Here is another fine Redwood Burl slab that I acquired from Albuquerque Exotic Woods just yesterday. Jake is the most kind and helpful person I’ve ever met in the wood business and I’ve grown to depend on him for fine specimens! He’s about to open a radically larger store – and I look forward to shopping a much larger stock.
This slab is about 1-3/4″ thick and 22″ x 39″. I’ll square the ends just a bit, but this one will look similar to the other Redwood Burl Table I made and posted below. I chose this side to be exposed as it has more of the bark inclusions – so appropriate for a bit of turquoise inlay. I’m not sure what I’ll use for the skirt, legs, and stretchers, but am considering a treasured plank of Blue Mahoe that I’ve cherished for about 8 years. Some woods I have are in suspended animation waiting to tell me what they’d like to be! I also have some remarkable bark included 2″ Bird’s Eye Maple, and some very densely figured 4/4 Bird’s Eye Maple that might like to be a skirt. I have quite a number of very very special planks and boards waiting for special purposes. This example of Redwood deserves accompanying very special woods. I’ll post the results when I get around to designing and creating my next special table. The best source of extremely high quality Maple on earth is Bell Forest Products in Ispeming, Michigan. I was forturnate to visit their store a few years ago and managed to select about $3k of their finest. The wood for the top of the wide bench posted earlier came from them. Boone is so knowledgeable, too.
On another note, my very special custom chopper motorcycle is very well in-progress! Yesterday I visited it at Chuck’s “Dawg House” and there it sits waiting for the rest of the parts. I did pick out a nice tachometer/speedometer combination instrument – about 1-1/2″ x 6″ with rounded ends. Chuck and Jeff did an astounding job on them! They will be painted rather than chrome. The bars fit very well with the overall smooth lines of the bike. These custom handlebars are absolutely awe inspiring – so smooth and flowing back. See the photo above. Chuck referred to them as having “a boatload of drawback for a guy with a bad shoulder”. He’s right – and I’m headed for an orthopedic specialist to see what can be done about my shoulder with bursitis, arthritis, and many spurs & floaters limiting movement. That’s an important one for managing the clutch, you know! While there several of the parts arrived. The remainder will arrive early next week. We’ll visit again next Friday to see it all assembled and ready for the final fitment. The very next step is disassembly and going to PAINT! I’m not totally settled on the color but it will likely be a radically deep dark red. I’m SO anxious! Cat’s trike kit is being manufactured by Lehman in South Dakota – very near Sturgis. They’ll be doing the conversion to a trike – and when it returns our Majestic Motorcycle Magician, Chuck Zettner, will make it Very Special! We are so fortunate to have this world class motorcycle expert! I’m so proud! More to follow perhaps next weekend – a photo or two of my ride just before paint!