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02-04-2011 01:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: kauri wood new zealand on sale woodcraft question resource tip

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2082713/32939/Kauri-Wood-3-x-8-x-8.aspx

Hi , Has anyone had a chance to work with this wood yet ?
Do you think it’s worth the asking price @ Woodcraft ?
Other than other woodworkers showing interest , do you think anyone would want to pay over $100 for a bowl made from Kauri ?
Thanks
Len

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!


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#1 posted 02-04-2011 01:31 AM

I bought 4 bf for $89. That’s a much more reasonable price.

It has an interesting story but, IMO, it’s a pretty dull wood. They say you have to sand it to 1200 grit for the real beauty to come out. I’ve not done that yet and I am skeptical.

Before anyone asks – I don’t remember where I got it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 01:44 AM

LOL , Rich …my memory isn’t so great either .
Your price was certainly better….if I did my math correctly , they’re asking $80 for just over one board foot… 3”x8”x8”.
Other than how tight the growth rings are in their sample picture , it didn’t impress me as a “must have” type of wood.
Maybe I could turn some pens and sell them for $200 each !! LOL !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 01:54 AM

I was given some small chunks while visiting N/Z..and saw a number of finished items..seconds to Dusty and Rich’s ’s remarks

Nice wood, but mayhaps over rated ?

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#4 posted 02-04-2011 02:27 AM

I got that email, I saw the offer. Those small pieces won’t yield me a piece of furniture. Why didn’t they offer lumber?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 02:41 AM

“Why didn’t they offer lumber?”

Matt , I was wondering that myself…they are probably selling cut-offs and calling it a bargain !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 02-04-2011 03:47 AM

I’d also tend to think that it’s the offcuts. I’ve been toying with getting some of this, but in more of a slab form, with more figure to it. It’d be an investment, but I would consider keeping the finished piece for myself. Maybe something sofa table, or coffee table-sized? I certainly can’t afford to buy enough for, say, a dining table.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 02-04-2011 03:56 AM

I handled some at a Woodcraft. It seemed very light and not appropriate for dimensional lumber. If it wasn’t labelled I’d have thought it was plastic.

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#8 posted 02-04-2011 06:08 AM

I have a Woodcraft close by and I think I’ll make the trip just so I can say :
Been there , saw it , touched it …I’m done : )

Thanks for all of the input folks !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 02-04-2011 04:16 PM

Dusty – your comment about selling a $200 pen reminds me of the baker who tried to sell his doughnuts for $10,000 each. Someone suggested to him that It will be very hard to sell a doughnut for that price. He optimistically responded and said, “Yes, but I only have to sell one”.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#10 posted 02-05-2011 12:19 AM

LOL , Rich !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 02-05-2011 03:01 AM

Not that pretty of a wood is it? If they want that much for the age of it, I got some rocks in my back yard they can have for half price.

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