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Craig Altobello has been coming into our shop for some time now. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen some of his work. It isn’t often that you see someone do what he does. His work is being shown in an exhibit at the Conservation Center in Concord, NH. Here is a write up that they did on Craig.
“Even the floorboards aren’t safe from wood artist Craig Altobello’s appraising eye. When he needed to tear up a few white oak boards during a home improvement project, he didn’t see scraps, he saw the right color and grain for creating a leafy branch in one of his works of art using the ancient but little-known craft of marquetry.
The result can be seen in the image of a woodcock that is part of Altobello’s exhibit hanging at the Conservation Center headquarters of the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests until the end of April. The exhibit features nature-inspired works made mostly from native New Hampshire hardwoods like hickory, apple, aspen, maple and black locust.
Altobello, of Peterborough, was a hobby woodworker for decades before getting inspired by marquetry, a wood inlay technique of piecing together thin wood cutouts — only one-sixteenth of an inch thick – into beautiful, multi-shaded images. Each piece of wood’s patterning and color inspires what it might become once a thin slice of it is fitted into a scene, Altobello said.
“A two-by-four is more than a stud – it’s a sky,” he said about one of his creations.
A former science teacher, Altobello said he uses close observations of the natural world, especially the birds, plants, trees and landscapes of New Hampshire, to provide the subject matter of his works. His teaching background also comes through in his enthusiasm for sharing marquetry with others, and his exhibit includes panels explaining the technique step-by-step.
Altobello’s exhibit is open for viewing Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Conservation Center Conference Room, located at 54 Portsmouth St. in Concord. The Conference Room is used for meetings, so please call (603) 224-9945 before visiting to make sure it’s open.”
We just recently brought in about 250 bf of 10/4 Birdseye Maple. It is mixed with hard curly and blister maple. We will be making some bowl blanks out of some of the birdseye. So we will have some 2 1/2 x 10″ x 10″ blanks in stock. This thickness is very hard to come by right now. I don’t expect it to be around for very long. Get it while you can.
Just in … 4/4 Tiger Maple with amazing figure. As well as 8/4 and 12/4 that we sawed and just pulled out of the kiln. Call or email with any questions.
We are now offering planing for boards up to 30″ wide and sanding up to 48″ wide. We have just finished installing a Buss planer and a Beach sander. We will plane small quantities or large quantities of lumber. Just call to get a quote.
208 bf pack of 6/4 Birdseye Maple, Light to Heavy Figure, mix of heart and sap, skim planed 1 or 2 sides. There will be some defects in the boards (wane, knots, checking and/or wormholes ). Pack sold as is, sale is final, and no other discounts apply. $4.50 bf
8/26/13 – On Sale … Note: All packs sold as is. All sales final. Most of the lumber is skim planed, but some is S3S.
130 bf pack of 4/4 Light to Med. Figured Birdseye Maple (mostly sap 1 face) - 4″-8″ width x 7′-12′ length – $3.25bf
128 bf pack of 4/4 Light to Med. Figured Curly Maple (mostly sap 1 face) - 4″ – 10″ width x 8′ – 12′ length – $3.25 bf
Just in – 4/4 Tiger Maple from Pennsylvania. This pack is very heavily figured. Pricing starts at $7.50 bf.
If you want to see some stunning birdseye and curly maple then you must click on the links below. They are custom mandolins made by some people that I’ve had the pleasure to do business with. Max and Lauri Girouard are mandolin builders and have their own shop in Contoocook, NH. They not only know how to make the best sounding mandolins but the best looking as well. Look at what they have been able with some of our maple. Also, read about how they are making quite the name for themselves.
March 8th, 2013
We just received a pack of nicely figured 8/4 Curly Soft Maple (approx. 400 bf ). It is all 1 white face and better in 5″ – 9″ x 9-10′. Pricing runs from $8-$10 bf.
OCT 12, 2012 – We’ve just received a new shipment of 4/4 – 8/4 Paulownia. Lengths up to 12′ ! Great for building surfboards and instruments. It is mostly premium lumber with a lot of vertical grain which is great for making paddles. Please call with any questions. Thanks!