Harpsichord-making woods for sale

 

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

For case sides and soundboards: 

The case and soundboard cypress is generally sold in complete flitches with planks each 5½ to 6½ mm thick.  I do not want to break up flitches, except for N6 where I am prepared to sell enough wood for one soundboard.  A persuasive argument may make me change my mind and sell a half a fltich, but it really would be wrong to sell the planks in a flitch individually.  The total cost of a flitch will be calculated individually per plank depending on the amount of usable wood in each plank so that the cost reflects wood that is suitable for case sides (plank sawn) or soundboard material (quarter sawn).  These planks in each flitch are sold as successive cuts from the same log and these obviously have matching grain, colour and texture.

Plank-sawn first-quality cypress in thin planks 2.15 to 3.0 metres long and 5½ to 6½ mm thick - £489 per square metre

Quartered first-quality cypress in thin planks 3.0 metres long and 5½ to 6½ mm thick - £532 per square metre

 

 

For jackrails, registers, keyblocks, etc:  

First quality cypress in thick planks 3.4 to 3.5 metres long and 25 mm thick.  This is sold per cubic metre.

 None of the thick cypress planks listed below will be sold as a single plank.  Instead the thick planks will be sold in units that are about 1 to 1½ metres in length - £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.

 

 

Thin cypress planks

Please note:

Generally I would prefer to sell the cypress flitches as a whole flitch and not to break them up and sell each plan individually.  Each board in a flitch matches the others in colour, grain and texture.  This does not apply to the planks in Label N1 where there are already the components of 2 different flitches.  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.  Thin boards sold at half price but still usable for mouldings.  The final price of each plank/flitch will be determined when the flitch is opened and each plank is examined individually.

All measurements are in centimetres unless specified otherwise.

 

Price lists, 1 January, 2017.

 

Label

Quantity

Length

Width

Area

Price

Cost to

customer

Comments

N2

8

280

25

0.7 m2

£489.00

per m2

£342.30

A flitch of matching boards. One board is only 4mm thick.

 

N3

6

250

24

0.6 m2

£489.00

per m2

£293.40

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

£489.00

per m2

£293.40

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

£489.00

per m2

£337.41

Top plank split and has shakes.  Some small knots, but

these add interest rather than being considered defects.

N8

3

215

22

0.47 m2

£489.00

per m2

£229.83

A mixed flitch with some knots and shakes.  But still

 some good wood with a strong figure.

 

 

Thick cypress planks

Please note:

None of the thick cypress planks listed below will be sold as a single plank.  Instead it will be sold in units that are about 1 to 1½ metres in length.

I have to do this so that everyone buying the thin wood above has some wood for making jackrails, jackrail supports, and the other

components that are made of solid cypress.

All measurements are in centimetres unless specified otherwise.

 

Price lists, 1 January, 2017.

 

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 from 30 to 24.  All clean beautiful cypress.  One

end about 22 long 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 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 to provide its own strength during shipping.  If you want us to crate the wood, 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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