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For those who don't know, I spend half my time away from home on a commercial oceangoing vessel. To help pass some time, and preserve my sanity, I have a scroll saw on board for a hobby. Usually, I scrounge wood from anywhere I can find it, shipping crates, pallets, etc; bring a few pieces of BB ply from home, or if I"m lucky, there is a cabinet shop near my vessel's homeport that gives me their scrap prefinished ply. This ply isn't the best, it does have a few voids, but being prefinished it is great for my needs out here. Unfortunately, we've been on a schedule that has us in this port on weekends for so long, I found myself needing a new wood supplier.

That long winded paragraph is the explaination of why I gave buying scrollsaw wood online. I searched a few forums for any experiences guys had with buying online wood. One forum recomended Heritage, so I checked out there website. The thing that caught my eye was the Scroll-Pak. Its tag line is "Great Value... Plus Variety" Since I usually don't have any particular project in mind, I don't know what I'm going to need for wood, variety is a plus. The description is as follows

Our Scroll-PAK® is an assortment of wood that just didn't quite measure up to the perfect standards of Spec-WOOD® and Scrollsaw Blanks. Pieces can be from 1/8" to 1/2" thick, 2" to 12" wide, and from 6" to 24" in length and may have saw marks on one side. This mixed pack is good for ornaments and other small projects. If you use a lot of a certain type or size let us know and we will try to construct your Scroll-PAK® as close to your needs as possible.

I decided to give them a shot, and ordered their 20 sq foot pack. The guys at Heritage gave me a call and asked what sort of things I was looking for. They put together two great packages of wood and shipped them out nice and quick.

When I received them I was impressed with how well they were packed. The wood was laid out nicely in the box, shrink wrapped and arrived in great shape. The variety was amazing. There were at least 6 different species in each pak, and a wide variety of lengths, widths and thicknesses. Some of the wider pieces are edge jointed out of smaller ones, but the joints are nearly invisible. One of the pieces I have been playing with is Birds Eye Maple, and it's a beautiful glued up piece.

The wood is nicely sanded, and the thicknesses that I've checked so far have been totally uniform. I'm quite happy with the product so far, and even more so with the customer service.

The website has a large amount of other wood products, and I would highly recommend you give them a look. Shipping was fast and reasonable via Fedex ground

The work in progress is a pattern from Steve Good, and is Birds eye Maple and Wenge.
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Nice to know, Doug.
Thanks for posting the link and review.
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Hi Doug,

I bookmarked the link. Thanks.

Looks like a neat project!

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very nice project, Doug.

Do you work 12on / 12off at sea?

I was always amazed at the fact that the ocean looked different every day. I can remember one afternoon of the Philippines, the sea looked like polished copper from ship side to horizon.

But I was young then and easily impressed.......VBG..

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James,

Right now I'm working 65-75 days on, with more or less the same off. I average 10-12 hours a day, 7 days a week while on board. These days, I don't stand watch anymore, (rank has it's perks) it's more or less 12 hrs on and the rest on call (not a perk getting woken up for problems at 2 in the morning). I also have to be on duty for all of the maneuvering operations in port. The Columbia River for example is 10 hours straight, and it's NEVER during daytime!

I understand what you mean, after 23 years of going to sea, there are new things to sea all the time. Sometimes I have to remind myself to look out the window!

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Cool reference Doug - thanks for sharing. I, too; have never purchased wood online - but find the idea intriguing and potentially very helpful for access to particular species that may be unavailable otherwise. Since quality customer service seems to be something of the past it is refreshing to learn of someone who provides this, as well.
This kinda stuff makes this forum a valuable asset to me and many others!

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