Mike, sorry I can't help you with the wood. But, to see the brick making machine would be most interesting !!
Thanks! yes it is hard maple. The dealers around here (New Orleans area) are out of this, so I might get one so ship it here.Here are a couple of places around Dallas, Texas but that would probably be a little far to drive to get small quantities, especially with fuel prices what they are right now.
I think it would probably be worth spending some time on the internet looking for local dealers that carry lumber. I'm sure you will probably find some suppliers that you did not know existed.
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This is one of only about three or four brick making facilities that does it like they did it in the 1800's. The material is placed in wooden molds (hard maple) and pressed by the brick machine. It goes into a kiln and is fired for about a week. The temperature creates the color.Mike, sorry I can't help you with the wood. But, to see the brick making machine would be most interesting !!