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One of the blessing of our work here at Hearne Hardwoods is we get to "chase" one of a kind logs. This past month I traveled to South Africa where I was gracefully hosted by Barry James, a conservationist who owns a small exotic lumber business. Barry does a lot of conservation work for private and public game preserves and there by has access to some rare trees that have been pushed over by elephants, tamboti and pink ivory among others. I was fortunate enough to accompany Barry on a trip up to Zululand to witness this phenomenon. If a person were to take a chainsaw to one of these trees it would seem sacrilegious but cleaning up after elephants feels right. Seeing an elephant in a zoo is one thing but to see and feel one plowing through the bush is quite another. Every so often they feel compelled to push something over, it is what they do, step, step, step, and push, step, step, step, and push, repeated over and over all day long. A mature bull elephant can push over a remarkably big tree. We have sawn a few of these beautiful pieces and look forward to doing more. Thank you Barry for sharing this with us.

~Rick Hearne

Recent News:

Rick Hearne had a highly successful and enjoyable trip to South Africa last month. During the first part of his stay he traveled to Zululand, located in Northeast South Africa. There he visited game preserves with his Guide and Tree Conversationalist, Barry James.

Within the game preserves elephants wonder off the "trails", in the practice of making their own way, and ultimately push over trees. Barry James carefully examines those trees and if they pass inspection, he approves them to be sold. Rick was lucky enough to be a spectator to this process and purchased several elephant trampled
Pink Ivory (Rhamnus zeyheri) and Tamboti (Spirostachys africana) trees.

~Click Here to View Photos Rick took While in the Zululand Game Preserve

elephant off the trail

Internet Store: New SKU #s: TG0408- TG0448

Over the past month, Tom Glackin, our Internet Store Manager, has added many new items to our site. In an effort to help our loyal Internet Store shoppers he thought it might benefit you to know the SKU#s of recently added products. Item #s TG0408 through TG0448 were added during the month of May.

Some of these include:


~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].

Bubinga Slab on Internet Store

~TG0408 Bubinga Slab

Newsletter Special of the Month: Air Dried Black Walnut Slabs

For the month of June, we are running a special on a huge collection of Air Dried Rustic Black Walnut Slabs. We have been so busy drying other material that our Black Walnut stock has backed up a bit. Our dilemma is your gain! Mention this offer and your price is $8 a board foot.

Some individual slabs are available for sale. Planks that are part of a boule or a flitch will need to be purchased as a whole set. Boards are rustic quality meaning they will contain knots, checks, etc. All of this material has been air-drying for 2-3 years and has a moisture content between 10-12%. Planks will need to be purchased as is; we do not have the time available to finish kiln drying. Dimensions for this material are 6/4 & 8/4, 12-30 inches wide, 6-12 feet long.

~Click Here to See Sample Pictures of Our Air Dried Black Walnut Slabs. If you would like additional information please call (888)-814-0007 and ask for Ed King or Morgan Buchanan- or email: [email protected]; [email protected].

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

air-dried black walnut slab

~Sample Picture of Our Air Dried Black Walnut Slabs - Click Here to See More!

Featured Wood: Pink Ivory

One of the reason's for Rick's recent trip to Africa was to replenish our Pink Ivory void.

Pink Ivory, Rhamnus zeyheri, is found solely in Africa and as expected it has lovely pink heartwood. The sap tends to be a light golden color, although we have seen it almost as light as white and almost as dark as cinnamon. The wood is normally very difficult to locate and it is usually sold in small dimensions. It should also be noted that Pink Ivory is a dense tight-grained species that is often full of checks and knots. Nonetheless, it is one of the world's most expensive woods and it is usually sold by the pound (or kilo). The most common uses for Pink Ivory, sometimes referred to as Red Ivorywood, are small high-end projects including; inlay work, box making, veneer, wood turning and accents.

Currently, we have in stock, two large chunks of Pink Ivory- approximate dimensions are: 4 in x 10 in wide x 34 in long & 3 in x 11 in wide x 33 in long. For more information please give us a call at (888)-814-0007 or send us an email to [email protected]. In the upcoming months we will be receiving the logs that Rick purchased in South Africa...we will post more information when that material arrives.

chunk of pink ivory

~Pink Ivory- Click Here to Enlarge Picture

Announcements: Wych Elm Logs

As promised an update on our new English Wych Elm logs: Brian has returned from England and the arrangements have been made for shipping these giants across the Atlantic. We expect to receive this material by the end of June. Within these containers are logs from Estates and Castles across Great Britain; some are smaller in diameter- perfect for any number of projects, most are "jumbos"- large enough for single piece tabletops.

~If you would like more information on any of this material please call (888)~814-0007 and ask for Brian Hearne, or you can email him at [email protected].

~Click Here to View Our New English Wych Elm Log Pictures

Burly Wych Elm Log

~Wych Elm Log Gallery

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 on Saturday July 4th, 2009. Happy Independence Day!