I was recently in search of a plank of Ash for my airplane project, so I contacted a couple of wood shops. Fortunately, I found that there are several hardwood shops in the Tulsa area. The first shop I visited is where I purchased my Ash. I asked the operator if he had any scraps that he might sell me… after digging through his scrap pile we scrounged up a couple pieces of Brazilian Cherry and Rad Oak that he sold me at a considerable discount.
After I left that shop, I wondered what else I might find if I were to ask around, so I called another shop to ask when they might have that was going to the dumpster. This fellow said that he had a trash bin full of Walnut that I could have if I wanted to come haul it. I went to take a look… no big planks, but some nice chunks… several pieces are 8” x 12” x 1 5/16”. He told me that these were drop pieces from a restoration project… he estimated the age at ~100 years old. This wood might go back to Okahoma statehood! I ran a few pieces through my new planer and they are beautiful! I think I might make my wife a box of some sort out of this stuff. Not all of it, but definitely one of the prettier pieces.
I’ll be calling back to see if I can come take a look once in a while.
One of the original pieces. All of them looked similar to this… rough, gray and dry.
Some views of a few pieces after cleaning them up a bit. I’ve got maybe a dozen pieces of similar size.
-- Mark - Working on a 1930s wood and fabric airplane.