Resourcing wood

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Resourcing wood

Postby User308253 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:34 pm

Hi All,

This is not really a tool question, but I could use some help.

Can you recommend retailers for purchasing rosewood and other exotic wood?

I am building a musical instrument (Robotic drums) and looking for a hard dense wood for the mechanical parts. Any recommendations for other wood types that can work? Parts need to be extremely strong but not brittle as the motion ends with an impact.

Thanks :D

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Postby TahoeTwoBears » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:06 am

Don't know where you are on a map, but you can try Mitch (he's in Carlsbad, CA, but he'll do mail order) at:

He might have what you're after.

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Postby John » Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:36 am

We can vouch for Mitch-we have purchased tens of thousands of dollars of dalbergia retusa (cocobolo) from him, OK, alot more than that over the years. Great guy and honest businessman.

WARNING! The quality of the cocobolo from Mitch is outstanding, but we always had our material dried in a vacuum kiln prior to taking delivery. Without this step, the material was unusable for us--and for our customers.

Cannot overemphasize how important moisture content is with all exotics, as the vast majority is sold green/air dried. Failing to use dry material for technical work adds up to an expensive mistake in our opinion. Not so much for drawer pulls, pens or other smaller pieces, but it will be for larger work and for acoustical applications.

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