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    Birdseye is my favorite wood. I hope you share some pics when you get it back. Would love to see it

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    Sending off another box of wood tomorrow, this is all stuff to be dyed. About half is maple burl and curly maple to be dyed brown. The other half is curly maple that will be red, blue, green, and purple.
    I cut my blocks a bit smaller than Mark does, usually suitable for one knife handle. There are 77 blocks in this batch.
    This is all in one box, in addition to the two boxes I sent off earlier this week for clear stabilization. Now I will have some maple to use for awhile.
    Del

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    So, I was reminded that I did a sale for mothers day last year, and asked if I was going to do another one this year.
    It is a lot later than when I started last year, and I still don't want to do a prebuy for it.
    However, I am going to start a run of parings, and a few more mini nakiris.
    I just got some AEBL in today, so I'll be cutting baldes today and heat treating tomorrow.
    I don't know how many there will be, given the time we have left, but I'll be posting them as I finish them.
    I don't have any word on the wood that I sent out yet, so we will just have to see how that goes.
    I did score a couple of big boards of curly Koa the other day, so I may be able to put that into service in a month and a half or so.
    There should be enough for more than 50 handles, assuming the figure is good throughout.
    In my digging I also found a large block of curly bubinga that I didn't even know I had.
    That will be going out in the next batch of stuff for stabilization.
    BTW my forge is down for a week or so, while I wait on a new blower for it.
    Thanks,
    Del

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    Another bit of news, I decided to get a new eletro-etch machine for my makers mark. They were able to pull the artwork from my previous stencil and make a new one. I have a couple of options, but from now on all my knives will be marked with my last name, with the possible exception of my initials D.E. in script. I might just reserve that for special occasions. I can also use ealy knives, but I think its a bit gaudy.
    So, no more misplaced letters when marking, and if I screw up, I can always redo the mark.
    I feel like a kid with a new toy, but I had one of these years ago, and switched.
    There is also the possibility of new artwork in the future as well.
    Anyway, I figured it was time to switch.
    Thanks,
    Del

    I got the Koa in and cut up, but it needs some drying time, I also got in some nice red mallee burl, and some curly pyinma that has some nice character.
    I'm working on some paring knives, so I won't be cutting that stuff up right away, it will need to dry as well. Although its agony just letting it sit there for me to look at. The pyinma block is 7"x 8"x 9" which doesn't sound like a lot, but its an 18 lb chunk, and will make a lot of handles.

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