The past month or two I have been trying to connect with a great old friend by the name of Don Barnes. One of the many things that Don does is that he goes out to the west
coast and buys up curly, quilted, burly Maple logs and brings them home and sells them world wide for Violins, Cellos and Bases. It is amazing how this business has taken off over the years – the part that I most like about it is that when he finds any wood that is too coloured or too figured for good instrument wood he gives me a call. From there, negotiations begin and sometimes the wood is very cheap while others it costs me the going rate – usually only if I want one of his prime pieces.
At any rate, I finally got around to going up to visit him and this load of wood is what I came home with. I will require some creative imagination in order to figure out what I am going to do with some of it but one thing is for sure – every piece will be blessed with great figured wood. I can’t say how much Eileen and I appreciate this wood – it always gives me new inspriations and as long as I am up to the skill level required then the pieces turn out great.
At any rate, thanks Don.