February 25, 2011

1000 Board Feet of Cuban Mahogany

David Welter just received shipment of 1,000 board feet of cuban mahogany. According to Fine Woodworking, this wood has been commercially extinct for about 100 years, and disappeared from the US market around 1950. It can't be cut down, but trees can be harvested after natural disasters. David came into this lot of cuban mahogany through a friend of a friend that had to liquidate his stockpile of the wood. As you can see in the photo below, the students are very excited about the wood's arrival. 

I had the pleasure of helping David inventory the lot. This saved my back from the physical labor of moving the wood around, and I also got to see each and every board that came into the wood room and ask David tons of questions about what he looks for in a board. I also learned how to properly measure board feet. All in all, it was a good experience. 


  1. Laura, thank you for your reporting. I've been looking into the program for several months and your blog as been a great source of information and inspiration. I have some additional questions, however. Would it be possible to send you an email? Let me know, thanks.


  2. Hi Paul. Feel free to email me at zahn.laura@gmail.com. Cheers.

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