873-17: Special woods. I was asked to make a net for someone using Koa and I was able to find a small supplier that would tell me where each of the trees he harvested had grown and had fallen. The Koa he supplied forms the hoop and handle butt. The maple is from a small saw mill in Iowa. When I first started making nets I went to the mill with my father. Walking across the mill yard, there was a small block of wood covered by mud and grim, the grain just barely showed through. When I bought my lumber I asked about that small board and they replied, just take it. I cut it into small planks and let it dry. When I finally used that wood, I found that it had some of the highest figure and the most iridescent grain that I have ever seem. I think the rest of that log ended up in pallets.
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