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Pete Howlett
07-31-2010, 11:22 AM
In the middle of the Indian ocean are the Andaman Islands - my sawyer here in the UK has scored what looks and smells like Andaman Padauk and what could possibly be Narra. It is from an estate sale where the bundle was probably originally sold to the joinery business as 'Burmese Rosewood'.

If it is Andaman - I am awaiting samples.... I have been trying to track this wood down for about 5 years after hearing a guitar made from it. I made decorative boxes out of it one time and it is the most incredible wood. What makes it the find of the century is that Tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, you name it, the Andaman Islands got it all in the last 15 years, practically devastating their entire silviculture. It was in a parlous state before the climate disasters of the past 2 decades so this wood truly is rare, unlike other so called rare woods that are still being harvested, logged and converted.

seeso
07-31-2010, 12:42 PM
In the middle of the Indian ocean are the Andaman Islands - my sawyer here in the UK has scored what looks and smells like Andaman Padauk and what could possibly be Narra. It is from an estate sale where the bundle was probably originally sold to the joinery business as 'Burmese Rosewood'.

If it is Andaman - I am awaiting samples.... I have been trying to track this wood down for about 5 years after hearing a guitar made from it. I made decorative boxes out of it one time and it is the most incredible wood. What makes it the find of the century is that Tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, you name it, the Andaman Islands got it all in the last 15 years, practically devastating their entire silviculture. It was in a parlous state before the climate disasters of the past 2 decades so this wood truly is rare, unlike other so called rare woods that are still being harvested, logged and converted.

Incredible news! Please keep us updated!

Pete Howlett
07-31-2010, 12:46 PM
At the moment it is a wish until I see the timber. Won't be for a couple of weeks but this stuff, if it is genuine has the most incredible scent and is visually stunning.

fahrner
07-31-2010, 12:49 PM
Cool. Will be interested in seeing how it compares to the African Padauk we see here in the US.

urcuzzn
07-31-2010, 05:25 PM
i have some genuine bamboozle wood for sale.
very rare grows only on lahaina side.
just joking

Ken W
07-31-2010, 07:01 PM
Can't wait to see pictures of this wood and hear some sound samples of the finished ukes. What is your best guess as to how long ago this wood was milled?

Pete Howlett
07-31-2010, 08:34 PM
30 - 50 years

erich@muttcrew.net
07-31-2010, 10:28 PM
Sounds like a real treasure - can't wait to see it shine and hear it ring - keep us posted.

UncleElvis
08-01-2010, 08:01 AM
This sounds like an amazing find! Fingers crossed for you, Mr. Howlett!

SweetWaterBlue
08-01-2010, 09:28 AM
Its really great that this wood is going to someone who can do it justice.