Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Not your usual stuff.

Today, I received a package from the United Kingdom. It contained some of the most beautiful wood I've ever seen. A big thanks to Mike Skinner for these pieces of English Elm Burl. It's a very rare wood and I can see why. I plan to use it for the fin stock on my blunt nose. It's going to be amazing.

Here is a picture of how this wood looks when it's finished.

Thanks Mike, you made my day.



  1. Fabulous piece. Great idea for your skeg. Kind of a rare bird the English Elm, almost wiped out by Dutch Elm disease. A legendary and iconic tree with, some feel, a magical aura.

    The English Elm was once valued for many purposes, notably as water pipes from hollowed trunks, owing to its resistance to rot in saturated conditions. It is also very resilient to crushing damage and these two properties led to its widespread use in the construction of jetties, timber piers and lock gates etc. It was used to a degree in furniture manufacture but not to the same extent as oak, because of its greater tendency to shrink, swell and split, which also rendered it unsuitable as the major timber component in shipbuilding and building construction. The wood has a density of around 560 kg per cubic metre"

  2. wow that is great wood!