|Review by Woodbum||posted 11-02-2012 03:28 PM||4948 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I recently made my first on-line lumber purchase. I chose Bell Forest Products because they are a sponsor of The Woodwhisperers Guild and I had heard good things about them through Marc’s site. I ordered a 20 bf lumber pack of African Mahogany, two additional “pick your own” AM boards and some Ebony turning squares. First let me say that I normally like to buy locally whenever I can, but my local supplier’s inventory was very sparse, and a little pricey.
I received my order by UPS six days later, bundled and wrapped in good condition. The quality of the mahogany was excellent, in random lengths and widths that were mostly approximately 6” wide by 36” long. There were some narrower boards, but no unusable “shorts”. My two extra AM “pick your boards” were exactly as advertised in all dimensions. The turning squares were dimensioned as adverised also. The Gabon ebony was also very good quality. By buying one more turning square for $8.99, I pushed my order to the minimum amount for free shipping too. The free shipping as mentioned above was fast. Not like normal free shipping which usually goes by mule train or some other slow method. I also received a follow-up email from Josh at Bell, checking on my order and if I was satisfied with their products and services. When I answered his email, and asked some questions about future orders, he responded within an hour. I was again impressed.
I would recommend these folks to any of you LJs that want high quality goods at fair pricing with superb customer service. I had always been a bit apprehensive about buying lumber sight unseen, due to the lack of grain and color matching, especially in species that tend to span a broad spectrum in these two areas. With this order, that fear has somewhat diminished. I will definately do business with Bell Forest Products again
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