Harpsichord-making woods for sale

 

Knot-free Italian cypress (known in Italian as cipresso netto)

 

Price lists, 1 December, 2020:

 

For case sides and soundboards: 

            Plank-sawn first-quality cypress in thin planks 2.15 to 3.0 metres long and 5½ to 6½ mm thick - £277 per square metre

           The case and soundboard cypress is generally sold in complete flitches with planks each 5½ to 6½ mm thick.  I will not break up individual flitches.  The total cost of a flitch has been calculated individually per plank depending on the amount of usable wood in each plank so that the cost reflects wood that is actually suitable for case sides or for soundboards (plank sawn).  The planks in each flitch are sold as successive cuts from the same log and these obviously have matching grain, colour and texture.

     

Thin cypress planks

Please note:

            Each board in a flitch matches the others in colour, grain and texture.  Generally the planks are each about 5½ to 6½mm thick, but those thicker or thinner than this are noted individually.  Most boards are longer than indicated here, but are discounted because of shakes, etc.  The final price of each plank/flitch will be determined when the flitch is re-opened and each plank is examined individually.

      

  No. of Length Width Area per Total Price per Total  
Flitch
Planks
in mm  in mm
plank
area plank
Cost
Comments
N2 8 280 25 0.7 m2 5.6 m2 £277.00 £1,551.20 A flitch of matching boards. One board is only 4mm thick.
N3 6 250 24 0.6 m2 3.6 m2 £277.00 £997.20 3 boards are 8mm thick.  Some wasted wood at one end
not counted in total length.  Nicely figured grain.
N4 5 250 24 0.6 m2 3 m2 £277.00 £831.00 One board is 15mm thick.  Most boards have more than
250 cm length of usable wood which is not being charged here.
N7 5 300 23 0.69 m2 3.45 m2 £277.00 £955.65 Top plank split and has shakes.  Some small knots, but
these add interest, rather than being considered defects.
N8 3 215 22 0.473 m2 1.419 m2 £277.00 £393.06 A mixed flitch with some knots and shakes.  But still
 some good wood with a strong figure.

 

 

Thick cypress planks

For jackrails, registers, keyblocks, etc:  

            First quality cypress in thick planks 1 to 1.5 metres long and 25 mm thick.  This is sold per cubic metre - £33,000 per cubic metre.

   

            There is also a small amount of knotty cypress available 4.2 metres long, 20 - 25 cm wide and 25 mm thick.  This is priced at £15,500 per cubic metre.

Please note:

            This wood is intended for making jackrails, jackrail supports, and the other components of a harpsichord or virginal that are made of solid cypress.

            All measurements in this section are in centimetres unless specified otherwise.

 

Label Length Width Thickness Volume Price Cost Comments
C1b 100 22 2.5 0.0055 m3

£33,911

per m3

£186.51 Nice cypress in a wide plank.
C1c 100 24 2.5 0.0060 m3

£33,911

per m3

£203.46 Nice cypress in a wide plank.
C2b

50

19

2.6

0.00238 m3

£33,911

per m3

£83.76

An outside plank with some bark and unusable wood.

2.5m long, calculated in usable lengths of 1m and .5m

C3b

150

13

2.5

0.0049 m3

£33,911

per m3

£165.32

This plank tapers in width from 11 to 25, with a section

 with bark about 1 metre long (not charged for here).

C4a

100

28

2.5

0.0070 m3

£33,911

per m3

£237.38

Tapers in width from 30 to 24.  All clean beautiful cypress.   

One end is about 22 wide is split and is not charged for.

C4b

100

23

2.5

0.0058 m3

£33,911

per m3

£194.99

Wide plank of beautiful cypress.

C4c

100

22

2.5

0.0055 m3

£33,911

per m3

£186.51

Tapers from 25 to 12.  All clean beautiful cypress.

 

Shipping this wood

            To keep shipping costs to a minimum we will generally NOT crate the wood.  Instead we will protect any exposed edges and corners with sturdy packing cardboard and then wrap the wood in several layers of plastic bubble wrap to protect it sufficiently for transport.  Thus we will use the intrinsic rigidity of the wood itself to provide its own strength and rigidity during shipping.  If you want us to crate the wood for extra protection, then ask and we will provide this at extra cost - and obviously extra courier expense.

 

How to make payment for the wood

 

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