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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 05-25-2010 01:08 AM

The last exotic wood I bought was from the scrap bin at Luthier’s Mercantile, and the lady there who was giving the presentation for the meeting I was at talked for a bit about their efforts to conform to the Lacey Act. Without additional information about the ecological hazards of exotic hardwoods, that’s a vendor I feel comfortable buying wood from.

The rest of my stash of exotics come from the scrap bin at a high end deck place (Ipe, Massaranduba) and reclaimed lumber (a bunch of Peruvian mahogany reclaimed from box beams). So at the very least I think I’m not a primary motivator for illegal logging, at the prices I’ve paid for it I’m pretty sure they’re not making much of a profit. However, I do think a bit about where I’m getting my wood, and what my impact in purchasing those woods is, just as I try to pay attention to that with my food.

For domestic rich color, I’m all over cherry, when I can afford it. Most of my stuff is either light (I get a great deal on eastern hard maple that a local manufacturer considers “scrap”), or, at least right now, is coming from my aforementioned cache.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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