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Burl Source
04-20-2012, 05:53 PM
It might be a bit of a stretch to call this the best burl in the whole world. But it sure is nice.
This is an old slab that had changed hands 3 times over about 50 years.
It had a dark dusty patina that made it hard to see what the wood was going to be like.
I knew it would be good. But I had no idea it was going to be this good.
This is when I started cutting it up.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/mar12/d.jpg
Next I took one of the strips and sanded it to 120 grit and sprayed it with a light coat of lacquer.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/mar12/a-1.jpg
Turned at an angle and the look changes.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/mar12/c.jpg
Then at 180 degrees it is different again.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/mar12/b-1.jpg

This has to be my favorite of any Redwood Burl that I have ever seen. No bark pockets, no checks, no voids and really unusual figure. Good coloring too.
There is some at K&G getting stabilized right now. Once I finish cutting up these pieces I will be sending in them as well.

Deckhand
04-20-2012, 06:35 PM
I'll take the bottom one if or when it's available:biggrin:
Hey,it's worth a try.

Burl Source
04-20-2012, 06:47 PM
I'll take the bottom one if or when it's available:biggrin:
Hey,it's worth a try.

I will let you guys know first when I get some of this back from being stabilized.

Burl Source
04-20-2012, 07:00 PM
From the lack of comments I am guessing that you guys don't think this is anything special.

Well......it is.
:shocked3:
Just you wait until it comes back from getting stabilized.
Then I'll show you. BWAAAA HAAAA HAAAAA

The stabilizing will cause the figure to show a strong metallic flash and the figure will have a holographic effect changing shape and from light to dark as it is moved around.
............I think.

Pensacola Tiger
04-20-2012, 07:16 PM
Hey, I just got back from watching my wife spend my paycheck, and I've been drooling over the pics since I logged in.

How long before they're ready?

Eamon Burke
04-20-2012, 07:18 PM
We'll see mark. We'll see.

After I buy one.

Deckhand
04-20-2012, 07:35 PM
FYI the hey it wa worth a try was in regards to getting a piece, not in regards to quality. It looks great!

Burl Source
04-20-2012, 08:12 PM
Hey, I just got back from watching my wife spend my paycheck, and I've been drooling over the pics since I logged in.
How long before they're ready?

I am not positive but I have some stuff coming from K&G next week and I think some of this was in that batch.


FYI the hey it wa worth a try was in regards to getting a piece, not in regards to quality. It looks great!

I know. I was just teasing you guys.
It is hard to visualize what this will look like after stabilizing. But this type of figure increases in intensity quite a bit.

RRLOVER
04-20-2012, 08:26 PM
I wants some!! Will you posting on here first or will you do the email thing.

Crothcipt
04-20-2012, 08:30 PM
I can't wait:popcorn:

I think this will be another sight to see again. But you do seem to have a very good eye for this stuff.

Burl Source
04-20-2012, 08:32 PM
I wants some!! Will you posting on here first or will you do the email thing.
I will post here first. You guys have been real good to me since I have been here.
I get to see lots of great photos of the handles you make, I have learned a lot, and I now have the best kitchen knives I have ever had.

obtuse
04-21-2012, 04:08 AM
I want some too!

The hekler
04-21-2012, 04:39 AM
I'll take three.... Looking for some great redwood this looks like it would love to have enough for matching handles on all my shiges!

mhlee
04-21-2012, 07:44 PM
I will post here first. You guys have been real good to me since I have been here.
I get to see lots of great photos of the handles you make, I have learned a lot, and I now have the best kitchen knives I have ever had.

I'm sure I speak for many people here - the pleasure has been ours. You've shown us a wide variety of beautiful woods that we've never seen before and given us the opportunity to improve the knives we have.

Thanks again, Mark. I'm looking forward to seeing these blocks come back from stabilizing.

SameGuy
04-22-2012, 02:37 AM
About how many handle-sized blocks can you eek out of a slab like that? It is beautiful.

DeepCSweede
04-22-2012, 08:18 AM
That looks fantastic. I love redwood and that is amazing. I am definitely in line for some!

Mike Davis
04-22-2012, 11:08 AM
Mark, you know i have a crazy thing for redwood and this stuff looks fantastic :) Just toss a few choice ones aside and send me a bill lol.

Burl Source
04-22-2012, 12:32 PM
About how many handle-sized blocks can you eek out of a slab like that? It is beautiful.
What I have shown in the photo is about 1/3 of the slab.
These are the blocks I cut. Almost all will yield 2 wa handles and some ferrule material. I am always afraid I am going to cut the blocks too small so I end up with a bunch of big ones.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/mar12/rw001-1.jpg

SameGuy
04-22-2012, 02:50 PM
Wow!

Any wa-handle makers who score some blocks, can you post here to let us bid on handles?

HHH Knives
04-22-2012, 02:56 PM
I dont even have a thing for red wood, and I Gota have a block or 2 of this stuff! Great score Mark!

RRLOVER
04-24-2012, 09:38 PM
Looks great!! Can we do a pre-sale buy:D

apicius9
04-24-2012, 09:43 PM
Looks great!! Can we do a pre-sale buy:D

... or a pre-sale sale :D

Stefan

Burl Source
04-24-2012, 09:54 PM
Looks great!! Can we do a pre-sale buy:D

I am not organized enough to be able to keep track.
That is why I try to do as much as possible through the web store.
The software automates things so I don't make dumb mistakes.
When I get some of this back from stabilizing I will tell you guys first and give it a day or so before I mention it anywhere else.

K&G is a little slower than normal right now because of the Pre-Blade show rush that happens this time of the year.
They stabilize wood in the order that it is received. I offered to pay more to get bumped to the front of the line but they said that wouldn't be fair.
I still think they are giving me some preferential treatment but just won't say it out loud.
Know what I mean? wink wink, nudge nudge.

I have been looking through my forgotten wood stash and found some today that looks like bugs on fire.
This spring and summer will be some really really good woods.

Darkhoek
04-25-2012, 02:42 PM
Know what I mean? wink wink, nudge nudge.

Say no more! :D

Eamon Burke
04-25-2012, 03:25 PM
You guys! Stop commenting! I keep seeing this thread got updated and I get all quick on the draw!
:gunner:
You're freaking me out!

Deckhand
04-25-2012, 04:26 PM
You guys! Stop commenting! I keep seeing this thread got updated and I get all quick on the draw!
:gunner:
You're freaking me out!
Lol I hear you. I keep hitting refresh like its an eBay auction and get nervous if I am away to long.:biggrin:

tk59
04-25-2012, 07:18 PM
You guys! Stop commenting! I keep seeing this thread got updated and I get all quick on the draw!
:gunner:
You're freaking me out!

That's the plan. Lulling you to sleep. Then one day, it'll be the real thing and you'll just think it's another false alarm. muahahahha:spiteful:

Crothcipt
04-25-2012, 07:21 PM
lol or every few min, so it will be like crying wolf.

:popcorn:

Burl Source
04-25-2012, 10:04 PM
To make it easy for you guys I will go through this thread and send each of you guys a PM when the first batch comes back from getting stabilized.

There is one batch in the process of being stabilized.
Another box was mailed to K&G the other day.
And another batch that I am just finishing up cutting that I will mail to them by Friday.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/rw002.jpg
I will make sure that any of you who want to get some of this will be able to.
I have cut a bunch of different size pieces.
Some wa handle size, some western size, some doubles.

SpikeC
04-25-2012, 10:07 PM
Add me in too!

SameGuy
04-25-2012, 10:14 PM
Do I contact Stefan? Or Mike? How does this work? LOL

Deckhand
04-25-2012, 10:20 PM
Thanks!!!

Burl Source
04-25-2012, 10:28 PM
Do I contact Stefan? Or Mike? How does this work? LOL
The best way to do it is contact the person you want to make your handle.
Then when the wood is ready buy two.
Send both pieces to the maker. One for you and one for him.
That might get you bumped to the front of the line.

SpikeC
04-25-2012, 10:41 PM
'"That might get you bumped to the front of the line."
Ya, right!

SameGuy
04-25-2012, 11:12 PM
Hehehehe. Thanks!

DeepCSweede
04-25-2012, 11:45 PM
I am definitely in

SameGuy
04-25-2012, 11:52 PM
Just in case I was not clear in my previous posts: count me in for two (one for my handle-maker of choice), eh? eh? eh? Know what I mean, know what I mean? Nudge nudge. Say no more.

Taz575
04-26-2012, 12:05 AM
Aw heck, add me in to the PM list as well!

Aphex
04-26-2012, 12:31 AM
count me in as well.

Darkhoek
04-26-2012, 10:57 AM
Please add me to the PM list, Mark. This one I just can't miss. I'll probably end up on the couch for a week if I buy more wood, but hey, this wood is well worth some lonely nights :D

Burl Source
04-26-2012, 04:06 PM
Looks like I will be working late today. These just arrived.
Soon as I finish today's shipping I will get to work cleaning these up.
Hopefully I can have them ready to go tomorrow.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/bb001.jpg

These were in the box as well.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/bb002.jpg

mhenry
04-26-2012, 04:10 PM
OOOOH, I really need one of those natural edge pieces bad!!!!

Burl Source
04-26-2012, 04:12 PM
OOOOH, I really need one of those natural edge pieces bad!!!!
Wait till you see them cleaned up.
They are my best amboyna burl yet.

Deckhand
04-26-2012, 05:41 PM
Oh the anticipation!!

apicius9
04-26-2012, 05:47 PM
Oh well, I think I'd love to get a PM also when they are up...

Stefan

Burl Source
04-26-2012, 08:29 PM
Well.....I knew it was going to be really good redwood.
But you don't know for sure until after it has been stabilized and you get it cleaned up.

Looks like it might be ok. Just teasing. I have never seen burl that I like as much as this stuff.
Now it's time to measure, price and take individual photos so I can post them in the store.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/rw001.jpg

HHH Knives
04-26-2012, 08:44 PM
WOW!

apicius9
04-26-2012, 09:11 PM
Oh well, not what you expected, but I'll probably still take some off your hands...

Stefan

Burl Source
04-26-2012, 10:49 PM
These blocks are being added to the store right now.

Just a warning.
The store software will show a piece as available until someone who has it in their cart completes checkout.
The software gives it to whoever completes check out first.

SpikeC
04-26-2012, 11:03 PM
I got one, but I was in such a hurry that I don't think that I got the best one!

Taz575
04-26-2012, 11:03 PM
I just ordered 3 :) # 2354, 2356, 2358 :spin chair:

Eamon Burke
04-26-2012, 11:14 PM
:O Uh. Crap. Probably should have checked to make sure there was money in my bank first. That's what I get for rolling cash!
:beatinghead:

apicius9
04-26-2012, 11:20 PM
This is pretty insane... I picked two also but Paypal acted up, no idea whether it went through correctly. But I knew you greedy little buggers were also waiting for them to come up ;) We'll see. It's not like I don't have any redwood myself.... But this looked really nice although I personally prefer the side with the age lines.

Stefan

Taz575
04-26-2012, 11:20 PM
And I don't need them cut down into scales this time, gonna try some Wa handles finally!!! I got some knives with Wa handles and of course, all of my burls from Mark I had him cut into scales. OOps!! Lots of knives, no handle material!

DeepCSweede
04-26-2012, 11:36 PM
Thanks Mark. Can't wait to see this burl!!

HHH Knives
04-26-2012, 11:40 PM
Wooo Hoooo!!! I shhhhnagged a couple pieces of this beautiful stuff!!!! I didnt wast much time looking, I knew all you guys were grabbing them up fast as he was posting them!! :)


Thanks Mark, For sharing this great piece with us BURL JUNKYS!!!!

Burl Source
04-26-2012, 11:51 PM
Dang, you guys are quick. Looks like half of them are gone already.
Here are a few photos of my favorites that still remain.
http://www.burlsource.us/media/2a/a20791f136f1a81f83b76c_m.jpg
http://www.burlsource.us/media/2a/a20791f136f1a46e1260b4_m.jpg
http://www.burlsource.us/media/2a/a20791f136f19fad976b1a_m.jpg

The others are nice as well. I don't think there are any I wouldn't love to have.

Deckhand
04-26-2012, 11:52 PM
I got two. Thank you, very very much!!!

Deckhand
04-27-2012, 12:02 AM
I got two. Thank you, very very much!!!

You are a bad man adding more photos to this thread. Please combine my three together for shipping:biggrin:
Once again. Thank you!

Burl Source
04-27-2012, 12:16 AM
You are a bad man adding more photos to this thread. Please combine my three together for shipping:biggrin:
Once again. Thank you!
Looks like a few of you guys came back for seconds.
Thank you everyone. I am sure you guys will like this stuff.

Eamon Burke
04-27-2012, 12:19 AM
Ha! Got some after all. :dance:

mhatt
04-27-2012, 12:20 AM
Count me in for some if this too please.

PierreRodrigue
04-27-2012, 12:22 AM
Mark, my cart has 5 items in it that has been bought, when I add new stuff, it wont let me check out till I clear the "0 items" I have missed a lot of nice stuff trying to sort this out... can you help?

cnochef
04-27-2012, 12:22 AM
Ya know, I don't even need it but I bought 2352 just cuz it was so darn purty.

Burl Source
04-27-2012, 12:28 AM
Mark, my cart has 5 items in it that has been bought, when I add new stuff, it wont let me check out till I clear the "0 items" I have missed a lot of nice stuff trying to sort this out... can you help?

I don't know what is happening.
The software doesn't show me on my end.
Maybe if you log out, then come back without logging in and then do checkout like you are a new unregistered customer.
or
If you call (541-592-5071) I can manually pull some for you and send a paypal invoice.

Deckhand
04-27-2012, 12:32 AM
Mark, my cart has 5 items in it that has been bought, when I add new stuff, it wont let me check out till I clear the "0 items" I have missed a lot of nice stuff trying to sort this out... can you help?
Pierre,
I got three and definitely had you in mind. I have some spare for you. Hope your order works out.

apicius9
04-27-2012, 12:34 AM
Just FYI, I was struggling with the same issue as Pierre, had to clean old pieces completely and one by one from the cart before I cpuld order, and then it didn't let me do Paypal.

Stefan

Burl Source
04-27-2012, 12:37 AM
Looks like only 5 left.
http://www.burlsource.us/media/29/a20791f136f1858888d910_m.jpg
http://www.burlsource.us/media/29/a20791f136f18be6d47bdf_m.jpg
http://www.burlsource.us/media/2a/a20791f136f19245f2e961_m.jpg
http://www.burlsource.us/media/2a/a20791f136f199c51f8_m.jpg
http://www.burlsource.us/media/2a/a20791f136f19dec5613be_m.jpg

PierreRodrigue
04-27-2012, 12:47 AM
i'll take the top two

obtuse
04-27-2012, 12:51 AM
Ya know, I don't even need it but I bought 2352 just cuz it was so darn purty.

are you serious! I had that one in my cart and when I went to checkout it wasn't available, you beat by seconds :) that's okay, ended up with #2359.

Burl Source
04-27-2012, 12:56 AM
i'll take the top two
They're yours. I pulled them from inventory and will send a paypal invoice.

The 3rd and 4th are the only ones left.
Either one will yield 2 wa handles.

Deckhand
04-27-2012, 01:52 AM
Just FYI, I was struggling with the same issue as Pierre, had to clean old pieces completely and one by one from the cart before I cpuld order, and then it didn't let me do Paypal.

Stefan

Hope everything worked out.
If your order doesn't work out PM me.

apicius9
04-27-2012, 03:09 AM
Hope everything worked out.
If your order doesn't work out PM me.

Thanks for the offer! Mark sent an invoice and it's paid, so we should be fine. I think that brings me up to about 7 different types and qualities of redwood in my inventory... :O

Stefan

Taz575
04-27-2012, 08:55 AM
LOL, how many hours to sell out this batch Mark??? You don't even need to post it elsewhere!

DeepCSweede
04-27-2012, 10:23 AM
Soooooo, the big question is how long till the next batch of these beauties comes in????? :fanning:
I went back for seconds but somebody beat me to the punch. I am very happy that I got one though.

Lucretia
04-27-2012, 11:49 AM
There's still one left (I got the next to last one.)

Burl Source
04-27-2012, 01:50 PM
LOL, how many hours to sell out this batch Mark??? You don't even need to post it elsewhere!
I went home about 2 hours after I had them all posted in the store and there were only 2 left at that time.
So.....you are pretty quick. Thank You everyone.
Next batch should show up in 2 or 3 weeks, then another batch a couple weeks after that.

SameGuy
04-27-2012, 07:43 PM
There's still one left (I got the next to last one.)I had the last two in my cart when I came home from work at 2:00 am, then something came up and I lost track. Checking the forum just now it dawned on me that I forgot to pull the trigger! Doh!

Taz575
05-01-2012, 12:07 AM
Got my 3 blocks yesterday, awesome stuff! Just stared at it for over 10 minutes straight :)

The hekler
05-01-2012, 12:28 AM
Mark if you could send me a pm when the next batch comes in I'd be grateful. You sent me one for this batch but it happened to come in when I was studying for a monster test and spent two days away from the forum so I didn't see it till there was only the long one left. I'll be looking for enough material for at least four good size wa handles and might buy an extra block or two just to ensure I have enough redwood for any future needs. The quality of this just looks too good to pass up!

Lucretia
05-01-2012, 01:02 AM
Got mine today. It looks lonely. I might have to get another piece from the next batch to keep it company.

Eamon Burke
05-01-2012, 01:53 AM
I got mine today, so badass.

SameGuy
05-01-2012, 02:25 AM
I'm in the same boat; I worked double shifts this weekend when the first batch came in. By the time I looked in, only two blocks were left.

Mark, please add me to the Round 2 PM list. Thanks!

apicius9
05-01-2012, 02:36 AM
Got mine today also. I have several pieces of redwood burl here, some of them really nice old growth material, so I though I probably would not have 'needed' any more. But I have to say that the quality on those really is extraordinary, so I am happy I snapped up 2 pieces. Thanks, Mark!

Stefan

RRLOVER
05-01-2012, 08:34 AM
I'm in the same boat; I worked double shifts this weekend when the first batch came in. By the time I looked in, only two blocks were left.

Mark, please add me to the Round 2 PM list. Thanks!

Don't feel like the lone ranger,buy the time I got off work I think there was only three blocks left.The block I purchased was far from bad ass,but it should make good ferrules.

Burl Source
05-01-2012, 02:46 PM
Don't feel like the lone ranger,buy the time I got off work I think there was only three blocks left.The block I purchased was far from bad ass,but it should make good ferrules.
You aren't stuck with it, if it is not what you expected. I would gladly take it back and give a full refund.

SpikeC
05-01-2012, 02:48 PM
I got my block yesterday, and boy-howdy! It's a beaut! Now I gotta make some more knives!

RRLOVER
05-01-2012, 03:44 PM
You aren't stuck with it, if it is not what you expected. I would gladly take it back and give a full refund.

OH NO,it won't be going back.I never had a problem with taking one of the last girls in the bar home:angel2:

Burl Source
05-01-2012, 04:26 PM
OH NO,it won't be going back.I never had a problem with taking one of the last girls in the bar home:angel2:
Just wanted to make sure.
Now make a knife and post some photos.

SameGuy
05-01-2012, 04:44 PM
Not to step on anyone's toes -- hey, I wouldn't want them to come to my work and kick the broom out of my hands -- but is there a wa-handle-making how-to anywhere on this forum (or elsewhere)?

cnochef
05-08-2012, 01:14 PM
I got my block 2352 today and it's beyond expectations, bonus that it is easily big enough for 2 handles!

It never ceases to amaze me that something so beautiful as these woods occur in nature.

leonidmd
05-08-2012, 03:44 PM
PLS PM me as well when you will have more for sale ....

cnochef
05-08-2012, 07:19 PM
PLS PM me as well when you will have more for sale ....

Sorry I couldn't resist, I just find it somehow funny that someone from Redwood City, California, is having a hard time getting redwood. Must be my inner kid!

leonidmd
05-08-2012, 07:53 PM
Ha... I have three nice redwoods on my lot but it is much easier nowadays here in Bay Area to invent a Facebook than to get a permit to cut the tree
I am not planning to cut them anyway

Deckhand
05-08-2012, 08:06 PM
PLS PM me as well when you will have more for sale ....

Welcome! Small world my dad an MD stayed for a few years in Redwood City running United airlines medical dept at SFO. Don't want to cut into Burl source business. If Mark can get you some all the better;otherwise, i can send you a piece that should make you a nice handle if that's what you needed.

Deckhand
05-08-2012, 08:30 PM
Btw serious about the not cutting into his business. Mark is a great guy. It is wood I bought from him. Its about 4 1/2 inches long if thats enough length for you once you add a ferrule. He already had a bad day today. You could pay him $40 for my block and I will send it to you free shipping. I am just trying to help out. Might cheer you both up. Anyway just an offer.

leonidmd
05-09-2012, 01:51 AM
Thank you for the offer Most of the wood i usually get from Mark is used for the hunting knives - i try to get it 5 inches or even longer I am a "frequent flyer" in Mark"s shop
And,Mark if it is real bad - pls e-mail me- i can make a deposit as i will get more wood from you soon

Deckhand
05-09-2012, 02:04 AM
Thank you for the offer Most of the wood i usually get from Mark is used for the hunting knives - i try to get it 5 inches or even longer I am a "frequent flyer" in Mark"s shop
And,Mark if it is real bad - pls e-mail me- i can make a deposit as i will get more wood from you soon

Certainly,no problem was just extending the kindness extended to me here. Hope you enjoy the forum. Great group of people here. I was doing the send money to him to not cut into his business and do something nice. His bad day was a less than cordial customer. All the best. Nice to meet you.

Burl Source
05-09-2012, 03:56 PM
The second batch of this stuff showed up today.
Right after I finish with shipping for today I am going to start cleaning these up.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/001-8.jpg

l r harner
05-09-2012, 05:05 PM
and the good news for me is that i have a bit of spending funds again

mhlee
05-09-2012, 05:11 PM
The second batch of this stuff showed up today.
Right after I finish with shipping for today I am going to start cleaning these up.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/001-8.jpg

UH OH!!!! :bigeek:

Taz575
05-09-2012, 05:18 PM
And the good news for you guys is that I am tapped out $$$ wise right now! I got 3 pieces last time, still have 2.5 left :)

Crothcipt
05-09-2012, 06:01 PM
So you are the one that got that blue redwood.:bat:

Just kidding gratz.

Taz575
05-09-2012, 06:14 PM
No, I looked at the blue and started to drool, but I'm tapped out. Ordered a Gesshin Ginga White #2 300mm Suji from JKI :)

Burl Source
05-09-2012, 08:28 PM
Here are the ones I have cleaned up so far.
I picked the biggest ones first. Looks like all of these will yield at least two wa handles each.
This photo has the blocks standing on edge.

Now to measure photograph and list these ones.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/003-5.jpg

SameGuy
05-09-2012, 08:32 PM
Gadzooks.

I bet when I get my profit-sharing check all these goodies will be a thing of the past.

Burl Source
05-09-2012, 08:44 PM
I am guess-timating that there are 4 or 5 dozen blocks in the batch that came back from K&G today.
Should be plenty to go around. If not, there is another batch in a few weeks.