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Forum topic by steve revland posted 05-09-2013 02:19 AM 1019 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2013 02:19 AM

About a year ago, I struck up a friendship with Brent, who owns a saw mill in New Zealand. They have a wood species called Macrocarpa, or as he likes to call it “Big Mac” It is gorgeous stuff from huge trees. I’m interested in large live edge slabs for dining and board rooms. It’s everywhere in NZ, but he’s never shipped it to the states. Therefore, you can’t find it here, anywhere, trust me. The only way to make it pay is to get a container load, or about 5000 BF. The per slab price is about $5 a bf, but with the exchange rate, about $4.50. With quantities, the price drops, especially if I get it green. Looking for advice on how to get it here, what kind of import taxes there are etc. If someone wants to partner up on this I can send an image of a slab to your personal email. Tried loading an image to this post to no avail. The BF price is crazy for slabs with this kind of character. The live edges are beautiful as well. I’ve been purchasing live edge walnut slabs for over $20 a bf if I’m lucky, and they weigh a ton. Big Mac is half the weight. If anyone is looking to be a distributor of this wood, you could be the only one to offer it in the US. Thoughts??

-- steve in

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#1 posted 05-09-2013 03:07 AM

2-3 years ago, another LJ did this kind of thing with Rosewood. He would know all the in’s and out’s about shipping, getting it in the States, etc. Don’t know if I can find it but, I’ll try to find his post

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 05-09-2013 03:15 AM

It’s probably going to have to be kiln dried to get it past customs.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 05-09-2013 04:39 AM

His LJ name is Bibb.
Here’s his website

Good luck

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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