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David Tseng

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I would like to make some violin pegs out of this domestic wood. Does any one here know where can I buy the wood. When I drive on Interstate 80, I see many trees in some area. Now people plant it in the back yard for oranment.

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Gilmer in Portland sometimes has some, but you may find their prices discouraging.

I have searched around and not found a ready supply. Sometimes it shows up in odd places--wood dealers at woodworking shows, things like that.

I know some people who tried to buy a bunch of it in firewood form but the rumour is that most of that was unusable. Bruce Harvie over at Orcas Island might have more info.

Those who really want it typically have ended up harvesting it themselves, and then you have to wait a long time to use it--I'm told it's really no more stable than boxwood or ebony.

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Thanks, Andres. I got a bundle of small branches from a gift shop owner 12 years ago. I can't even remember the name of the town. Most of the wood were slightly under a inch, but I was able to make many violin pegs out it. As you mentioned, the bundle of wood was for BBQ steak. Let me know if you find a source. If you want to harvest some, I'll go with you.

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