One of those bull sessions that doesn't make sense until the third six
pack has bween put away. We wandered on to the subject of ivory and
how it's illegal to use it for carvings, etc. unless it's 100 years
old. I wondered aloud whether there was any kind of rare wood that was
in the same "illegal" catagory. Anyone know of any such?
Well, there are a number of endangered species that can't be imported
if they were cut after a certain date. I recall seeing a piece in one
of the woodworking magazines about a new source of 'legal' Brazilian
Rosewood. Small pieces were being milled from the stumps of trees cut
down more than 30 years ago. The wood was considered to have been cut
before the ban went into effect.
I don't know of any kind of wood which is as closely controlled as
"Sometimes history doesn't repeat itself. It just yells
'can't you remember anything I've told you?' and lets
fly with a club.
-- John W. Cambell Jr.
Mon, Jan 3, 2005, 6:37pm (EST-3) firstname.lastname@example.org claims:
Harveting of teak in Thailand is a capital offense.
How about expanding on that statement? I admit, been awhile since
I was there, but teak was being extensively used at that time.
EVERY THING THAT HAPPENS STAYS HAPPENED.
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Walrus ivory, for instance, and ivory sold from culling is still available.
As to the harvest of _wild_ teak, it is indeed a criminal offense in
Thailand. Plantation teak is another matter.
Same problems arise as with ivory, however, as there is no differentiation
between the baby and bathwater.
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