In a previous blog I wrote about my visit to Les Fils de J. George in Paris and included a video of “la scie au bois montant” and my thoughts about the adventure. I have been patiently waiting since I arrived home for the arrival of my purchases. They were shipped in two packages and the second somehow managed to get itself three days behind the first. Every day I check the Colissimo website to track the packages and yesterday the word was (in French of course) that the first package had arrived at its destination point of distribution. Did this mean Vancouver? Victoria? right here in Cowichan Bay?
Well this morning a check of the mail box turned up the parcel card and I made my way down to the post office to make my donation to Canada and British Columbia in the form of duty and taxes. The bill was more than many of you will think the wood was worth I’m sure but I am very happy to finally have this amazing material in my hands at last.
You can’t think of the cost when you are dealing with something this special. That and it would drive you crazy.
So without further ado …....
Here’s the package as it arrived. It was about 60” X 28” and alarmingly thin but at least it was heavy. .... :-)
This is the Padauk, probably the largest pieces in the package.
This, as it says is Araracanga, the only English name I can find for it is “My Lady” ..... ?
These two are English Walnut and Macassar Ebony. I’ve never seen Macassar ebony this black and almost without streaks.
This is Bloodwood (Ribbon)
And Bloodwood (Red)
I couldn’t resist this one little bundle of sliced Padauk. It’s color is amazing but it is thinner at 1/32”.
So that’s it for now. The other bundle is bigger and has the really cool species in it.
Just an illustration of what nice material this is. The photo shows a piece of the Macassar Ebony I used on my Music table and a piece from this shipment. When the dust settles and all the taxes, duty and shipping are paid, I think the earlier estimate of ten times as expensive may be low but when you actually see and feel this stuff, you just gotta smile.
There are a lot of little pieces of marquetry here and it should make some spectacular pieces. I can’t wait to get started. But first I have to wait for the second parcel and pick some pieces to take south with me.
Thanks for looking in.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/