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 #132074  by tcsned
 Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:19 pm
I scored this piece of koa for a song. It's still pretty fresh (it was a tree only about two months ago). It's 2" thick . . . decisions . .
These are all unwetted, taken in the shade outside, the last one is in the sunlight
Top:
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Edge:
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Back:
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Closer view:
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In the sun:
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Last edited by tcsned on Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.
 #132083  by tcsned
 Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:24 pm
jester536 wrote:Wow!
I know, too good of a deal to pass up. It's 2" thick and could make a nice solid koa body or 3-4 carved top guitars. I'll a be a while before it's sporting strings.
 #132084  by ccw3432
 Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:14 pm
You can't go wrong with that. It's going to make a great looking guitar whatever you decide.
 #132094  by Mandoborg
 Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:19 am
One of my favorite woods to work with. What a score, that's a Beautiful piece......Plan your work carefully to maximize every inch of that stuff !!
 #132101  by drewfx
 Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:03 am
Looks sweet! Love to see what comes of this! :cool:
 #132105  by mgbills
 Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:12 pm
You probably already know this....

Has it been kiln dried? If so...double awesome!

If not it should dry banded & stickered for 2-3 years. Lots of stickers (spacers). It could also be resawn (consult your builder), and it'll dry faster.

Whatever you do don't build with it wet.
 #132108  by tcsned
 Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:02 pm
mgbills wrote:You probably already know this....

Has it been kiln dried? If so...double awesome!

If not it should dry banded & stickered for 2-3 years. Lots of stickers (spacers). It could also be resawn (consult your builder), and it'll dry faster.

Whatever you do don't build with it wet.
Definitely not, I'll get a moisture meter on it to see where it's at.
 #132109  by tcsned
 Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:04 pm
. . . and my mother just reached out from the afterlife and popped me in the head for ending a sentence with a proposition :-)
 #132122  by tcsned
 Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:30 am
Wow, Vic! That's sweet. It's gonna be a while before it's dry enough to use but I've got just about enough for a Tiger and a Wolf. It's good to have some time - I've got milobender resuscitating an old guitar and a Scarlet Fire Wolf on the way. Just what I need - more guitars!!
 #132126  by TI4-1009
 Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:03 am
tcsned wrote:. . . and my mother just reached out from the afterlife and popped me in the head for ending a sentence with a proposition :-)
I'ts OK, it's OK. We're just a music discussion board. :lol:

(ps- that is WOODIE wood! Beautiful.)
 #132262  by Griffyote
 Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:40 am
Oh man :shock: Beautiful wood! Where did you come by that? I would give 3 songs for that. Guess that's why I don't sing, I done spent all my songs.
 #132311  by Jon S.
 Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:00 am
That is easily the equal of any koa I've ever seen! Nice score.