I went aboard the mothership of exotic hardwoods and came home with these:
These are .5" 20x12 cherry hardwood slabs custom cut to fit the forge!
Some photos of the incredible insides of this place. If only I could share the smell too. It was like heaven
Walls of wonder:
Buckets of joy
This makes the stash of exotic hardwoods I picked up over a week ago look tiny. I hope you got a great deal on all this amazing wood.
Where is this? I want to go to there!
I did! Its an amazing place.
@chadmart1076 its in the backhills of western NC. I never knew it was there, but it happens to be about 15 minutes from my moms house, so I will be going back quite often.
Turns out they are a mass distributor of exotic hardwoods to vendors. The seemed interested in working with me to offload pieces similar to what I showed in the first photo (and slightly larger), so if people are interested in getting some of these thinner hardwood pieces let me know and I will look into setting something up.
Hear that guys?
Takitus is another good source! Be kind when you send your payment
I love the google listing," people tend to spend 15 mins to 1.5 hours here". I bet I could hit 2 hours…then out for BBQ. Nice finds. Have fun with all that potential!
One small note of caution: any time you use materials that aren’t designed for a laser, be careful. This board:
looks to my eye like lacewood, which is an irritant and might not be safe to use in your Glowforge.
Wow, now that is some serious attention to detail.
Its Leopardwood! But thank for looking out! It does look similar to lacewood.
From what Ive heard, lacewood is not only bad in a laser, but the dust from any type of milling is an irritant. People have had to empty their entire shops, clean it from top to bottom, and even throw out their shop vacs to get rid of the issues. Lacewood also describes a number of different woods that look similar, including sycamore.
I didnt happen to pick up much with strong grain to use in the laser, as it would be hard to see the engravings, but I did pick up a TON of purpleheart, yellowheart, padauk, and cherry. ( along with some cool samples of others for non laser projects)
I wanna go there on vacation.
Is there an outlet mall nearby I could drop the wife at?
There’s a flea market a ways down the road. Does that count?
Was just notified that some new proofgrade materials got here today too! I’m bustin at the seams! Really excited to try out the cherry hardwood, walnut ply, and maple hardwood for 3d engraves!
Wow. Looks like heaven. That is one amazing distribution center.
Some of those darker ones that look like they could be walnut have GORGEOUS grains in them I’m so jealous
Is any of that from the pic in the post just above this proofgrade?
Behind, with the QR codes.