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We were able to achieve some first-class quilted maple, in German also called cloud maple into our shelves. This wood, which results from a very special undulated wave-like abnormal growth of the wood fibres, is very rare, uniquely beautiful in its three-dimensional surface and unfortunately, because internationally appreciated and sought after by guitar builders, also very expensive. But if you hold this wood in your hands and then touch it, because you can't believe that this three dimensional looking surface is really flat, you know what its all about quilted maple. Some finest guitar decks will be resawn from these billets soon!
Yew burl
05.01.2019

Sometimes the acquisition of new interesting and rare wood can take quite a long time, but stability often leads to the goal: this gigantic block yew burl was on my shopping list for a long time, but it could only be bought by me after a long time. As always with the purchase of round wood, the anxious question here is: What does the log look like from the inside, does the wood keep what it promises to contain from the outside after cutting the log?
In this case the affair turned out well, and the first impressions from the sawmill were already very promising: you could very fine burl wood, extremely slow-growing and fine-grained, this log represents a real special feature and rarity. But this trunk contained not only finest burl wood, but also a respectable quantity of large gravel stones, which had grown inside the giant block and probably found their way into the crown of this mighty tree by human hand. In any case, these stones could have been used for paving a path in the sawmill, so that these unwanted innards could also have found a meaningful use.

Snakewood pen blanks and knife blocks are frequently sold in our webshop. Unfortunately these were often sold out quite fast, so that these articles were not always available. We have now again a nice selection of really beautifully figured snakewood in AAA grade in stock. You can find these articles here!

Most of the time we only find unattractive looking things when cleaning up our warehouse-in this case it were 8 inconspicuous looking stems of Brazilian Tulipwood that were felled a long time ago and have been sleeping since then in a high shelf on a pallet. From outside these trunks didn't look great: rather strawy yellow, crooked, with a partly rotten core and lots of cracks they didn't look very exciting. Only a single trunk let see something of the typical red colour on its front surface and let assume of its colour. In the workshop, the first of these trunks turned out to be true treasures after being cut into handier pieces, I haven't seen such a beautiful fine-grained and deep red rosewood in 10 years, nort had something of this quality on the saw table. One can recognize well the special of this true rosewood species Dalbergia decipularis by these small trunks: the trees do not grow very big and old, a trunk diameter of approx. 40 cm including sapwood is already very considerable. Also the height of the trees remains with approx. 6-8 meters rather small for a tree growing only in the northeast of the Brazilian jungle. In addition, these trees usually do not reach a high age, about 50 years they become old, then the death of the tree begins with a core rot beginning from the pith, on these photos you can see this well on two of the trunks still lying on the palette with beginning core rot. The small trees grow like e.g. also snake wood very spread in the jungle, are mostly searched and found by natives and then felled classically with axes, debarked on the spot and freed from sapwood with the axe. In most cases, the traces of this coarse finishing by hand are still visible on the logs, as on these trunks. The Bark as the straw-yellow sapwood will also be hewn away with axes in the jungle, as it is not usable anyway. It unnecessarily increases the weight, as these whole small trunks are carried on the shoulders of indios out of the jungle to the next collection point often over a distance of over tens of kilometres. Sometimes so much can be baled from the existing traces of a trunk... Due to these circumstances the wood of this tree will always remain a rare and expensive speciality, which was is appreciated and highly valued by musical instrument makers and cabinet makers.

We have again done something very old-fashioned: we have bought a few tons of the most beautiful olive wood in form of scantlings and blocks. But as beautiful as this wood may be, it will disappear for several years into our climate-regulated wood store in shelves, where it has to dry slowly and very carefully to a processable moisture content. As sorry as we are ourselves, and as much as we would love to sell these woods right now, so old-fashioned are our principles as timber merchants: You as our customers should not have any nasty surprises with cracks or warping later on when working on them! Putting your work and time into a beautiful wild piece of wood, in order to have to accept a loss of the created object, is a bitter disappointment. And so that this does not happen, we only deal with dry wood, even if the business dogma is that a warehouse has to be turned over as quickly as possible: we flout about such truism and forget about our wood for a few years on the shelf. Even if other suppliers offer soaking wet fresh wood, there is only seasoned and dry wood for the sale of precious wood. Our customers have appreciated this since 2005.
But even if we only make your mouth water, we are all so happy about the uniquely beautiful wood that we dare to say a few words about it:
It is really beautifully grained wood that comes from centuries-old olive trees - unpacking the pallets is a feast for eyes, hands and nose:
The often wildly flamed and very decorative wood does not only look beautiful, each piece is unique and reflects the history of a centuries-old olive culture in the Mediterranean. But it is not only very beautiful, heavy and dense, it also smells indescribably pleasant, a little bit like olives, a little bit like wild fruit, with a pinch of tangy, spicy woody scent, always very aromatic - the smell is difficult to describe. The rest is told by the pictures!

We have received another nice and large batch of burls from all over the world, have a look at some of the pieces and enjoy looking on those beauties! We are looking forward to seeing them soon in our shop: There are burls of Rosewood, Flexuosa, Chechen, Laurel and Thuya among them, some of which we still have to clean, determine and plane to reveal their beauty!

One of our most beloved and beautiful woods is certainly olive wood, not the common species, growing fast in Portugal, Spain or Italy, nearly always grained boringly and coarsely. This olive wood comes from  trees, which were often bred and artificially fertilized for this purpose and therefore mostly show little exciting grain and are straight grown. Our olive wood, like all our other woods, is carefully hand-picked and comes from wild grown olive trees that are often centuries old, which the Venetians planted at the Mediterranean Sea in the 16th century. Even today, they are still different from all other varieties of olive trees, as they grow slowly and devoured, making their wood something very special, the pictures show this. We now have a few tons of them in stock again, and since we generally only offer dry wood to our customers, ready for immediate working, many of these pieces of olive wood will remain in our shelves for a few more years until they are slowly and gently dried to such an extent that we can sell them with a clear conscience. This distinguishes our business from the peasant competitors who sell fresh wood, with whom you will experience unpleasant surprises, as the wet wood will warp and tear.

15.11.2017

Due to strong demand we had to replenish our stock with Karelian curly birch. Of course, the wood is not fresh, but varefully and slow dried and only freshly arrived with us, so that it can be processed immediately at 7-9 % relative wood moisture.
As before, we have selected and sorted only the best and finest grained planks from a large quantity of many tons of this wood for our customers. You can find these jewels in our category Curly Birch in our shop.

We are glad to be able to offer our customers ebony in old, seasoned and dry quality. Recently we have been able to buy a larger quantity of a few tons good quality and large diameter ebony sawn timber and squares that have been in stock for years aready. After a long period of sorting for colour, quality and freedom from cracks, they are now stored in our new warehouse and will be available and can be ordered by our valued customers in our shop.

It was a lot of work to check, grade and sort several tons of ebony, to carefully stack them with stacking strips into the storage racks and to put them in catagory position. But for us it goes without saying that we only offer our customers good quality products in a broad assortment and the best quality. After all, we have what is presumably the largest online stock of ebony available, which can be ordered according to mostly individual pictures and whose woods are dispatched promptly on the working day after receipt of payment. Thousands of customers have found ebony for their needs at our shop already, and we are happy to have a lager quantity of ebony in stock again, so that we can supply this worldwide demand from Berlin!

 We have acquired two new machines for the processing of our woods: a new, powerful Stenner log band resaw for the cutting of valuable woods and a wide belt sander. The large resawing Bandsaw can cut up wood with a minimum loss of 1.2 mm saw kerf to produce fine and thin wood thicknesses of our valuable wood, even saw cut veneers are no problem. With a stellite-tipped saw blade, veneers and boards up to 50 cm width can be cut, even from the hardest wood. The machines are still provisionally set up, but the first attempts at cutting show the performance of the heavy cast iron machine. A wide belt sanding machine, with which the boards and veneers can then be calibrated to an even thickness, is a reasonable supplement to the band saw. This enables us to calibrate even the thinnest veneers in such a way that the saw cut on the surfaces is removed and a perfect, even and glueable surface can be produced. A few photos of the wood that has been cut up experimentally show the results of the first work with these machines, and we will certainly be cutting more fine wood in the future, possibly also in the contract cutting process..... if our capacity allows it.

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