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01-27-2014 03:18 AM

Can anyone recommend a few good slab dealers in the NYC area? I know of ML Condon, which is great, but looking for a bit more before selecting wood for a kitchen table.

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#1 posted 01-27-2014 03:39 AM

It’s a 2hr drive but I strongly suggest you take a look at Berkshire Products in Sheffield MA. It is mecca for slabs. Need a 4 foot wide by 10 foot long slab of 8/4 waterfall figured bubinga, yeah, they’ve got that. Hell, they’ve got 2. Need a 3 foot wide by 8 ft live edge walnut slab? They will ask you if you want Argentine, Bastogne, Black, or Claro, and they won’t be kidding. The place is drool inducing.

These folks know their business, so you don’t have to worry about self destructing slabs that were poorly kiln dried. They also post their inventory online with prices, so you can see what they have in stock. Take a look at the website:

I’d say it’s worth the drive…

Think I’m exaggerating? Take a look at this 1000 year old cypress slab, ax felled 200 years ago, and reclaimed from a river. It’s 11ft x 4ft x 5/4. Yeah, they’ve got that…,%20River%20Recovered

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 04:28 AM

If your up for an hour and a half ride south, try Willard Bros in Trenton NJ.

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#3 posted 01-27-2014 11:56 AM

There’s Connecticut River Lumber in Old Saybrook, CT. I haven’t been in there yet but I keep meaning to check it out.

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#4 posted 01-27-2014 12:43 PM

Check out Rosenzweig lumber in the South Bronx

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#5 posted 01-27-2014 01:05 PM

You can source locally, Reco Brooklyn

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#6 posted 01-27-2014 01:39 PM

There’s also a place in Queens:

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#7 posted 01-27-2014 02:06 PM

I can get you most types of local wood slabs from my network of small local sawyers. Located in the Hudson Valley about 60 miles north of New York City. Most common species in the area are cherry, walnut, maple, red and white oak, pine, cottonwood, etc. Anything from 12” to 50” wide. Most likely at cheaper prices than the big companies as they are coming directly from my own stock and small sawmills.

Matt Rogers
Clean Air Woodworks

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#8 posted 01-27-2014 04:06 PM

Drool-inducing indeed – holy cow.

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#9 posted 01-27-2014 05:20 PM

This is one of the larger pieces that I have to work with but there are many others. A huge black walnut slab that is over 30” wide at the base and widens to 40” then splits into two 20” branches. Total length of just over 16’ long. Last year I had to order a shipment of acacia slabs from Indonesia and have two slabs left from that order (9’x32”x3” and 12’6”x48”x4”). First time I had to deal with setting up international ocean freight and dealing with incoming customs paperwork. I am building a new shop building by myself right now to work these large pieces more easily. Just got the I-Beam dropped off today for an overhead trolley.

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#10 posted 01-28-2014 03:30 AM

Many thanks everyone. LJ comes through again!

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#11 posted 02-05-2014 05:52 PM

Jimmy there is place In Huntington station on broadway name of place is urban hardwoods . Friend of mine owns it nice selection of slabs and mostly local wood from Long Island .number is 631 903 5944 ask for Harry

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#12 posted 02-05-2014 07:28 PM

@Matt Rogers and others,

My father Jeff Olsen, is one of those local sawyers that sells slabs in the Hudson Valley, feel free to give him a call if you want to know what he’s got at the moment, or has in Log form.

Jeff Olsen – 845 750 8125



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#13 posted 03-21-2014 03:20 AM

I went to Berkshire Products this week. if you like natural edge slab wood, this is a place has been touched by the hand of god.

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