|Forum topic by Walnut_Weasel||posted 09-21-2009 06:52 PM||2086 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
09-21-2009 06:52 PM
I was in Parkersburg, WV this weekend and stopped by the local Woodcraft. They had Ambrosia Cherry for $3.30/bf. I am extremely new to woodworking and thought this seemed to be a very good deal; however, I wanted to get everyone else’s opinion for a couple of reasons.
1) I see ambrosia Maple all the time and from time to time ambrosia sycamore but I have never ran across ambrosia cherry. It this just an extremely rare wood? And if it is rare, why? (does not occur often in nature? or difficult to work with and no one wants to buy it?)
2) Why was it just $3.30 a BF when normal cherry seems to run around $7.00? (Perhaps this is related to question 1?)
So I went ahead and picked up about 25 bf of lumber and lugged it home in my Toyota Corolla!! (I have pictures but my wife is out of town with the camera – sorry) Obviously I have not had a chance to see this wood finished yet, but in its natural state it is very stunning! The wood has been milled long enough now that the faint red tone is beginning to come out, and there are long grayish/blue streaks in the wood around the ambrosia holes. I can’t wait to become skilled enough to do this wood some justice. Until then it is just going to have to be stored in the garage!
If anyone has any tips regarding this wood please let me know. Thanks.
-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com