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Forum topic by aaronacj posted 02-12-2015 02:45 AM 1295 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2015 02:45 AM


I have lurked the forums for some time and i have a question to ask. About 6 months ago i met a guy who knew a guy, who knew a guy… that had some exotic hardwoods he might be willing to part from. At the time i purchased what he had which was several pieces of Ebony (Gabon), Brown Ebony, Bubinga, Mahogany and a few others i can’t remember. I took it all for around $120 which was an amazing deal in my opinion, as i am fairly knew to woodworking and exotic hardwood prices.

I ran was running low on ebony so i called the guy and met with him this weekend and this time he brought me about 300-400 pounds of wood. 3 half logs of Ebony one about 4 ft tall another 3 ft and another 2 ft. The middles were hollowed out but there was a good 4-5 inches of thickness in some parts. along with that several other smaller pieces of ebony which i am guessing they came from other pieces that got re-sawed but still usable to me. I also got a 2”x12”X4’ piece of osage orange (US), bubinga 1/4 (3ft tall) log and board and a few padauk boards he wanted me to check out. Paid $150

He said he bough this wood about 30-40 years ago and it has been sitting. Some of the boards have cracks from it being dry on the ends. The ebony has cracks on the ends and throughout the logs but when i cut in to them the cracks seem to go about 1/2”-1” in leaving plenty of great wood.

I asked if i could go and buy more from him and he offered for me to check out his wood shed and see what i want. It’s hard to get wood prices on the net to compare so this is why i am asking.

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#1 posted 02-12-2015 02:55 AM

Steals in my opinion.

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 03:50 PM

From my experience…you knocked it out of the park. Good on you!

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 03:54 PM

Should buy it up?

Yeah buddy

Deals like that don’t come around to often, great score aaronacj

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#4 posted 02-12-2015 04:12 PM

My best deal ever was 125 bd. ft. of kiln dried 4/4 and 8/4 sapale from an organ company for $300.
This deal you have is way better. I’d take it all…

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 02-12-2015 04:25 PM

Seriously, buy it all if you can. i think ebony is about $70 a board foot. 1 – 4’ long 4”X4” piece of ebony would be like 5.5 bf and cost around $350. Someone correct me if my math is wrong.

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#6 posted 02-12-2015 09:45 PM

I appreciate all the replies… I called him up and will be going to his place not meeting up so i can see everything. He says he bought up a bunch of mahogany from a guy and found bunches of padauk in the stack he got, pretty excited because i really enjoy turning padauk. I will be going with some cash and i don’t have much room but i will be ready to buy just about anything i can.


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#7 posted 02-15-2015 02:32 AM

I made a second trip and got to see this guys woodpile/workshop… holy crap! he has over 40+ years of wood stacked everywhere. He had a bubinga log or trunk, i don’t know what you would call it over 5ft tall and 3+ ft in diameter and the other half of it was cut in to blocks all over his shop in projects. he also had several logs of ebony just sitting there that he didn’t seem to care about. Large burl slices about 2 inches thick and 5 ft in diameter just stacked up. He also just purchased over 1000 board ft of mahagony that had several padauk boards mixed up in it that he was pretty much just giving away to me.

The best part was seeing everything he had made or was making, this guy was amazing. he was a wood sculpture that also build furniture and his pieces were amazing and extremely inspiring. He is an older guy and i offered him help with cleaning up and organizing hoping that he will in turn pass some knowledge because his style is exactly what i want to learn.

at the end of the day he was just handing me mahogany, padauk, birdseye, bubinga, ebony… all for a price of course but nothing close to retail.

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#8 posted 02-15-2015 02:37 AM

Good on, Aaron! I’m sure he was probably grateful to have some of his space back and know the wood was going to a good home :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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