Not at all surprised---while they had a nice selection, their pricing
was outrageous and service terrible--at least mail order. I tried to
use them a couple of times while in the TN/VA area when there wasn't the
"veritable plethora" of choices of today and it was unmitigated hell
dealing w/ them--at least long distance.
I heard stories that in-store was a different matter, but couldn't vouch
Too bad you had such a negative experience with Constantines. Mine was just
I live about an hour and a half's drive from the old Bronx location and
would make a pilgrimage there about once a year to buy veneer. One of the
aspects that I really enjoyed was that they would let you go "in the back"
and pick your own veneers off the shelves. I enjoy doing marquetry and it
was really nice to pick a species that that would have the color and figure
to illustrate a portion of the picture (i.e. swirling water).
I never thought their prices were a bargin, but not that outrageous either.
For me, the sad part is that I always expected that they would be there and,
as I move closer to retirement and the prospect of having more time to work
wood, I had hope to increase the frequency of my visits.
I guess that train has left the station.
(reply doesn't work-at least I hope it doesn't)
As I noted, I had been told that "in person" was a different experience,
but being 500 mi removed that an unlikely event.
In retrospect, I'm sure I've overreacted on price point owing to the
problems about mail order delivery and trying to get missing order items
delivered, etc. But, as I say, this was in the days long ago before
there wasn't the present preponderance of mail order business and I go
the feeling it wasn't much of a priority w/ them at the time. Years
later I got catalogs but never gave them another opportunity.
Isn't that often the case, unfortunately? The old "you don't know what
you got 'til it's gone" refrain... :(
Has it been that long? I haven't done any serious woodworking in some time due
to my 'regular' job, but geez,..
Do you mean I've had that marvelous grain filler in my shop all those years?
That box of pumice and rottenstone and rubbing oil has been sitting on the shelf
for so many years?
That huge roll of quarter-sawn oak veneer has been languishing on the wood rack
since Bush the 1st was president?
Tempus fugit. Hominus mort.
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