So, I was thinking back on some knives I've made over the years and was reminded of the love I had for Ancient Kauri, which I've used on a few knife handles. If you are unfamiliar with this wood, go here: http://www.ancientwood.com/
Failure to do so would be tragic. Watch the videos in particular.
Anyway, I thought to myself, "Self, you should consider Ancient Kauri for field boards on your deck!" I quickly remebered that I paid $25 per board foot for cast off blocks several years ago, and thought I'd check current pricing at the site listed above. The price range is now $40-$100 per board foot based on cut, grain, and figure. So much for that idea...
...but wait! I noticed that they sell veneers! "Ah Ha!" I exclaimed aloud. That would certainly be in my price range! How much could 1/32" veneers cost? $7.50 per square foot. It sounded ok untill I did the math. It would cost well over $400 just for veneers to do the field boards and coverboards adhering to the design I've chosen. Nuts!
Well, I'd still love to see Ancient Kauri on a boat deck, but it won't be mine. Maybe some of you with deeper pockets and nicer boats could justify the expense. There is no more beautiful wood on Earth, and at 40,000-50,000 years old, it is historically significant as well.
I encourage you to learn about Ancient Kauri.