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Yesterday I saw my year’s first robin. This has been a long winter and I am ready for spring. I look forward to the rejuvenation of life all around, flowers, leaves, birds and animals. Part of the beauty of woodwork is that wood is a renewable resource if managed responsibly. A well-managed woodlot not only sustains lumber production but also nurtures wildlife and our environment. Be careful and respectful of these resources; do not take them for granted. We need to be able to pass our love for woodworking onto our children and grandchildren.

~Rick Hearne

Recent News:

Rick Hearne had an exciting trip to Oregon last month; He purchased five beautiful Quilted Maple logs; found a source for reclaimed timbers, which we hope to stock in the near future; and bought several enormous Big Leaf Maple burls.

The Big Leaf Maple burls have 5-6 foot diameters and weigh up to 9,000 pounds! One of these burls is of particular interest to us at Hearne Hardwoods- a 17-foot long cluster burl is destined to be the spiral staircase in our new office building.

~Please click here if you would like to view some of the material Rick purchased during his trip to Oregon.

rick with big leaf maple burl

Internet Store: Guitar Sets, Double Bass Sets, Violin Tops

Brian Hearne spent a good part of last month adding some extraordinary tone woods to our Internet Store. Here are just a few that we are sure will excite the luthiers; 90 sets of Italian Red Alpine Spruce Master Grade Guitar Sets (one of the finest guitar top woods in the world), Master Grade Spruce and Fiddle Back English Sycamore Arch top Guitar Sets, and 2 Double Bass Full Sets of Spruce and Fiddle Back English Sycamore (this material is very rare).    

More pictures and information is available on our Internet Store: Guitar /Luthier Wood- please click here. If you have additional questions please call (888) 814 ~007 and ask for Brian, or email him at [email protected]

Coming soon... Tasmanian Blackwood, Bubinga, and Koa solid body guitar sets.


~We strive to make your online shopping experience as easy as possible. Please email us with any suggestions that you may have to improve our site and/or with any items that you would like to see featured for sale. Contact us at [email protected].

bass picture

Double Bass Master Grade-Fiddle Back European Maple Guitar Set with Italian Red Spruce Top

Newsletter Special of the Month:

Pippy Oak Hardwood- Due to the positive response we had last month to our Pippy Oak flooring special we thought we would offer the hardwoods to go with it.

English Pippy Oak has beautiful soft brown heartwood with wild grain and swirling burl patterns throughout. Average material runs 6-10 feet long by 4-8 inches wide; although it can be found 5-12 feet long and 3-15 inches wide. We sell our Pippy Oak material in random widths and lengths. Random width and length 4/4 material is normally priced at $14 a board foot- this month newsletter subscribers can purchase it for $10 a board foot. For more information or to place an order please contact our European Hardwoods Manager, Ed King at (888) 814 ~0007 or email him at [email protected].

**Newsletter Specials are for Newsletter subscribers only. Please mention this offer when inquiring about our products or placing an order.**

example of Pippy Oak

Featured Wood: Sapele

Sapele, Entandrophragma cylindricum, once considered a more refined member of the mahogany family, it is now the industry standard for doors, windows and moldings due to the restrictions on its South American "cousin". It is used for both veneer and lumber and is highly prized when figured. Sapele is also used for fine furniture, architectural millwork, counter tops, flooring, outdoor construction and even tone wood.

This African lumber has a gorgeous reddish brown heartwood. It has a peaceful nature and medium texture. The trees can be huge, 4’ diameter logs are not uncommon. Normal material is 4-15" wide with 8-16 foot lengths. If you would like more information or to place an order please call (888) 814 ~0007 or email us at [email protected].

During the past month we have cataloged three new Sapele flitches, with figured ranging from medium to instrument grade- they can be found in our Flitch & Log Set Inventory or to simplify your search visit our Flitch "Most Recent" category. Smaller pieces can be found for sale on our Internet Store.

sapele example photo

Example of Sapele ~Click Here to See More!

Announcements: New Arrival

This week we received a 40 ft container of 4/4, 5/4, 8/4 Quarter Sawn/ Rift Cut English Brown Oak lumber. Ed King, our European Sales Manager, was very happy with the material- he reports that it has nice brown color, with good average widths and lengths. Please contact Ed for more information or to place an order- (888) 814 ~0007 or [email protected].


~Click here to view more sample photos of English Brown Oak

english brown oak sample picture

Business Hours:

Normal Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday 8am-4pm. Walk-ins are always welcome.  Please call ahead if there are specific slabs you are interested in seeing.  We look forward to your visit.