Fancy figured woods...

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Louie Atienza
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Jim Kirby wrote:One of these days I hope to have the right timing to get to see Rick Hearne's personal stash. (Rick is a major hardwood dealer out of Oxford, PA, if you were unfamiliar) Rick has a personal collection of only ten boards, which is a promise he made to himself in order to avoid becoming a hoarder. I remember walking into his office one time and seeing a board of maple that was perfectly uniformly quilted top to bottom, side to side, front to back, with a perfectly uniformly sized, absolutely stunning quilting pattern, the board being about 8/4, 10" wide and maybe 6' long. For sale? No, PRS Guitars had purchased it when it had been there about a day - it was getting shipped out the following Monday. The board was amazing - way more stunning than anything I have ever seen anyone post on a forum. (Anything!)

"So, Rick, would that have been close to making it into your personal stash?"

"No, not really"

Got to see that someday.
Hearne Hardwoods.... Almost purchased a large board a while back, though it's tough to justify spending $1600 for a piece of wood. I try to find stuff for the cheapest price I can. I want to make the pilgrimage there too. I have some above-decent boards of quilt and tiger stripe, but nothing crazy.

I paid about $8/bf for each of the mahogany boards, and I almost didn't want to pay that. I bought the walnut billet a long time ago and I don't think I have $100 into it. If you're PRS, you can outbid everyone else for good stuff. I work the opposite way. The tiger stripe mahogany above... I bought a similar board a while back for the electric guitar challenge, at about $3/bf! And I had about 30bf of the stuff!

Nick Dingle
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Myrtle Burl. Tasmania. Ought to make a pretty sexy drop top one day. :lol:
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Eric Baack
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how about a nice figured piece of phillipine mahog??

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Martin Taylor
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This is a Tiger Myrtle Acoustic I built recently.

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with the final guitar looking like this

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Oh and another Australian timber, Blackwood. This is a piece from New South Wales.

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Something that mysteriously found its way into my surfboard bag after a surf trip to the Andaman Islands in '99 ...

Andaman Padauk (Pterocarpus Dalbergioides):
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Something that I just came across...
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James Tonguet
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My latest aquisition a nice set of Aesculus Californica aka Buckeye Burl

I plan on filling the gaps with crushed turquoise
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I lucked into these 2 sets as well , very special curly Koa ..my favorite wood
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James Tonguet wrote:I lucked into these 2 sets as well , very special curly Koa ..my favorite wood
Keep that well locked up. I don't like the way those faces are looking out at me.

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Here's a piece of Zebrawood that is 2 in thick, x 8 1/2 in wide, x 32 in long.
That's large enough for the back of a few acoustic guitars, or the top of 5 or 6 electrics.
Probably going to go with either an alder back, or a walnut back on the electrics.

It is simply plain right now, no water or anything on it to show grain.

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Nick Dingle
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Looks to be raining Zebrawood. Here's a billet I got really cheap. 1m x 235mm x 26mm(39x9.5x1+ inches)

2 Acoustic sets plus a Uke or a couple electric drop tops.....

Probably acoustic as it's well quartered.

Not as fancy a graining as the previous one, but it'll do....
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I found this 8' long 1x8 at menards of all places! The figure is like this through almost the whole board. I think it could make a few nice top sets.

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I found a nice 1x6 like that at Home Depot a couple months back. I always stop by the maple rack and pick through it for particularly pretty, or just nice and clear, boards.
-Ruining perfectly good wood, one day at a time.

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Yeah, I like to check out what they have every so often.

Richard Eyman
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I just started cutting this .
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I hope you didn't find any rusty nails.

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David King wrote:I hope you didn't find any rusty nails.
The coloration that you see is ambrosia .
There is quite a bit of that in my area . It is caused by a beetle . A chemical signature of it's presence . It causes the only blue coloring typically found in wood . I don't think you will find this beetle out west .
This is red maple , but I have a silver maple that is just loaded with ambrosia .
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Sort of a Rorschach test figure .

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