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03-28-2007 02:46 AM

Today, while I was supposed to be working, I drove to Atlanta Wood Products… Inside, I saw aisle after aisle of the most hardwood I’ve ever seen. For the first thirty-four years of my life, the only hardwoods I’ve ever seen were in a big box store. I know poplar and “oak”. I’d never seen solid birch before. I actually touched zebrawood today (and 8/4 at that!). I guess I do remember seeing some smaller pieces at a Rockler before, but nothing like the aisles full of what seemed like hundreds of species.

I picked up a price list and will tuck it away, knowing that anything I want is just a few miles down the road.

Oh what a feeling!

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#1 posted 03-28-2007 03:23 AM

Jealous… I’ve got a few lumberyards nearby but nothing like that. There is “THE” place that woodworkers go about an hour+ from here… Anyone with a jointer, planer and a big truck (or willpower enough to resist the temptation….

I felt lucky today to hear that next weeks job is going to have me within the pull of a Woodcraft! – an hours plus drive otherwise… one I’ve sadly never made yet.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 03-28-2007 05:02 AM

Mark: I’ve never been to a big box hardware store before. Yes I seen woodcraft and others that have a small wall of lumber. But never aisle after aisle.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 03-28-2007 06:40 AM

You touched and did not buy? You’ve got some kind of will power!! LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 03-28-2007 01:32 PM

Having $2 in my wallet allows me to have such willpower. It makes it really easy.

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#5 posted 03-28-2007 02:37 PM

Ah yes, my pre-credit card days of college… I made it very far carrying little or no cash. Good times, easier times. (horrible pre-woodworking times! ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 04-02-2007 03:14 AM

I live not far from Mark. Been to Atlanta Wood Products many times. In fact, the wood for the cypress shelves I have in my shop (see my post in workshops) came from AWP about 10 years ago.
But, we are also fortunate to have Peachstate Hardwoods even a little bit closer, in Kennesaw. Bubinga, bloodwood, purpleheart, cocabola.
Be careful with that Zebrawood. When you cut it it smells like dried camel dung. But it polishes up beautifully. I made my desk blotter out of it.
In addition to Rockler being close by we also have Woodcraft and the granddaddy of all – Highland Woodworking – just about a half hour away.
For veneer lovers and users we have Carlton McLendon’s not far from HW.
It’s just a little bit of lumber heaven around here. :>)

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#7 posted 04-02-2007 05:42 PM

I’m hatin’ y’all now. But I’ll get over it… I know there’s a place about an hour and a half away (San Jose) that has all the wood in slab form… but it cost’s a bazillion dollars or so… well, more than I have right now, so I don’t go. Nothing worse than seeing things you can’t have.

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