This is a photo of a cut off from the piece with the guitar outline.
Looks like it will be a clean golden color.
5 more packages showed up today.
4 were from Hawaii. It is tough to tell by these rough cut slabs, but this is about 10 board feet of really, really, really good Koa.
The smaller burl piece is Black Nargusta burl from Central America. This was a chunk I bought just to see if I like the stuff.
This is the Black Nargusta Burl. It is one of the central american woods that is generically called ironwood but is nothing like Desert Ironwood.
I am not sure yet if I like it enough to get more. After I get it stabilized I will make my decision.
There have been plenty of different woods that I thought were ho-hum at first but changed my mind after stabilizing and sanding.
Really like the before and after pics. Beautiful pieces..
The Nargusta stuff looks cool, especially the pieces with variances in colour i.e. the whiter inclusions for lack of proper terminology... as for the first ones they are a bit weird, almost look like slabs of stones. Bugger, the more I look at them the more they appeal to me though... I like'em!
Still haven't decided whether I should love you for spreading the beauty of koa to the world or hate you for plundering the islands
The wife and I did a road trip yesterday following a rumor about a big slab of old growth lace Redwood burl.
The story behind the slab was that the guy who had it got married 38 years ago.
As a wedding gift the father in law gave them his house and moved into a smaller place because he was widowed and retired.
In the basement he had left a big slab of redwood.
Before he had retired about 10 years earlier he had worked as a logger.
He had cut the slab years earlier intending to make a table.
I told the guy with the wood that it was worth more than he wanted for it.
He said that he had an idea what it was really worth but he felt I would put it to good use.
It wasn't cheap but in my eyes still a bargain.
The slab is about 7 foot by 3 foot and is all lace.
On our way back I stopped by another guy's place. He used to have a wholesale/retail roadside redwood business but the city changed the zoning and shut him down. He had a couple pieces he had set aside for me a while back. Said he was wondering if I was ever coming by again because it had been over a year since I had seen him last.
The piece on the right is some of the really dense redwood burl.