25 Sinker Mahogany Ukulele Sets Available!!

If you’ve ever thought about building a ukulele then now is the time to do it.

We just put up 25 nice sets in a mix of all 4 sizes in the online store.

Sets with lots of curl and figure……. And lots of classic ribbon



To see them all in the online store….CLICK HERE

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Mr. Hub’s Handiwork is On It’s Way!!

The big Guanacaste Slabs that Mr. Hub chainsawed for us were loaded into a 40′ container last week. They are now aboard ship and located somewhere in the Caribbean. Hopefully they’ll be here soon!!


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Some Incredible “Live Edge” Guanacaste Slabs Are Coming Your Way!!

Last season we came across a very large Guanacaste log in the Belize River.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The log was a real monster!



She was 18′ long and 4′ in diameter.



We couldn’t get her floated high enough to get through the shallows to a low lying bank and we didn’t have enough “umph” on the boom of the skidder to get her lifted over the high sided bank where she was located.




We ended up sawing this behemoth into 2 pieces to get it lifted out of the water.







All total, it took nearly 2 days to get “Big Mama”  to a point we could finally call for a flat bed…. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA




….and get her loaded and on her way to the storage base.




Once we got her there we had a new challenge. What the heck were we going to do with it?? I wanted to slice live edge, (or “sinker” edge), slabs from it but there wasn’t a mill in Belize who had enough throat to slice a log of this size through and through.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA







Enter Mr. Hub……

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWell known in Belize for his amazing ability to mill logs into slabs using only a chainsaw, this spry 65 year old picked up a long barred chainsaw at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since.

When I went to the ops base to watch him work, I was a bit skeptical about his ability but my doubt was blown away like saw chips in a strong wind as I watched him perform feats of skill with a chainsaw that left heads shaking and jaws slacked.



When the day was done we had 15 well sawn planks that will make some incredible “Live Edge” table tops.


Watch the video below to find out more and see Mr. Hub in action:

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Our new and improved online store is now up and running!!

Happy New Year All!!
It’s been a long time coming but our new online store is finally open!
We’re still working diligently to get more material processed and added to the store but for now here is what’s available:
179 new boards of River Recovered Mahogany surfaced 2 sides with many sporting stunning figure and character.
9 outstanding natural edge River Recovered Mahogany table tops.
20+ new boards of River Recovered Sapodilla from 2 logs found last season.
And a new species to offer from 2 logs found last spring, Guanacaste:
In the coming days we’ll also be offering boards of Spanish Cedar, Santa Maria, and Katalox.
We are also processing some more guitar blanks and other instrument grade material for all you luthiers out there.
So, keep an eye on the new store as there will be new and exciting material being uploaded each week.
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Stretch Your River Recovered Mahogany Dollar To The Max!!

From the very first Old Growth Mahogany log we pulled out of the water I thought, “I wonder if this material could be sliced into veneer??”. I mulled around the idea for quite sometime as risking a large and valuable log to a veneer slicer could be financially “brutal” if it didn’t work out. But then it just so happened we had 2 small logs that River City Hardwoods couldn’t fit on their mill deck because they were too short for the dogs on the deck to grab. I then realized that a great opportunity was staring me in the face. This was material we could slice into veneer and not get clobbered if it didn’t work!!  I called a friend of mine by the name of Todd Morrissette. A great guy who owns “Dead Head Lumber Company”. He pulls old growth Birch, Maple, Beech, Oak, Spruce, Hemlock, and Pine logs from rivers and lakes up in Maine. You can see his inventory of material at www.deadheadlumbercompany.com. He pointed me in the direction of Rob Mathers at Thiesing Veneer Company in Mooresville Indiana. Todd had sent him some flamed birch to slice and said they did a masterful job with it. I called Rob and was pleased to find he was more than willing to give this material a shot. In March of this year I drove up to Mooresville with my 2 baby logs and got a great lesson on how veneer is supposed to be produced. If you are ever in the Mooresville area, (just outside of Indianapolis), and you want to see what a great family run company is supposed to be about, give them a call. They have an incredible plant. They turn out some of the most impressive and exacting veneers I have ever seen. I took alot of video of them turning these two logs into 59 bundles of veneer and will definitely go back to them again with some bigger logs to slice. Early next week I’ll post a video showing the experience of slicing our first river recovered mahogany veneer logs.

This material is now available in our online store and is priced from $1.00 to $2.50 per square foot based on size, figure and quality. It is sold by the bundle of which range from 10 to 25 sheets per bundle. So if you’re looking to stretch your mahogany dollar, give this material a look. (Click HERE to go to the online store and select your material).


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