Last spring, we had the pleasure of spending some time in Hawaii. I am not usually interested in collecting souvenirs. However, there was a store there called the Koa Store which had lots of items made from Koa, but also had a selection of Koa lumber. That got my interest! The pieces ranged from straight grained all the way to premium curly. Premium Curly Koa is expensive!
One of the choices they offered was a boxed set of pre selected lumber. I asked about buying individual pieces out the box – the polite reply was “No, the box is to be sold as is”. I said I would have to think about it. The advice I got was to not take too long as woodwrokers snap these up. There were three boxes of wood to choose from.
I called my local supplier of imported lumber and asked about the price. I was told that the prices were in line and that premium curly Koa is hard to find. When asked what I planned to build I said “I have no idea, but the wood is really pretty.
I went back the next day and there was only one box left. Lucky for me, it had the pieces that most interested me. The box was a FedEx shipping box. All I had to do was pay and give my address – the wood arrived about a week after we got home.
ANYWAY – this blog series is one where I will share what happens to each piece. It will be a very slow story, but I thought it might be fun to see what happens to each of these pieces over time. This entry is where you get to meet all the members.
First up is Board #1 – a piece of curly Koa that measures 1.125×1.75×10.5 inches
Board #2 is 1.125×3.75×10.75 – also curly. This one I have plans for and will the the subject of the next blog entry.
Board #3 is curly Koa and measures 2×2x10.75. This is a piece that has me pondering as to what it should become. I’m thinking sawn veneers. Now I need a reason for them…
Number 4 measures 2.125×3x10.75 – also curly Koa. This one has nice grain on all 4 faces – not sure what will happen here.
This next one (#5) is slated to become a frame. It measures 2×2.75×10.75 inches. It is a bit of a challenge to come up with a frame design that looks right when the length is only 10.75.
Number 6 has me stumped. It is one of the reasons why I was attracted to this particular set. It measures 2×2.75×10.75. The grain wraps beautifully around the piece. It was graded as “curly” but I would have called it “premium curly”. I showed it to a friend of mine and he suggested polishing it and putting it on a stand! I am open to suggestions on this one in particular.
Board #7 is 2.125×2.75×10 – also graded curly.
Board #8 is the only piece graded premium curly. It measures 2×2.75×11. Here is another challenge to find the right use for this. The grain is really intense on this one. I am currently thinking veneers for drawer fronts on a jewelry chest, but I am not sure I am comfortable losing the view of grain on all 4 sides. Still pondering…
Well, that is the whole team – next up will be the transformation of Board #2. Any ideas on how to best use these pieces is welcome!
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