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TRAVELING MAN: a whirlwind tour
What a whirlwind of a tour, two months and six countries. Yes there is plenty of Plantation Teak out there in Central & South America. It was the typical lumbermans adventure. Why I was even kidnapped by a Chinese guy who really wanted me to buy his lumber. Que pasa ! I am not really complaining mind you. I got fed some very outrageously good Chinese food and chauffeured about, rather wildly in a Mercedes to many places I had never been. The love relationship did end though when I fell into that stream while in search of that elusive stand of grand daddy teak trees. Hey now, Iím no woos! Iíve trekked through many a river and stream. Let me explain a little to those of you that have never gone to a third world country in search ofÖ.well anything. It seems as though everyone there has or knows where to get what you want.
The first rule of thumb in the lumber business is; if they want to show you trees, they probably canít , more than likely donít know how to, and assuredly need your money to turn them into the lumber that you want. Oh yeah! There is a distinct possibility that they do not own those trees anyway.
The second rule is; if they want to show you their saw mill and how well they saw the lumber, well you got a bite. Donít get too excited yet. Even if that part is true they may or may not have the type of lumber your looking for. And if they do they very possibly might want to charge you more for that lumber than you can sell it for anyway. Thatís because they know how to fish too. Thirdly; keep an open mind! You may be looking for a tree and miss the whole forest. So donít forget to enjoy the adventure and misadventures of life. You never know when someone may forget to yell, TIMBERRRR and you get crushed by a falling tree.
Yes I did get a couple containers of teak and more is on the way. Also I was fortunate to acquire a small amount of "Black Maya" a beautiful beige colored wood with pronounced black stripes. We sent a sample to the lab to be identified. Most magical spot: Tabacon Hot Springs Resort at the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica.
Read: IN SEARCH OF TEAK for more about the lumber