Thick Veneer from France...and other places #1: The First Half has Arrived

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 11-07-2013 01:45 AM 2606 reads 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

Pink Ivory

Amaranth (Purpleheart)

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.

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 01:57 AM

Nice material Paul:

How thich is the veneer, since it’s sawed?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 02:07 AM

Thanks for the pictures, I have only seen veneer that nice in my dreams. I bet you can’t wait to get started on a marquetry piece. Are the veneers a standard thickness ? I will love to see the rest, have fun.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 02:13 AM

I know a guy one province over who would look after it for you while you are away for the winter…..

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 02:19 AM

I agree with you. So many times we let cost stop us from the quality we want and achieve too.

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 02:36 AM

Beautiful! It’s only going to get better when put to use.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 11-07-2013 02:46 AM

Drool! I am so jealous…No, not really, I am way more excited for you brother! How awesome! I hope you have the time of your life. My the song of creativity flow through your veins and inspiration guide your hands! I cannot wait to see what you do with this. Some material in this world is wasted on mediocre talent and ignorant, proud minds. Not so with you!

Your Friend,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#7 posted 11-07-2013 02:56 AM

It must feel good to have some of that old veneer and know that it will soon be in our of your projects!
The cost will be nothing once you get to use it!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 11-07-2013 03:07 AM

How special. I will look forward to seeing finished projects from this great selection of wood. Picking it out in Europe at a historic sawyer and then having it in your possession must be a real thrill.. I’m so glad you have an understanding wife.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 11-07-2013 03:13 AM

Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#10 posted 11-07-2013 03:33 AM

Thanks everyone. In my haste to write the blog I neglected to mention the thickness. It is a consistent thickness. It is 1.5 mm plus or minus a little. That’s 1/16” to the metrically challenged (like me).

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#11 posted 11-07-2013 03:37 AM

Looks pretty nice. I always love getting wood, although my is quite a bit thicker, usually 8/4. That’s a lot of veneer! We look forward to some beautiful pieces from this wood.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#12 posted 11-07-2013 03:46 AM

Nice haul Paul, so you hit a bank while in Parrie huh? Can’t wait to see the rest and what you build.

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#13 posted 11-07-2013 04:27 AM

That’s a lot of veneer! NICE veneer…

I’m glad it didn’t get damaged in transit!

... and you’re going to get another pkg (probably tomorrow)... Early Christmas! LOL

It’s going to wonderful to watch what you do with that stuff.

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#14 posted 11-07-2013 04:31 AM

Next you have that big decision . . . which pieces do you use first? You have some wonderful veneer there, and I too am interested in seeing the results. ENJOY!!!

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#15 posted 11-07-2013 08:10 AM

I’m sure you are like a kid in a candy store. A high-priced candy store. And from the looks of the grain, I can see why you splurged. And I know you’ll know what to do with each and every piece. Congratulations.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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