After the design was approved, the first order of business was what wood to use. Since I was up in Ft. Bragg, I had access to several really nice sources of lumber and got a hold of some apple wood from chair maker Dan Stalzer. Dan has a lovely workshop and a home in town which he rents out to CR students. That was just about as much as I could lug home and not fill my ride’s trunk. Between the stuff we brought up, the projects and tools, we accumulated over two weeks and the lumber, it barely fit but we got it home.
Back in the Bay Area, I then made a trip to local sawyer Evan Shively for some Western Maple. I had used this kind of maple before which I sourced from this other guy’s yard in Napa. My stack was running a bit low however and I thought it best to restock to have extra.
The Napa supply was long gone but Evan had plenty of slabs and I purchased two 10 foot 8/4 pieces.