|Forum topic by newwoodbutcher||posted 11-11-2010 10:17 PM||783 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
11-11-2010 10:17 PM
I’m planning to build a “family Heirloom” Craftsman style library with two tall freestanding shelving units and two matching slant top desks. A lot of the shelving units will be hardwood plywood with face frames but both desks will be solid wood, hand crafted. I’ve been trying to buy a 100 bf or so of first rate, un-steamed eastern black walnut for several months. Thought I had it done a few times but??
During an in-laws visit to Eastern Iowa in August (The Walnut Capitol of the universe, I’m told) from southern California, I even went to a few local sawyers. Nice people but no follow up even after repeated calls. It’s like they don’t really want to sell it or it’s too much trouble to ship. I saw lots of Walnut during my trip, they are selling a bunch of it to China. They steam a lot of it, but there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of raw material.. Seemed like business was booming so well, they just didn’t have the bandwidth to deal with small orders.
I can find a variety of Walnut back here in San Diego even eastern Black Walnut but not un-steamed. I like the local Claro Walnut a lot, but it’s too busy for this project and I keep hearing that eastern Black Walnut that is air dried and un-steamed is a rapidly disappearing thing of beauty, Some say they think I can skip the air dried aspect (Your thoughts?). I’m beginning to feel that the universe is telling me to go with mahogany, but I have a vision in Black Walnut.
I’m not willing to mortgage my house to get this wood though. What I was seeing in Iowa, is that I could get 200 bf shipped to Southern California for between $550-$650 a bf after you add in the shipping cost.
So, do any of you have a recommended reliable source that can ship cross country?
Iwould really appreciate your help