Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lots of Wood

I went to my local saw mill today to buy some African Blackwood that I want to use in turning knobs for the sewing table and for the chairs that I will start in the new year. It sure was my lucky day, the manager at the mill gave me a bag full of African Blackwood offcuts and one with the Mopane wood that I have been using for the sewing table. This mill specializes in supplying wood for the making of musical instruments so it is choice wood and well seasoned. The best thing is that the mill is only 10 minutes drive from my home and they asked that I give them photos once my tables are finished to put on their website.



Catherine said...

I LOVE African Blackwood! It is so much nicer than Ebony. It isn't as brittle and I think it is stronger. It is very expensive here and hard to get. I used it to make a handle for a 1: 1 spatula I made.
I look forward to seeing what you make else you make using it.

Giac said...

Hello Elga,
How great! You do such amazing work I can't wait to see how you'll transform that beautiful lumber.
All the best,

Susi said...

Ha sido una suerte¡¡¡
Yo tambien tengo suerte en muchas ocasiones, me regalan cosas inservibles que son tesoros para mi, espero con impaciencia ver que sale de tan magnifica madera, un beso

otterine said...

Beautiful materials! I'm sure you will make something wonderful with them.

Patty said...

Elga, How wonderful for you that you are so close to this incredible supply of wood! Your sewing tables will look incredible on their website!!!

Josje said...

Wow, I lifetime supply! Well maybe not, but what a wonderful gift. I do like the look of that blackwood. I am not familiar with it and look forward to seeing what you make with it.

rosanna said...

Oh, such a wealth of material and the skill to use it. I'll look forward your new works, Rosanna

Karin Corbin said...

Mopane is wonderful for miniatures. Very difficult to come by where I live.

I love luthier's woods, sometimes called "tone wood". I have stacks of thin boards of spruce and fir that have many growth rings per inch. They are harvested from trees in Alaska. I get them from a saw mill here in the Pacific NW. What I get are boards with flaws that make them unsuitable to sell for guitars and such but perfect for miniatures. I use them for floor boards and other objects in my dollhouses.

Hmm trade you quarter sawn spruce for mopane? Not sure it would work with shipping rates and import restrictions but it would be fun.

Elga said...

Well, seems there are some advantages to living in the south of Africa miniature wise, I live between Johannesburg and Pretoria and have easy access to about 4 big lumber yards that sells most of the American woods too.

Karen, trading would be nice, I couldn't even find Mopane on the USA wood list, maybe I could chuck a few pieces in my suitcase next year when I go to Castine and post it in the USA to you. Our shipping rates are quite expensive, $36 for 2.2 pounds.

Catherine, I can't wait to start working with the Blackwood after what you said about it, the Mopane is rather brittle and snaps easily with the grain.

Debora said...

WOW. Lucky you, enjoy the richness of this big pile of rather special wood. Can't wait to see what you'll do with it.

elly in amsterdam said...

Elga, I can' t wait to see what you will be doing with the wood.You started already, did I get that right?