Today a friend of mine through our used tool store and a fellow craftsman dropped off an incredible gift for me today while I was working.
His name is Fred, and he is an amazing artist. He mostly builds large scale sculptures (20 ft tall) out of metal. He uses a lot of interesting and unusual materials for his works. He also runs a mill with another one of our customers and often stops by the shop to show us their latest “find” in the back of his modest pickup truck. Usually an incredible slab of black walnut burl, five feet across, or something of the like.
Well last week he told me that they had arranged to mill a Black Acacia tree for someone in the area. He asked me if I had ever used Black Acacia. I told him that I hadn’t even seen any before, so he told me he would bring me a small piece.
Well, this is what he brought me about an hour ago:
The main slab is about 2’ by 1’ across and 10” thick, plus a few smaller chunks with wonderful contrast between the sapwood and heart. There is an amazing amount of different colors throughout the wood.
I suppose I’ll have to let it dry for a couple of years before I can use it? It’s very wet. Does anyone know anything about Black Acacia wood?
These are the other slabs that he had in the back of his truck:
Just another perk of working at a local used tool store, I’m guess!
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