I just wanted to let you all know that I was privileged to be selected by Greg and his wife, the owners of Oregon Burls to receive a beautiful and unique slab. This was in response to a contest Greg had on LJ’s. http://lumberjocks.com/OregonBurls/blog/18972
Due to work and weather it’s been a few weeks since Greg notified me that I had won his contest. As a matter of fact it was when David and Rick from LJ’s were visiting. I was really surprised that I was selected, but so happy to get this is a unique and wonderful madrone slab.
Here is the burl it was cut from
The slab will need some time to dry out sufficiently before I can make something from it, but that gives me time to ponder what I’ll make, any suggestions? I was only able to go down to Oregon Burls (about 50 miles south of my home) on a day that Greg had a previous appointment, but Greg was kind enough to have me come down after all. When I drove up, Greg’s home and shop was pretty much as I imagined wonderful burls everywhere. Even though Greg had limited time, he offered me a tour of all his fantastic slabs and burls and let me select the one I wanted.
Wow, does he have a ton of cool slabs and fantastic burls. He gave me a tour of his shop and let me see some of his upcoming projects. Asking how far away he was shipping his great wood and he mentioned he had just shipped 1000 lbs of burl to New York. I was very surprised to hear that even though he was shipping all the way to the east coast and the slabs weighed 1000 lbs, it only cost a little over $200 to ship all that great wood. Along with having very reasonable prices on his one-of-a-kind slabs and burl wood the shipping was far, far less then I would have thought. It was time to go and Greg moved a few slabs and got out the slab I had selected (all the way in the back of the pile) not only did he spend all that time with me and lift and move dozens of slabs to help me select which one I wanted, but then he insisted on carry this giant slab out to my truck by himself even though I offered to help. I hadn’t told him, but I had strained my back the day before, so I was very grateful for this kind act.
All I can say is THANKS SO MUCH GREG! And if you’re thinking about burl or slab think Oregon Burls. Greg has some very special slabs for guitar-making that look like art all by themselves. If he is this generous and help to someone he gives wood to, you can only imagine how well he treats his customers! BTW, Greg sells his great wood on Ebay, as well.
Check out Oregon burls website http://oregonburls.com/
-- W James Brokenbourgh Custom furniture maker http://artisticwoodstudio.com/