I received the wood today and it looks great. It was just what I wanted”
Dennis Griswold, Oconomowoc, WI
… I am extremely grateful to Wood Vendors for having make it possible for me to go ahead with this important project
In July 2013 I was commissioned to create a number of wooden artworks to be displayed in the Suites of the Four Seasons Hotel Resort at Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii. The island of Lanai, west of Maui, was recently acquired by Larry Ellison of Oracle. The project in question needed the use of Koa and Bloodwood. Whereby Koa is readily available, I knew that I may have difficulties finding a supplier of 8/4 kiln or air dried bloodwood. Indeed, after calling some major US suppliers of exotic lumber, I eneded up with empty hands. I made further calls and was told by Tom of Wood Vendors, Vancouver, WA, that although he didn’t have it in stock at the time, he would however try to find some for me. Ten days later UPS delivered to my address 2 beautiful air dried planks of bloodwood totaling 12 board feet. I am extremely grateful to Wood Vendors for having make it possible for me to go ahead with this important project and use the speies of timber specified by Four Seasons Resort, Lanai. Tom of Wood Vendors went out of his way to satisgy my demand. Mahoalo nui loa”
Testimonial posted on: Sawmill Creek Forum. Background: Asked if anyone had any experiences with WoodVendors.com. Nobody indicated any but I threw the dice and placed an order. Here are my comments on the experience. Ran across their website from a Google search looking for rough cut walnut. Communication excellent. Telephone answered promptly and courteously. Email responses received within hours. Ordered 250 bd ft of 4/4 Select & Better, Walnut, KD, Rgh, RW, L 6-8′ at $4.50/bd ft. Placed the order and received a telephone call Monday morning asking if 8′ boards skip planed to 15/16″ would be acceptable. Agreed that was acceptable. Wood on my dock Friday morning. By my rough calculations, the delivery contained about 268 bd ft – definitely not a short count. All of the boards 6″ or wider. Most in the 6-8″ range. One monster 15″ wide. None of the boards shorter than 8′. Most in the 100″-105″ range. Some over 9′. Most of the boards have beautiful grain and good color; a little more sapwood than optimum, but balancing that against the overage on board foot and I’m satisfied. Minor amount of end checking, surface defects per grade or better. Very minor warpage: no obvious cupping, twist, or bow. A few of the boards had mild to moderate crook. Overall impression of the wood quality – Not quite FAS, but at the high end of Select. Don’t have a moisture meter, so I can’t give a definitive reading on moisture content, but handling and inspecting each individual board, I didn’t get an uncomfortable feeling about moisture content. I believe a week or two of acclimation and it’ll be good to go. Bottom Line: Would I do it again? You bet! Disclaimer: I have no business nor personal relationship with the company or with any of the personnel of WoodVendors.com other than as a paying customer.