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    Bad Photo - Good Wood

    UPS guy just dropped this off for me today.
    It came from one of my long time customers who collects really good Koa. It is a piece of African Bubinga that he had bought several years ago. I had no idea that Bubinga could look this good. Right now I am just sitting here rocking back and forth in my chair watching the stripes changing shape and size, going from light to dark. I might be drooling on myself a little bit. When my heart rate gets back to normal I might start cutting this up.
    The photo does not come anywhere near to showing how nice this wood looks in person.

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    Omg… Mark do you accept kidneys as a payment method?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icanhaschzbrgr View Post
    Omg… Mark do you accept kidneys as a payment method?
    No.....but I could use a second pair of hands.
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    Shame to cut that up. What are the dimensions?

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    Absolutely Stunning!

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    Doesn't seem right to cut that up, Would be a beauty inlay in a table or such

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    Size is about 38" x 11" x 2&1/2"
    I would love to be able to keep this around just to look at it but if I did that with all the cool pieces I found I would have to open a cool wood museum.
    Since that's not happening I will do my best to see that some of it gets used on some really nice knives.
    And......I will be saving some for myself just to look at.

    Quote Originally Posted by JHunter View Post
    Doesn't seem right to cut that up, Would be a beauty inlay in a table or such
    The value of this piece of wood is a lot more than most people would be willing to pay for a really nice coffee table.
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    Will it need to go and get stabilized?

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    I hear you! I'll take a piece to stare at too. With all the wood I've bought from you I think I am starting that museum myself! Glad that piece is in your hands, I'm sure you'll do it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiceOfLife View Post
    Will it need to go and get stabilized?
    I will be offering the wood both ways.
    A few years ago I sent out a couple dozen pieces of natural and stabilized blocks for knifemakers to compare.
    The natural wood turned out great but the stabilized ones were easier to get a glassy smooth finish. In the end preferences were about 50/50.
    Bubinga is a very hard and durable wood with interlocking grain so it is not prone to movement (cracking or warping) when it is finished.
    It takes stabilizing very well. The big difference is the stabilizing fills the little pores in the wood so you can get a glassy finish without having to do multiple coats of finish.
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