I got off work early today due to rain. On the way home I stopped by
our local architectural salvage warehouse that recently opened just to have
a look around. I explored rows and rows of surplus cabinets, doors, stair
parts (etc etc)until I got to the dark back of the warehouse and spied a
bunch of assorted lumber standing against the wall. I just had to pick
through and see what was there. The first thing I moved was several stair
treads. I thought "Damn, those things are heavy". I took one over to the
light and brushed off the dust. No clue as to what kind of wood it was, but
it looked *really*
nice. Finally, I asked the guy working there about the
wood. He said it's mahogany. I told him that I've worked with plenty of
mahogany, and I didn't think it was mahogony, but that I didn't know what it
was. He said they are $15 a piece....
Upon further digging through the pile, I pulled out a bunch of boards,
at least 150 bdft, that were dark and *very*
heavy, like the stair treads.
They were all in the rough, most well over 12" wide, 10 ft. or so long and
just shy of 2" thick. I still have no clue as to what kind of wood it is,
but there was enough for a nice project. Soon, the guy returned again. I
asked him if he'd take $100 for all the boards minus the stair treads. He
agreed on the condition that I carried them out myself (he didn't want to
lift those heavy things) so I started loading them up....
About the fifth board I carried (more like struggled) out to the truck I
noticed some writing on the board in blue crayon. I brushed off the dust to
reveal the word "JATOBA"
The other 5 boards were not so difficult to load!
Damn, I'm still excited! --dave