As a sales rep I come into contact with alot of people on a daily basis. Sometimes this is good but other times not so much, then there’s the best of times. Well last month was the annual Dallas Truck show. This is an occasion when vendors from around the country sell their products to the trucking industry. One of the best is Overseas Hardwood. They are an incredible company, first for dealing with the trucking industry in the professional manner that they do. Second for the quality of product they sell. I had the pleasure of having dinner with Bill and Beth, and while dinner was great, the stories of the sustainable forests and trips to the mills in far away lands made the meat pale in comparison, and man was it some fine meat.
Anyway during the evenings conversation Bill was describing a former client that carved fishing lures from Jelutong, a light wood but durable enough not to rip your hook out. Not being a carver it interested me but, then a mention of Tiger wood peaked my interest. I’d heard of it but never seen it let alone worked with it. At seeing my interest Bill graciously asked Beth to send me some samples.
A couple of days ago, on a very bad day I might add, I came home to a box on the doorstep. Having not given that night a second thought, I was REALLY excited when I seen the return address and Beth’s name. I opened the door, threw the box in, and had my knife off my hip in one swift movement. I was cutting tape, when I realized I had to get pictures.
This slowed my Christmas morning like momentum quite considerably, but made each slow bubble wrap opening that much more enjoyable.
Tiger wood, Jelutong, and a bonus couple pieces of Ipe
Plenty thick enough to create with
Tiger wood before and after a pass through jointer.
-- The basis for optimism is shear terror