Source For Abachi Wood
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Posted 28 June 2011 - 11:53 AM
Does anyone know of a source for Abachi wood here in the U.S.? Thinking about trying some of it for cranks. I did a search on the 'net and didn't find anything here in the states.
Posted 28 June 2011 - 10:47 PM
That's the same trouble I was having Glenn. Lot's of info about it, but couldn't find a supplier here in the states. It looks like the place you found is overseas as well. Although they could have an outlet here in the states. Will have to contact them to be sure.
Thanks for the help everyone. I'll post if I find anything.
Posted 30 June 2011 - 03:58 AM
Did some googling as well , .........obviously common only in Europe , .......US and Canadian sauna builders use local timbers , as far , as I could figure out .
There is an European company "Finnleo" obviously having distributers in the US , but as it seems , they only sell complete sauna kits and custom-build saunas , no single timber boards available on their site , ..........Ben , ....probably call in there whether they might be able or even willing to supply some left over scrap pieces ?
greetz , diemai
Edited by diemai, 30 June 2011 - 04:00 AM.
Posted 30 June 2011 - 06:43 AM
Thanks Dieter. I had reached pretty much the same conclusion as you. Maybe someone will be willing to sell some scrap pieces if I can find anyone using Abachi.
Posted 30 June 2011 - 12:57 PM
Try searching for alternate trade name like Samba, African whitewood etc. This webpage has all the detail info on the wood and list of alternate names.
Edited by LaPala, 30 June 2011 - 01:03 PM.
Posted 30 June 2011 - 01:22 PM
Ben, Looking at La Pala's link, it says abache wood has a density of 24 lbs/cu ft. That's almost identical to basswood at 23 lbs/cu ft.
Posted 30 June 2011 - 04:11 PM
Thanks for the link LaPala. It will prove to be very useful.
I saw that Bob. I thought I had read somewhere that Abachi was not much heavier than balsa and hard enough to use glue in twisted wire ties and hangers. The info on the link LaPala provided pretty much puts an end to thinking it would be a good substitute for balsa.
Thanks everyone. Sorry it ended up being a wild goose chase.
Posted 01 July 2011 - 01:25 AM
Ben , ........abachi has a weight somewhere between between balsa and pinewood , ......like balsa there are softer and harder densities to be found , ............the harder quality is also heavier in weight , off course .
Also similar to balsa the softer and lighter abachi does not have any visible grain layers and is of a light color , ......whereas the more dense and heavier stuff is a tad darker and has hardly visible grain marks .
Both of these hold epoxied screw eyes very well , I"ve tossed out pike of 30" + without any issues , .......but I can't tell about glued-in twisted wire eyes , ........though I'm certain , that no failures would occur as well , if processed properly .
On Saturday I'm going to the lumberyard in a neighbor town to get some more abachi boards 28 X 80 mm or similar , ........my own stock down the workshop is almost through .
Gonna try to find both densities , ......the ligther stuff for topwater lures and the denser kind for crankbaits , ..........if you're still interested , just PM your mail adress to me and I'll send you some samples enough to carve a couple of lures ,........ won't charge you anything !
greetz , Dieter
Posted 01 July 2011 - 04:50 AM
Your offer is truly appreciated Dieter, but there's no need to go to all that trouble and expense. Somewhere I had done some reading about abachi wood and thought it might be fun, and even educational, to try carving some lures out of it. If the only source for it is going to be overseas then it just wouldn't be practical to use it. There are many different types of wood available here in the states to experiment with. Enough to keep me busy for a long, long time.
Thanks again for your kind offer,
Posted 01 July 2011 - 05:07 AM
..............up to you , Ben , .........but I see your point , .........if you'd be very happy with that material and don't have a steady supplying source , .........that'll surely be a great pain in the butt for the lure carver .
greetz , Dieter