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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 07-28-2012 01:42 PM 1973 reads 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just for those of you in the States who think your wood is expensive.

The little beauty in the foreground is African Ebony. 32cm x 5.5cm sq’. It cost me £25GBP, thats about $40US.
Bringing up the rear is a piece of Pau Amarello at a relatively modest £3, $4.80.

Ebony is very difficult to get over here in anything bigger than turning blank sizes. Unless you are a banker/oil baron.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com



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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 07-28-2012 01:47 PM

They have some ebony at the place I go to near Halifax, but it is probably similar to what you pay. The ‘board foot’ prices are somewhere around $120cdn a board foot. I always admire the way you selectively use ebony in your projects, Martyn. You certainly make the best use of what you have available.

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 07-28-2012 02:08 PM

Ouch!

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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SPalm

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#3 posted 07-28-2012 02:12 PM

Nice looking hunk O’wood Martyn. Ebony seems to be expensive everywhere.

Here is a link to the prices at my wood store, when I don’t buy domestics directly from a farmer.
http://www.exoticlumberinc.com/price_list.php

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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michelletwo

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#4 posted 07-28-2012 02:14 PM

wood is expensive & getting scarce..many ebonies are no longer being exported. Better buy now!! :-0
Guess you will have to find substitutes for your boxes. Sucks fer sure!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#5 posted 07-28-2012 02:18 PM

African ebony is not cheap in the U.S.A. And, it is hard to find. I purchased some last March on e-bay at a little under $90 bf, but haven’ t bought any more or checked lately.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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mauibob

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#6 posted 07-28-2012 03:29 PM

I second Steve’s suggestion, Martyn. Exotic Lumber (exoticlumberinc.com) has been my source for such goodies, and to boot they are only 10 miles from me here. Neal and his lovely wife, both from South Africa, run the operation and he always has a great selection and prices. For the size of piece that you showed, Macassar would run you $24.60 ($60/bd.ft.) and Gabon $32.80 ($80/bd.ft.). I don’t know how much it would cost to ship to your neck of the woods, nor if there would be an import duty placed on it, but you might look into them as an option.

Bob

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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mauibob

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#7 posted 07-28-2012 03:32 PM

Forgot to mention, Martyn. Exotic Lumber usually has a large lot of both Gabon and Macassar ebony available at all times. I have never had a problem acquiring nice pieces from them—I use it a lot in my marquetry designs.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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Doe

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#8 posted 07-28-2012 03:34 PM

Congratulations on your new addition; I look forward to seeing what it grows up into.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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Ken90712

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#9 posted 07-28-2012 03:46 PM

Nice, some amazing wood!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 07-28-2012 04:46 PM

Even here in France it’s cheaper than that.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#11 posted 07-28-2012 05:08 PM

It’s even more expensive here in Norway Martyn (when you can get it), so don’t feel so bad.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BritBoxmaker

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#12 posted 07-28-2012 05:11 PM

michelle, I’m looking at ways of dyeing something like English Sycamore, black. Dye penetration is something I’m not that up on but I need it to go at least 1mm deep to allow for finishing. If anyone out there can help me out with some pointers I would be very grateful.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#13 posted 07-28-2012 05:12 PM

Thanks, Mike.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Roger

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#14 posted 07-28-2012 07:49 PM

Oh I know some pieces n parts from these will go nicely in somethin you’ve got in your mind.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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BritBoxmaker

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#15 posted 07-28-2012 08:20 PM

Oh and Bob and Steve, thanks for the pointer to Exotic Lumber. Unfortunately I fear import duties, shipping and tax would probably wipe out any saving.

Roger, yes I am sure they will.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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