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    I have a customer who wants a large, 4" wide, real wormwood frame. Wormwood was popular back in the 40s through the 60s. It usually looked like white oak that had been seriously attacked by worms, and it had been. I havn't seen this moulding available in years. Do any of you know where I can get some? Even just lumber would be fine.

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    John as I remember it, the wood was American Chestnut. As I recall the trees were attacked by a boring insect (not that they <u>never</u> had anything interesting to say ) that did the trees in. The lumber was harvested and run into picture moulding. You're right about the grain pattern. It looked and finished similar to oak.

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    Ivy Industries has Chestnut moulding made from old factory beams. The widest is about 1 1/2" wide.
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    John,
    I just ran a search on google for "wormy chestnut lumber" and got a few sites that have it in dimensional lumber.
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    If you just want dimensional lumber, www.woodonline.com is a great source for any kind of wood species. They also have links to some of the folks who sell the reclaimed stuff. There are a lot of mills, here in the South, that are recovering logs from rivers where they sank on the way to the mills many years ago. They dry them out, mill them into lumber, and sell some beautiful stuff. You still can get some 12-14" boards this way.
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    Thanks everyone, With your help, it looks like I am going to pull this order off. I could not remember the type of wood it was untill Curly named it. I checked the web sites y'all provided for me and I am now waiting for samples from several companies.

    John
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    Don't knwo the color you're looking for but check out the new Roma catalogue or go online. they have some gorgeous wormy looking wood in various sizes and colors.
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    Michael, thanks for the tip, my customer wants the real thing. I showed him some simulated mouldings and he said no way. He is actually trying to duplicate a frame that was on this painting many years ago. His father had the painting re-framed back in the sixties and my customer hates the frame. He doesn't mind spending the money if he can get what he wants. I can run the moulding, all I need is the wood.

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