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Blog entry by DustyNewt posted 10-29-2009 01:30 AM 1995 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I primarily make small woodstuffs (my name keychains being the most popular) and I feel really guilty buying a large board of some beautiful exotic or domestic hardwood and then hacking it up into pieces that I can use. I feel that the board should go into a fine piece of furniture.

I then had an idea to email a request to internet lumber dealers for shorts and cut-offs that might otherwise be tossed into a landfill. I also hoped to add to my selection of woods for my customers with some interesting woods from around the world. I currently offer oak, maple, walnut, mesquite, zebrawood, rosewood and purpleheart.

Out of about fifteen requests sent out, I received exactly one (1) response. This was from Toby at Blue Moon Exotics in Ithaca, NY. Website link

He put together a 10+ lb. package together of some beautiful genuine Cuban Mahogany, Narra and Alexandrian Laurel. I got the package Monday. Perfect for what I make and some really interesting grains. Toby was also very nice to deal with. Here’s a pic of what I got.

From Other Woodwork

This also led me to add a swap proposal to the LumberJocks Swap Forum. A “Keychain for Scraps” deal.
See here.

As always, I have gotten a positive response from the LJ community. PapaDan sent me a box just this morning. I can’t wait to see what he has sent.


-- Peace in Wood ~

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#1 posted 10-29-2009 01:44 AM

I bet Rob has truck loads

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-29-2009 02:10 AM

A nice proposal for picking up some exotic woods.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 10-29-2009 02:17 AM

i have been doing a lot of cleaning lately send me a pm with more info brian

-- gagewestern

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#4 posted 10-29-2009 02:22 AM

I usually make small pieces too. I get my cut-offs from Chit’s Exotic Hardwood Cache (sells on ebay).


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