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Burl Source
05-03-2012, 05:06 PM
I had thought I was going to almost get caught up, sort of.
Just doing the finish clean up on several dozen more blocks and this stuff showed up from K&G.
From the top of the box it looks like ebony, koa and ???
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/001-5.jpg

sachem allison
05-03-2012, 05:11 PM
rosewood?

tgraypots
05-03-2012, 05:12 PM
Wait, wait, don't tell me.....you really love your job, hunh? You pushers are all alike.

Deckhand
05-03-2012, 05:13 PM
Ha ha.:surrendar: I surrender:biggrin:

Shinob1
05-03-2012, 05:15 PM
rosewood?

If it is rosewood, I'd love to have some. I love rosewood, (I play guitar and prefer rosewood fret boards) and would like rosewood handles.

Burl Source
05-03-2012, 05:22 PM
No Rosewood in this batch but I think I have a few pieces stashed.......somewhere.

I was going to do the self discipline thing and wait to unpack these until I was done with the stuff I was working on.
Well...............that lasted about 5 minutes.

Killer Koa, you have to toss a virgin in a volcano for stuff like this.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/004-1.jpg
Indonesian Striped Ebony and Camelthorn (acacia from Africa)
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/002-4.jpg
More killer Koa.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/003-3.jpg

Forget the other stuff.
I am getting to work on the Koa.

Maybe I should have a kOA SALE?

DeepCSweede
05-03-2012, 05:31 PM
That would be nice :bliss:

Lucretia
05-03-2012, 05:40 PM
No further proof needed. You are evil incarnate. :wink:

Don't know how much longer hubby's going to believe the "we need to stimulate the economy" line.

Burl Source
05-03-2012, 05:42 PM
I have enjoyed the before and after photos of the refurb on knives.

So here is a before and after with a couple pieces of Koa.

Before
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/005.jpg

Now I will clean these two up for the after photo.

Andrew H
05-03-2012, 06:07 PM
The piece of koa in the center of the first picture you posted on the bottom is insane.

Burl Source
05-03-2012, 06:10 PM
I don't know what to say about this stuff.
Am I happy? ........yes!!!

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/006.jpg
Change the angle and the figure changes
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/007.jpg
and again
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/008.jpg

I have seen people call nicely figured wood "Gem Grade", but this is one of the few times I thought it would be a fitting description.

Twistington
05-03-2012, 06:18 PM
Can you make a little video of these koa pieces? They look insane on the stills! :)

Burl Source
05-03-2012, 06:20 PM
Can you make a little video of these koa pieces? They look insane on the stills! :)
I was thinking the same thing

Burl Source
05-03-2012, 06:52 PM
http://youtu.be/hu5E5ZGtlNk

Darkhoek
05-03-2012, 07:44 PM
That is definately the most insane wood I have ever seen! Gem grade is absolutely descriptive for this quality. I really want one of these, but you see I still need my car for work.:scared4:

DarKHOeK

Deckhand
05-03-2012, 08:22 PM
There should be a must wear your sunglasses before watching warning!

Twistington
05-03-2012, 08:39 PM
That is definately the most insane wood I have ever seen! Gem grade is absolutely descriptive for this quality. I really want one of these, but you see I still need my car for work.:scared4:

DarKHOeK

"One can always call in sick and order some koa instead of fixing the car, you know!" -Mental carer Dan
:D

Burl Source
05-03-2012, 09:19 PM
I am making headway but have to leave now for a meeting.
The 2 finished blocks are already spoken for but there a bunch of others as good, maybe better coming up.
Hard to say which looks the best when each one is different.
Here they are under a layer of dust.
I should have these ready and priced tomorrow afternoon. They will be kind of spendy but they might be the best looking Koa you will ever see.
Perfect for when your name comes up on the Kramer list.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/009.jpg

The hekler
05-03-2012, 09:23 PM
Okay I think I'm starting to get the whole Koa wood thing.... Still not as nice as redwood but definitely a very nice wood.

Eamon Burke
05-03-2012, 09:44 PM
:crytissue: :whyclick:

tk59
05-03-2012, 11:32 PM
Okay. What do I need to do to get one? :knife: And I thought I was done with koa...

Burl Source
05-04-2012, 02:15 AM
This is like trying to take photos of a bicycle reflector.
What do you think? Too much bling?

Well it is 10pm here and I am going to call it a day.
I will post a new thread here to let you guys know first when this stuff is ready and in the store.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/010.jpg

sachem allison
05-04-2012, 02:30 AM
Oregon myrtlewood burl?

Burl Source
05-04-2012, 02:36 AM
Oregon myrtlewood burl?
I have some drying.

sachem allison
05-04-2012, 02:39 AM
that's alright i can't afford it or a new knife to put it on and I don't have anymore more knives to rehandle.lol just brings back memories of my youth growing up in coos bay.

sachem allison
05-04-2012, 02:40 AM
thought you were going to bed

RRLOVER
05-04-2012, 07:47 AM
Another batch I will miss out on:(.....Damn job is always getting in my way.

Burl Source
05-04-2012, 01:29 PM
Another batch I will miss out on:(.....Damn job is always getting in my way.
I am going to split them up into a couple batches.

Burl Source
05-04-2012, 04:16 PM
Another couple of heavy boxes showed up today.
I am not going to unpack them.
.......yet.

Maybe if I stopped sleeping. We have plenty of coffee here.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/001-6.jpg

tgraypots
05-04-2012, 04:30 PM
That koa video got my attention. It seems like every time I order from Mark, within a coupla days even more awesome stuff shows up!

SpikeC
05-04-2012, 06:34 PM
Wouldya look at that hunk on the far right!

Burl Source
05-04-2012, 11:10 PM
Wouldya look at that hunk on the far right!
That is endgrain spalted holly. Might be junk. Not sure yet.

Burl Source
05-04-2012, 11:44 PM
OK, I had to take a quick look.
Stabilized Door and a Bunch of Blondes.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/011-1.jpg

Mike Davis
05-05-2012, 12:50 AM
I should just set up a tab with you......man, that loose grain stuff in the video is super killer!

Burl Source
05-09-2012, 03:37 PM
UPS guy just brought some more.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/001-8.jpg

kalaeb
05-09-2012, 03:48 PM
Thats a lot of wood. Amboyna, maple and redwood?

Burl Source
05-09-2012, 03:50 PM
about 75 lbs.

This is the 2nd batch of the World's Best Redwood and Sycamore.
Plus a few odd pieces.

With the Sycamore I changed how I was doing the cutting so hopefully they will look better than before. (bigger flecks)
Plus there should be several pieces of Sycamore burl.

This batch has some smaller single handle sized blocks as well as doubles.

I wonder how much coffee I need to drink to stay awake and work all night?

Deckhand
05-09-2012, 06:09 PM
I have empathy for you all that wood to list. Sorry you are so buried. You can just send me an invoice for a black palm block:biggrin: Just trying to help a forum member out.:rofl2:

Taz575
05-09-2012, 07:35 PM
Try the MIO Enegry drink stuff. 1 squirt in 8oz of water gives you 60 mg of caffeine, plus ginseng and other stuff. No calories, no sugar, etc. I did some of that for work and a 20oz bottle of water with 2 squirts of the MIO stuff was enough to keep me awake for an 8 hour shift!

Crothcipt
05-09-2012, 07:39 PM
And cheaper than a can or any other energy drink.:thumbsup:

Taz575
05-09-2012, 07:42 PM
Yuppo!!! $4 does 24, 8oz servings. Black Cherry and Lime Thunder are pretty decent taste wise, but the "squirt" for the 8oz serving is hard to measure. Too much MIO and it gets a nasty sweet flavor, so I usually go a little lighter on the MIO.

Deckhand
05-09-2012, 08:10 PM
Mango peach looks popular on amazon. Love this place always learning something new.

Johnny.B.Good
05-09-2012, 08:46 PM
Mango peach looks popular on amazon. Love this place always learning something new.

No caffeine though...

Have to order the "energy" flavors for that.

Deckhand
05-09-2012, 08:51 PM
No caffeine though...

Have to order the "energy" flavors for that.

Thanks learning even more:biggrin:

Crothcipt
05-10-2012, 03:39 AM
I have been loving the normal flavors. My fav. is pomegranate berry. Also you get 24 uses in the reg., and only 12 in the energy.
:gunner:ok back to normal thread topic.

kalaeb
05-10-2012, 03:51 AM
I just use No Doz and Coca Cola. Cheapest of the bunch, and better tasting.

Darkhoek
05-10-2012, 08:59 AM
That koa video got my attention. It seems like every time I order from Mark, within a coupla days even more awesome stuff shows up!

Exactly. I really need to start convincing myself that "this is the single possibility of a lifetime" wood every time Mark posts something new and amazing beacuse it now seems to happen every darn week.:scared4:

DarKHOeK

Mike Davis
05-10-2012, 09:15 AM
All i have to say is i am going to have to just your postman.....weekly

Deckhand
05-10-2012, 12:02 PM
Exactly. I really need to start convincing myself that "this is the single possibility of a lifetime" wood every time Mark posts something new and amazing beacuse it now seems to happen every darn week.:scared4:

DarKHOeK

Could be worse. Every piece of wood is Inherently different and unique. You could be addicted to Stohan burled redwood tables. I bought one in Monterey. I had to have the table I bought I knew there would never be another identical.

http://www.zhibit.org/profile/stohans

Burl Source
05-10-2012, 12:58 PM
Exactly. I really need to start convincing myself that "this is the single possibility of a lifetime" wood every time Mark posts something new and amazing beacuse it now seems to happen every darn week.:scared4:
DarKHOeK

I do my best to try to keep getting new and more unusual wood all the time.
You never know what will show up next.

Mike Davis
05-10-2012, 02:48 PM
I just received a big ol chunk of Mark's ugly koa. Man is it ever ugly, it is so ugly my wife grabbed it and walked away with it....I think maybe Mark, i will have the same problem you have....Wife will have a small collection of handle blocks sitting there to look at lol....I just want that koa back :D Super killer stuff buddy!!!

Burl Source
05-10-2012, 04:36 PM
Mike is teasing me about the Koa.
When I sent it, I told him that it is ugly stuff and that he probably won't like it.

El Pescador
05-10-2012, 04:54 PM
There's so much movement in my piece i got seasick looking at it.

Deckhand
05-10-2012, 05:01 PM
Yep, I bought a $100 xl block with stripes a while back. Love it! Definitely a cherished piece.

Johnny.B.Good
05-10-2012, 05:32 PM
I won't get to see my koa in person until Marko is finished with it.

(Which is just fine by me!)

DeepCSweede
05-10-2012, 05:36 PM
I won't get to see my koa in person until Marko is finished with it.

(Which is just fine by me!)

Johnny - you are not going to regret it. I'm in debate on what I want to do with mine and that high grade redwood too.

Burl Source
05-10-2012, 06:11 PM
I won't get to see my koa in person until Marko is finished with it.
(Which is just fine by me!)

Marko does a killer finish on Koa. So I am sure you will like it.

Johnny.B.Good
05-10-2012, 06:25 PM
Johnny - you are not going to regret it. I'm in debate on what I want to do with mine and that high grade redwood too.

I'm sure I won't regret it. Koa will be used on either my Shigefusa 240mm or a Carter 270mm.


Marko does a killer finish on Koa. So I am sure you will like it.

As far as I can tell, Marko does a killer finish on everything.

DeepCSweede
05-10-2012, 06:40 PM
Marko just rehandled my shig Kitaeji 240 with the Western Burl Cedar I won from Mark and it is a killer finish. My dilemna now is what do I want next...two pieces of koa and the redwood means three future knives heehehe

Lucretia
05-10-2012, 06:47 PM
Got my ugly koa, too. Had to get 2 pieces (one for me, one for hubby) and wish we'd gotten more...but then again, there's that ugly redwood burl to consider.:justkidding:

Seriously, this stuff looks like a giant piece of tiger eye.

apicius9
05-10-2012, 08:31 PM
I have been admiring Mark's offerings, with a bit of envy about his sources for premium koa, but with a super-human effort in self-control I have not gone totally crazy buying pieces beyond a few selected ones - that is mostly because I have too much wood as it is and I enjoy hunting down my own pieces and having them stabilized (admittedly also saving a buck here and there by doing this). That said, a lot of what has been offered here recently is really top of the line compared to anything I have seen in the past 4-5 years that I have been looking at woods. When I just looked through the inventory again, I saw that there is still quite a bit of spalted mango. Maybe it's the island bias, but that wood does not seem to get the attention it deserves - IMHO a really nice and interesting lighter colored wood for handles. Just saying...

Stefan

Burl Source
05-10-2012, 09:21 PM
Thanks for the kind words Stefan
It is kind of like treasure hunting for me.
I also go through a lot of wood that you guys never see.
Kind of like the old "Gong Show".
I make my best guess when buying raw wood, but a lot of it gets gonged.

The mango is a little slow catching on but a real nice wood.
You could call it a sleeper. You don't notice it at first, and then........
S***, I forgot what I was going to say.
It was really good too,....I think.

tgraypots
05-10-2012, 10:24 PM
I've bought and used some of Mark's mango before, some of it dyed if I remember correctly. I keep looking at it on the site, then see something else that draws my attention away.....

chinacats
05-14-2012, 12:46 AM
No Rosewood in this batch but I think I have a few pieces stashed.......somewhere.

I was going to do the self discipline thing and wait to unpack these until I was done with the stuff I was working on.
Well...............that lasted about 5 minutes.

Killer Koa, you have to toss a virgin in a volcano for stuff like this.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/004-1.jpg
Indonesian Striped Ebony and Camelthorn (acacia from Africa)
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/002-4.jpg
More killer Koa.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/003-3.jpg

Forget the other stuff.
I am getting to work on the Koa.

Maybe I should have a kOA SALE?


I've been looking for some of the ebony, is this going to be in stock sometime soon?

Burl Source
05-14-2012, 04:29 PM
I've been looking for some of the ebony, is this going to be in stock sometime soon?
I will try to clean up some today.

chinacats
05-14-2012, 09:42 PM
Thanks kind sir!

Burl Source
05-14-2012, 10:13 PM
I just finished getting these stabilized blocks cleaned up and added to the web store.
Striped Ebony from Indonesia (http://www.burlsource.us/servlet/the-Stabilized-Knife-Handle-Blocks-cln-Ebony/Categories). Looks darker in real life.
and Camel Thorn from Africa. (http://www.burlsource.us/servlet/the-Stabilized-Knife-Handle-Blocks-cln-Camel-Thorn/Categories) A desert growing Acacia.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/1-9.jpg (http://www.burlsource.us/servlet/the-Stabilized-Knife-Handle-Blocks/Categories)

Burl Source
05-18-2012, 09:41 PM
My plan for this weekend is a bunch of pre-cut scales for western handles.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/003-6.jpg

WildBoar
05-19-2012, 01:41 AM
Mark: I will be away from the house/computer most of the weekend, so please defer until Monday.


:groucho:

Burl Source
05-21-2012, 10:04 PM
My apologies if anyone was waiting on new scales.
I got caught up in cutting and sanding scales.
So....in a couple days I will be adding 50+ new sets of scales to the web store.
Sorry about the delay.