post.

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 07:20 AM

I have lived near there all my life and I have never heard of this place. I will have to check it out next time I’m there. What are their wood prices like?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 07:58 AM

Thanks Allison—-I grew up in Irvine—-15 minutes from there…next time I am down to see Mickey Mouse and Grandma I will be visiting!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 11:33 AM

Sounds like a ticket to bankruptcy court to me.

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 12:13 PM

Hi Allison,

How did you get out of there? If I had wandered into there I don’t think that I would have been able to leave the store.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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odie

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 04:40 PM

Oh, OK i’ll try to get there Monday morning. Nice story … and you tell it so well.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 04:46 PM

Have to agree with rikkor on this one

-- Mark from Deer Park, Texas

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#9 posted 04-01-2008 02:07 AM

To you all, I agree with the bankruptcy deal.This the kind of store you hit when you win the lottery! LOL!!! GaryK asked what the prices were like there. Well I have nothing to compare it to,other than mail order catalogs . It’s not like I hung around the pine aisle. LOL!!! (No offense to pine, I am surrounded by it) All I can say is , for the product you are receiving I believe it is more than reasonable! PEACE!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#10 posted 04-01-2008 02:54 AM

Allison, I’m glad another LJ found where I get most of my stuff. I live just about a 1/2 mile from the place. For a little history about Austin Hw they began in Santa Ana on Fifth street in an old building where there once was another lumber yard called Golden City Lumber but thats talking about the 1970’s. Austin then moved to a place on south Main Street and they quickly out grew that place. It took me a while to figure out that one does not need a contractors licence to get their discount. I had been going there for a while and I always paid cash until I asked what was needed to get the better price and I found out that any woodworker that is in business can be put on their computer and your in. They told me the dicount is for the benefit of struggling woodworkers. I think the discount applies to lumber, plywood and hardware because I’ve noticed not every thing is discounted.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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GaryK

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#11 posted 04-01-2008 03:16 AM

Bob – Could you give some examples of their prices?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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odie

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#12 posted 04-01-2008 04:22 AM

I saw it, I saw it and it’s real.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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bobdurnell

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#13 posted 04-01-2008 07:06 PM

GaryK, I sure can. Just went out and checked some recent reciepts. These prices are without tax and some are with the woodworkers discount. 4/4 white oak was $3.55 bd ft, 4/4 walnut shorts were $4.20 bd ft, 60in x60inx 1/2in baltic birch is $33.57 a sheet, and 3/4in walnut A1 plywood was $75.20 a sheet. I hope this gives you an idea of their prices.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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bobdurnell

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#14 posted 04-03-2008 01:41 AM

I went to Austin hardwood today to verify the information I gave regarding its history. I talked to Kevin who has been working there since day one. I was wrong about them being at the Golden City Lumber location. Austin hardwood was across the street. I like to get the facts straight.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#15 posted 04-03-2008 04:36 AM

Thanks for the post, Allison. I lived in Cerritos for ten years, and traveled to Santa Ana once or twice a week in my job. I had never heard of Austin until a couple of years ago, but I also wasn’t a woodworker then. I have a friend who shops there regularly; he’s my source for great Mexican walnut burl material. I knew the store was great, but your post blew me away!

-- dickvn,Virginia,vannierop@urgrad.rochester.edu

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