David Barmon wrote:Thanks for the detailed info Satamax! That's an interesting name by the way. I have a Washburn with a spruce top and Koa wood sides and back. Koa is a kind of Acacia. I think black Acacia grows in Southern California and makes beautiful lumber. That might be a good option for Sheri's garden but I must confess I know little about those particular trees and I could not confirm if they grow well in the San Diego area.
It seems like softwoods make the best tops. Are you a guitar maker or professional woodworker?
I have not been working on milling wood for guitar stock although it sounds interesting. I am pretty much milling slabs for tables, benches ect.. I am capable of doing some quality woodworking but my background is more in drystack stone and landscape construction. Hence my interest in planting trees as well as milling wood.
Sheri Menelli wrote:Thanks guys. I'll look at Koa and see if it can grow here. I'll let you know what I find out.
By the way, I was at one of the big trade shows for the music industry in January - NAMM. Saw one wood supplier's booth and chatted with them about the type of wood they look for.
I saw one piece of curly maple (Maple that has a 3D like effect) and it was selling for $1000 for a piece that was pretty small. I want to say it was 2 x 2 feet by 3 inches.