Mahogany and Teak run Latin America Winter 2005
This is our third or fourth lumber grading trip this year.
Yes that is true, we still go and personally inspect the shipments.
This was an exceptional run traversing several Latin countries, many
a bad road and good bars. Bars, well of course that is where business
is negotiated and many bocas are eaten.
One very memorable night after returning from a nine hour grueling road
trip, and I mean grueling, no espresso, no food and not even stopping
on either of the four plus hour dusty legs. I quickly showered and hit
Wow! A Harley Davidson extravaganza outside my hotel. There was TV news
coverage for this charitable event I later learned from my associates
as they pointed me out on the TV howling while astride a motorcycle
with a local model clenching me tightly.
It is really amazing the things you have to do to make a good impression
in the lumber business. Well it was really all for charity anyway.
My standing joke for the trip “sleep police”. You cannot
get more than two hours of sleep without the sleep police pounding on
Oh Yea the lumber was great!
Excellent Mahogany from managed forests.
We also saw one of the best Teak plantations ever. Perfect trees about
fifteen years old, tall, straight and no lower branches. They averaged
about 400 board foot a tree with I am sure near forty percent clear
lumber. This plantation will harvest in another five years. Patience
is the key.