[Wanted] Where to buy Manzanita wood in Cape town

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    Hello,

    I am looking for some Manzanita wood, something like this:
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    Do you know of any plance in Cape Town that would have it?
     
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    I would also like to know ( fantastic pieces in the pictures )

    Regards
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    Dude if you don't know, and you are from Cape Town, then no luck for me.. :)
     
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    yeah, i havent seen anything like that either..
     
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    Wouldn't the people that sell firewood have some like this? Will ask around Elsies.. :) Will take a pic and show it to the street guys, see what comes up.
     
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    "Manzanita wood (Arctostaphylos manzanita) grows from Southern California up to Washington State. It is a smaller shrub growing up to 20 feet with twisting branches. The wood is a deep red color with yellow tones. Since the burls usually grow on the roots the wood, it often has interesting imbedded stones and voids. Manzanita is used mostly as a decorative accent, in turnings or for animal perches."

    From http://www.nwfinewoodworking.com/wood_t ... zanita.htm


    Your really think you will get it in CT? Maybe rooikrans branches that have been washed down a river? Not sure you will be allowed to take it back the the UK if that was the plan.
     
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    Most stuff can be brought back under the guise of artifacts or souvenirs. :)

    There has to be hardwoods with twisting branches. There is a most amazing redwood that you use for barbecues, that tree has to have branches and roots. And it is really hard wood, makes fantastic coal.

    Do you know the name of the wood I am taking about? It is deep red and comes usually cut in quarter logs.
     
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    probably rooikrans - rooi is red...
     
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    My money is on Kameeldoring, but that is from Namibia.

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    Called my inlaw.. :)

    Roikrans it is..
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    I wonder if the tree is poisonous.
     
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    well im sure that if its poisonous it wouldn be used as fire wood? too dangerous? so im sure its fine? maybe bring ur testing kits :p
     
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    Good point mate.. :)

    Will buy a couple of guppies and put it on a tank with the wood.. soon will see.
     
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    kamikaze guppies:p
     
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    I couldn't find any Manzanita in SA, you'll have to get from the states. Otherwise Mopani root comes in a distant second if you spend enough time rinsing it out
     
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    Thanks.. I also wonder if wine farms would sell their wood after pruning? Would wine branches be suitable for a tank?
     
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    i have heard of ppl using wine branches.. or was it their roots.. anyways, usually if they have it lying around just b4 they getting rid of it, they will gladly give it to u for free if u ask nicely:p
     
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    Thanks. I wil check it out. I found that a family friend collects driftwood and wine branches, so I will ask him for some advice as well.

    I got some manzanita now in the UK, a box sent by Tom Barr from Canada.

    Got another family friend that is into mountain walks, he says that he will sort me out with rocks to take with me.

    Thats the good thing about South Africa, people are willing to help out. :)
     

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