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Jordan Curcio

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 06:38 PM

I know that this post is old, but I came across it while searching for Ambrosia Cherry Lumber. I am a high school woodshop teacher that used to order this lumber in large quantities for classes. It is an extremely interesting wood. It actually is Ambrosia Maple. It used to be produced by Willis Lumber Company in Washington Courthouse in Ohio, Which closed down last year. They found out by accident that if their kiln was heated about 15 degrees higher than normal, the chemical deposits left behind from the ambrosia beetles would turn the wood a light pink. Between the similar grain patterns of cherry and maple combined with the pink hue, it resembles cherry hence the name ambrosia cherry. I guess they didn’t think that “Pink Ambrosia Maple” would catch on. The wood is absolutely gorgeous however, It is very difficult to work with. Because of the high kiln temps, the wood has a tendency to be extremely dry and brittle. It cracks and splits easily and also creates large amounts of tearout. I just happened to be looking for some. I used some to build my daughter a crib, and had about 50 bd. ft. left. I am looking for a little more to build some cabinet doors. If anyone knows where to find some, please let me know!

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