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    Acacia?

    I have a customer who wants something made from the wood "referenced" as acacia. I did a search and there are a lot of trees that are in the acacia family.

    We do not have anything here in my neck of the woods called acacia, so....anyone know where I can find a source for a block of acacia (dried) that is about 6 inches square and 12 inches long?

    I contacted our local wood specialty shop

    http://www.theworkbench.com/

    and they are unable to help me out......anybody here know what I can do?
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    wikipedia my friend....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acacia

    Acacia is a genus of shrubs and trees belonging to the subfamily Mimosoideae of the family Fabaceae, first described in Africa by the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus in 1773.

    Acacias are also known as thorntrees or wattles, including the yellow-fever acacia and umbrella acacias.

    There are roughly 1300 species of Acacia worldwide, about 960 of them native to Australia, with the remainder spread around the tropical to warm-temperate regions of both hemispheres, including Africa, southern Asia, and the Americas.


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    Most acacia species are used for valuable timber; such are Acacia melanoxylon (Blackwood) from Australia, which attains a great size; its wood is used for furniture, and takes a high polish; and Acacia omalophylla (Myall Wood, also Australian), which yields a fragrant timber, used for ornamental purposes. Acacia seyal is thought to be the Shittah-tree of the Bible, which supplied shittim-wood. According to the Book of Exodus, this was used in the construction of the Ark of the Covenant. Acacia koa from the Hawaiian Islands and Acacia heterophylla from Réunion island are both excellent timber trees.


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    i would try searching for trees with names other then "acacia" in the species family, example australian blackwood

    http://www.westpennhardwoods.com/sho...ategory_id=277
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    Thanks Mike, that is pretty much the same thing I found and then when I called Johnsons the lady must have found the same source of information we did and she read it to me......then said she couldn't get any of that wood.

    The Acacia I am looking for does have a "ancient" use attached to it but I stopped short of calling it a "Bible reference".

    I just don't know which type of acacia I need, probably any acacia would do, but more importantly where to get it.
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    I made an Acacia pen for one of our outgoing Masters. I got the wood in a trade with someone from Australia. That piece was black. Later, I got more from the same person but it was almost white. I think I still have a couple blanks. Will take a look later. Remind me if I don't get back to you later today.

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    black one steve

    i would suggest that you are going after your avatar uses and if so then the ark brand is probally the one. sometimes rockler has access to the exotics more so than johnsons.. possibly wood craft as well.
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    "...ark brand..."????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    "...ark brand..."????
    Acacia seyal is thought to be the Shittah-tree of the Bible, which supplied shittim-wood. According to the Book of Exodus, this was used in the construction of the Ark of the Covenant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    Acacia seyal is thought to be the Shittah-tree of the Bible, which supplied shittim-wood. According to the Book of Exodus, this was used in the construction of the Ark of the Covenant.
    OK, thanks. Interesting, I thought it might be an Arkansas reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    i would suggest that you are going after your avatar uses and if so then the ark brand is probally the one. sometimes rockler has access to the exotics more so than johnsons.. possibly wood craft as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    Acacia seyal is thought to be the Shittah-tree of the Bible, which supplied shittim-wood. According to the Book of Exodus, this was used in the construction of the Ark of the Covenant.
    OK Larry, fess up. Who really wrote the second response?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    OK Larry, fess up. Who really wrote the second response?
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