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Unfortunately, madrone in lumber form is a rare commodity unless you live on the Pacific Coast, where its cost may rival the $4 or more per board foot of walnut. Figured boards may cost four times that. Veneer suppliers normally carry burled madrone at about $2.25 per square foot. Mail-order sources catering to woodturners often carry turning blanks and blocks of madrone burl. If you harvest your own wood for woodworking stock-and live where madrone grows-air-dry this species slowly before any kiln-drying. If you don't, it warps and checks. Once dry, however, madrone becomes one of the stablest of woods. And, if you take the following advice, you shouldn't have any trouble working it.

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