I wasn't sure where I should offer this one, so I'll just do it here: I have a large block of exhibition grade madrone burl that I would like to sell - too much wood, not enough cash... Here is the description from Arnold, the guy I bought it from:
"Spec's.: air dried/steamed/kiln dried (11% mc), rough surfaced planed 2 face, yellow-orange tone, quarter sawn to rift sawn cut, wgt. is 5.10 lbs., dimensions are 16-3/4" x 6-15/16" @ one end tapering to 4-1/4" (narrowest face is 2-1/4") x 2" thick. Comment: 97% clear for a burl- 2 fine inclusion on the one side edge and the one face towards the edge. This was cut closest to the outside where the burl is strongest. This was a veneer presentation grade burl that was heading to England and was able to purchase a small lot- this is the last piece. This is a piece of dense hardwood. Standard guitar billet in this grade retails approx. $ 400 to $500. "
This should yield a minimum of 14 5 x 2 x 1ish pieces, more if you cut them a bit narrower. The seller usually sells a lot to instrument makers and is absolutely reliable, I never had a bad piece from him. He assured me that this was treated state of the art for madrone which needs to be cooked or steamed to remain stable. I have had it for a year now. If you are interested, please PM me about the price. If I don't find takers here, I'll offer it as a guitar billet on ebay.