Sprig of Acacia/Freemasonry

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Forum topic by bauerwood posted 03-25-2010 10:57 PM 1240 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2010 10:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing traditional rustic

I am looking to start my third business but am having some trouble locating a very important component that is vital to the success of the company. I am a Freemason and have noticed that every Lodge I visit has really ornate and fabulous woodwork, but in some cases it is the better part of 100 years old and not in a good way! That got me thinking that I could put my skill to work, make a little money, and help out my brethren.

After a little research I discovered that Acacia nilotica is supposed to be the “Sprig of Acacia” which is important in Masonic teachings, so I thought what better wood could I ask for?!? There’s where my problem is, I have found many different species of Acacia but not Acacia nilotica.

Does anyone have any idea where I can find this specific wood in furniture grade quality? Below is a link to the wiki page about the species.

Any help would be very much appreciated!

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 06:15 PM

The most knowledgeable person (that I know of) in the area of exotics is the owner of Wood Worker’s Source in Phoenix AZ. They have a web site. You might do an email through their site with your questions.
I don’t remember the owner’s name, Scrappy (here, on this forum) would, though.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 07:27 PM

Good question. I’m stumped, but perhaps some of the trouble can be explained by the wikipedia entry you linked. It says that the acacia genus is undergoing reclassification. Perhaps it’s going by a different name now? The same article refers to it as the gum arabic tree but the article on gum arabic references only the senegal and seyal species.

Good luck!

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 07:38 PM

Maybe hard to find. Used in the Sudan for handle stock, and grown as wood for railway dyes. Australia considers it an invasive plant. The National Forage Testing Association states that “The dark brown wood is strong, durable, nearly twice as hard as teak, very shock resistant, and is used for construction, mine props, tool handles and carts. It is best carved in a green state. It has a high calorific value of 4950 kcal/kg, making excellent fuelwood and quality charcoal. It burns slow with little smoke when dry.”

Not too popular here in the States. Leaves and bark make a tea to treat respiratory, digestive and urinary inflammation. Logs of the wood were used by the stone masons of Egypt to move the stone blocks due to the extreme hardness of the wood (twice that of teak).

Good Luck!!!

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