Found A Haven For Hardwood Maple

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Blog entry by Trev_Batstone posted 02-15-2012 04:15 AM 7336 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today while browsing the ‘Materials’ section of Craigslist, I responded to an ad for burls of birds eye maple and curly maple. I phoned the guy and he said he has 100’s of burls, selling them cheap. He is a guitar maker, and any wood that has a slight imperfection such as a small knot is a ‘reject’ for him. I went over to his place and sure enough, one wall of his garage was 100’s of burls of beautiful birds eye and curly maple piled about 6 ft. high along the wall. He says that the wood (burls) just keep coming and he has to get rid of what he can’t use for guitars. Today, I bought 3 pieces for $20 each, a photo of one of them is attached here. He said anytime that I wanted more, to just come back, and even if he wasn’t home to just take what I want and slip an envelope through his mail slot.. no problem. Most of the burls are still wet, so I have to paint the edges to prevent cracking and let them dry for a period of time, but it is beautiful wood at what I consider a great price for some future projects. My wife even liked what I brought home, so I don’t have to feel guilty now about going back for more.


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#1 posted 02-15-2012 07:11 AM

This is the kind of story I love to hear and hate to hear. Quite a find. I expect to see some nice work with this wood.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 07:28 AM

are you going to share his email and or his phone number i am always looking to buy burls here in ca

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 02:43 PM

Great looking burl, wish you were a little closer, but British Columbia is a bit far to drive even if the wood
and the price is great. Thank you for sharing and giving us something to drool over.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 05:12 PM

trev i believe you have stumbled into a gold mine for burl, what you are showing is just magnificent…your a lucky man…you can get some mighty nice veneer from that…thanks for sharing your find…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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