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2008 is flying by here in Pennsylvania and despite the hardships being experienced by many, there are some really cool projects underway by many of our customers. I think this reflects on the old adage “There is always a market for good work”. When the economy tightens people are more careful about how they spend their money and tend to opt for things that don’t wear out and are enjoyed over and over. Maybe having friends over to enjoy a good home cooked meal will become more of the “American way of life” instead of hanging out at a shopping mall, driving cars that need their own personal oil fields, living in houses that need intercoms to find family members, and wearing clothes that don't seem to stay in fashion. If this comes to pass maybe we all have enough money to get through these times, the rest of the world makes do with less. This is after all a small planet.

~Rick Hearne

Recent News:

Rick Hearne started off the month with a relaxing vacation in Hawaii (however he did locate some Koa while he was "resting"). Then it was a short stop at home before he was on the road again in search of European lumber.

After completing the days' business in Bulgaria, his friend Svilen took Rick for a walk into the Balkan Mountains. After a three-mile hike, they paid their respects to the world's largest standing wild pear tree. (See right hand photo)

 The last leg of his trip was a short stay in Germany. It turned out to be a huge success- Rick found a sensational Persian Walnut Burl log!! To celebrate he enjoyed an evening of wine and music.


~If you would like to view photos from Rick's recent journey- click here!

giant pear tree

Internet Store: Small Orders of Lumber

Even though we have a $300 minimum order for phone orders, we understand that you don't always need $300 worth of material or maybe you are interested in a small burl- Often overlooked is our solution...our Internet Store! There is never a minimum to purchase something on our Internet Store. Individual boards, hobbyist lumber bundles, and individual burls/ turning stock are always available. We work hard to give you the best description, specific dimensions, pictures, and exact pricing. We have two employees that work everyday to pull your online orders and add fresh material to the "store". Similar to larger orders we still advise customers, it usually takes 3-5 business days to pull your order.

If you have not yet visited our Internet Store- please visit us soon! You can select the category you are most interested in from the dropdown in our banner (located under "Internet Store") on every page. Once in the store, if you prefer, you can also sort by a specific species.

~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].

cherry lumber bundle

Lumber Bundles are available on the Internet Store in a variety of sizes and species. UPS Ground shipping is already included in the price of our lumber bundles. Pictured above is a sample photo for 15 bf of figured cherry.

Newsletter Special of the Month: Pippy Oak Hardwood

Back by Popular Demand!! We had such a great response to this offer and still have quite a bit of stock left we are going to run this sale again to our faithful newsletter subscribers only!

English Pippy Oak has beautiful soft brown heartwood with wild grain and swirling burl patterns throughout. It is an excellent choice for hardwood flooring, cabinetry, furniture, or any place that you would like to add a bit of "interest". 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- during the month of July 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.**

pippy oak flooring

Featured Wood: Macassar Ebony

Your temperature will surly rise with July's featured wood- Macassar Ebony, Diospyros celebica. Bold and beautiful, it grows primarily in South East Asia/ Indonesia. This extremely hard species is sometimes referred to as Indian Ebony or Calamander Wood. Macassar Ebony is most commonly used in the making of fine furniture, guitar building, woodturning, cabinetry, and veneer but it is an excellent choice for any refined project.

Stunning and easily recognizable with its vibrant brown, black, gold, or orange stripes, Macassar ebony is heavy and dense like it's "Gabon cousin". Normal widths range from 2- 6 inches and lengths consistently run 3- 10 feet. (However currently in stock we have some rare 8- 14 feet long material!) If you would like more information or to place an order please call (888)~814~0007 or email us at [email protected].

**Please note- we also currently have in stock a small amount of "Royal Ebony Veneer"- also known as "White Macassar Ebony Veneer". We had a few hundred square feet on our Internet Store awhile back- it didn't last long!! We have been searching for more ever since and are happy to say IT'S BACK and AVAILABLE!!!**

~Click here to view more example photos of Macassar Ebony

picture of Macassar  Ebony

Announcements: Containers of New Specialty Items

This past month our "unloading" dock has been a busy place! We have received several of our much-anticipated containers from overseas. A few were from Australia, bringing in awesome burls in all shapes (including Red Morrel, York Gum, Horistes, Rib Fruited Mallee, and a few others new to our facility), more natural table bases, turning stock, and several bins of Banksia Nuts. Two containers from Great Britain brought in enormous burly Wych Elm logs- two of them are so large we are stilling figuring out how we are going to cut them!

All of this material is brand new and most has not even been catalogued yet- Click here for a sneak peak at our new stock. If you would like more information or to discuss prices on any of these items please give us a call (888)~814~0007 or email us at [email protected].

Also worth noting... we expect to receive our shipment of Tasmanian Blackwood and Rose Myrtle the first week of July- we will begin cutting as soon as possible. If you would like to call ahead and reserve some of this material give us a ring at (888)~814~0007 and ask to speak to Brian or email him at [email protected]. Do hurry- these stock items sell fast!


***Click Here to View-OUR SNEAK PEAK PHOTO GALLERY!!***

new table base


wych elm log

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.

~Hearne Hardwoods will be closed Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th, 2008. We wish you a happy and safe Independence Day!