Coming in June
Here are photos of some wood being shipped to me from Australia.
The wood is Gidgee (Acacia cambageli). This wood is in the same family as Koa (Acacia) but grows in arid conditions so the wood has a density similar to desert Ironwood. The Ringed designation of Ringed Gidgee means it has bold curly figure.
The blocks that are on the way are cut big so they could be used on a big fighter or possibly a matching pair of smaller handle knives.
I will be offering this wood both natural (not chemically stabilized) and some stabilized. These blocks will be priced similar to high grade Ironwood and Koa. So prices should range between $75 to $100 for a 6" x 2&1/2" x 1&1/4" nicely figured block. Plainer pieces will be a little less and exceptional ones a little more.
If you want some of this wood make a post here whether you are interested in natural or stabilized pieces.
Then when the wood is ready I can send a PM letting you know it is ready. This is not a commitment from you, nor me saving pieces. Just a notification when it is ready just in case you want to get some. Some of these harder to find woods go away fast and are difficult to replace.
This is a log portion that was split to see what the figure is like inside.
A big pile of blocks coming my way.
Closeup of a few. These are rough cut but you can still see that there will be great figure.
That's a pile of gold.
My favorite wood that smells so nice and looks so good.
I'm sure those lucky guys who get those blocks would be really happy with them.
First class Mark, first class
Last time I did not save any of the Gidgee for myself.
I had set some aside but some of the knife makers know where to find me.
A few know where I stash pieces for myself. So when someone has a piece in hand it is difficult for me to say "No, you can't have that one".
This time I will take a couple pieces home and give them to my wife. That way I can't sell them because they are hers.
Awesome. I would want a few blocks. Unstabilized.
The stabilized will be a little bit more, right Mark? Or is the stabilizing included in the range of $75-100?
I'm just asking for clarification purposes :) I'm definitely interested in a piece that is stabilized.
Thanks for the heads up that this awesome stuff is coming!
There will be about a $10 difference between stabilized and natural.
Originally Posted by HHH Knives
I will pull aside a few wild looking ones for you.
Thanks for the clarification :)
I'll eagerly await these blocks!
Mark, I'd be interested in an unstabilized block. I tend to like pieces with bold figure, too. Thanks!
Mark, count me in for an unstabilized block with bold figure also, Thanks.