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Sometimes in our lives we have to deal with the darker aspects of living. This month has been one of pain for us here at Hearne Hardwoods. First we buried my older sister and only sibling Mimi Barringer who passed away after a short battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Allen and her four children, John Paul, Libby, Laura and Juliana. Then we lost Brain’s old friend and fishing buddy, Jeff Thomas who died in a motorcycle accident. Last night my son Chris' best friend, Joe Black passed away from post surgical complications. It doesn’t do any good to question why these things happen; from the moment we are born we know we will die, we just don’t know when. We did have the gift of their love for a period that seems to short. What we sometimes realize too late is that we have wasted some precious moments; life is too short for this. Mimi, Jeff, and Joe, the world is now a little lonelier, we miss you. Our prayers are with the Barringer, Thomas, and Black families.

~Rick Hearne

Recent News:

Rick Hearne made a few notable shopping stops during the month of October. In Bulgaria, he purchased some abnormally large Persian Walnut logs, some of which he had been searching for particular dimensions for about three years. He also acquired some Plum wood.

Rick than took a slight detour to Austria to attend a rare auto auction. Unfortunately for Rick the Ferrari that he had his eye on was a few hundred thousand dollars out of his price range... and may I add fortunately for our new office building! For the antique car enthusiast I included a few pictures in the photo gallery.

In Italy he bought some beautiful Alpine Red Spruce and English Sycamore- Perfect for guitar tops; flat top guitars, arch top guitars, and two full double bass sets.

For more pictures of Alpine Red Spruce, English Sycamore, Persian Walnut logs, and rare automobiles please click here- "Recent News Photo Gallery".

alpine red spruce

Instrument Grade English Sycamore

Internet Store: Veneer

Although we are primarily a hardwood dealer we do stock a select few exotic veneers; a few of which are so rare, we do not/ cannot carry them in solids. We normally carry 8 to 15 different species. Our menu varies, but at any given time we might have Koa, Quilted Bubinga, Maccassar Ebony, English Brown Oak, Tiger Maple, Rosewood Burl, French Walnut, Swiss Pear, etc.

All of our veneer is extremely fragile- normal thickness is .5 mm. It is sold by the full slice and priced by the slice. We do offer wholesale discounts on full and half veneer sets.

Most of the veneer that we stock can be viewed on our Internet Store- Veneer. To place an order over the phone, or for more information, please call (888)- 814- 0007 and ask for our Veneer Manager, Lee Hearne or by email at [email protected].

As always we continue to strive to make your online shopping experience as easy as possible. Please email us with any suggestions that you may have to improve the Internet Store and/or with any items that you would like to see featured for sale.  Contact us at [email protected].

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~White Maccassar Ebony Veneer

Newsletter Special of the Month:

5/4 Heavy Figured Tiger Maple:

A fantastic opportunity for the woodworker looking to make panels, jewelry boxes, or any project using two-foot pieces: Several of our heavy figured 5/4 Tiger Maple flitches were dried improperly- the drying sticks created stains about every two feet, otherwise known as sticker shadow. This lumber is normally sold around $15 a board foot; we are selling it to our newsletter subscribers during the month of November for $3 a board foot!

The material is 5/4 (1.25) inches thick, 8"-20" inches wide, and 8'-12' feet long. It is in flitch form, so the boards have a natural edge. The stain can be planed out of some slabs; others will need to be cut, yielding two-foot increments. All material is sold as is and we are requiring a 100 board foot minimum order. If you have any questions concerning quality please give us a call (888) 814 -0007.

~To view more example photos of our Tiger Maple special boards- please click here.



4/4. 5/4, 8/4 Common Butternut:

Our second newsletter special for November is Common Butternut also known as Character Grade Butternut. The lumber contains knots, checks, wormholes, and mineral streaks making it perfect for a one of kind rustic looking project.

Normal specs on our Common Butternut are 3"-8" inches wide and 4'-10' feet long. Minimum order for this special is 200 board feet.

4/4 - $1.75 a board foot

5/4 - $1.85 a board foot

8/4 - $2.00 a board foot


~As always our newsletter specials are for newsletter subscribers only. Please mention this offer when placing your order or seeking more information. (888) 814-0007 or by email at [email protected]

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example of butternut special

Featured Wood: 4/4 Curly Hard Maple

November's Featured wood is 4/4 Curly Hard Maple. We are excited to make this our wood of the month partially because it is a new stock item but also because it is absolutely beautiful.

At the moment, we have in inventory just over 2000 board feet. The "curl" figure can range from medium to heavy. Normal dimensions are 4"- 10" inches wide and 7'- 8' feet long. Material that is white on 1 face or 2 is available.

For more information or to place an order please call (888) 814-0007 and ask for our Maple Sales Manager, Chris Tankalavage or by email at [email protected].

To view more examples of 4/4 Curly Hard Maple- click here.

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~Curly Hard Maple Gallery

Announcements: Amazing Quilted Bubinga Slabs!

Last week we received our shipment of Quilted Bubinga slabs and could not wait to share the pictures with you. The "quilt" in these boards is sure to blow you away!

The slabs are an impressive 20"- 54" inches wide and run 12'-13' feet long! Most of the material is 10/4 (2.5 inches) thick.

For more information or to place an order please call (888) 814- 0007 or email us at [email protected]. If you are seriously considering these slabs, don't wait long- they won't last!

To view more of our New Bubinga Slabs- click here.

quilted bubinga slab

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.

We will be closed on Thursday, November 22, 2007. Everyone at Hearne Hardwoods would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!