A lot of my projects are made from dunnage.
According to Wikipedia: “Typically dunnage is inexpensive or waste material used to protect and load securing cargo during transportation. “
The dunnage I use was shipped in from India to brace steel radio transmission towers.
The pieces are roughly 2 1/2 inches by 2 inches and either 24 or 36 inches long.
Right now I have a stack of about 750 pieces at the end of my lathe.
It’s 36 by 36 inches and about 7 feet tall, with the pieces stacked tightly together.
I have another stack of the 24 inch pieces that is 24 inches tall and 3 feet wide.
As best I can determine, the wood is offcuts from the Indian furniture industry. Most of the pieces are the heart of the core. Others have large knots, or cracks. All defects that are not desirable for fine furniture making.
The wood is apparently from africa, the mid-east, and the far-east.
I’ve pulled pieces, of acacia, ebony, mahogany, teak, marare, and movingui.
I try to keywork all my projects that are from dunnage, so you can do a search to find them.
-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."