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Does anyone know of a source for Japanese Oak? I can't find anything available for sale in the US. I am just trying to find a few small pieces for a project.
 

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japanese oak

I would even take something not in the US that sells smaller pieces but will ship to the US. Thanks for the reply I will check it out.
 

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Forgive my ignorance but....why Japanese oak? I have heard that they make drums from it sometimes but as near as I know it's oak same as the rest. Buy American is my first thought..,:laughing: but I'm sure there is a reason you're looking so hard. I'm just trying to educate myself.
 

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It is for multiple reasons. One is kind of a play on differences between a friend and I. We both play chess and I am looking to make a set of pieces as a gift. We also like to drink Whisky. He is Japanese and prefers Japanese Whisky. One of the main components that differentiates Japanese Whiskies is a type of barrel called Mizunara(I.e. Japanese Oak). It is a play on two common interests.
 

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Check with Amazon Exotic Hardwoods
 

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No dice. I disnt see any Oak in there. Thanks for trying though!!

I did find some on ebay(UK) but they only ship in the UK. If anyone is interested in working out some deal to acquire that let me know and I am sure we could figure out how to make it work.
 

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This is just wild shot in the dark but what if you buy something made from it and cut it up? I know it isnt the preferred method but I am pretty sure I have seen small stuff made out of it (small end tables and such). Id bet that by the time you factor in shipping and stuff you would come out similarly in
 

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"Japanese oak" is not a specific wood, it is a generic term used for well over a DOZEN different woods, not all having the same characteristics, so be careful what you ask for. At least that's better than in the US where "oak" means any of HUNDREDS of species, many having significantly different characteristics.
 

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My apologies ... I think that should be Q. crispula, not Q. mongolica.

The Whisky Science blog asserts that crispula was thought to be a subspecies/variant of mongolica:

Japanese oak (Q.crispula) has a unique sweet and spicy flavour profile probably due to different oak lactone isomer ratio. Q.crispula was earlier believed to be a variation of Q.mongolica, but is now recognized as an individual species.


But some Japanese scientists refer to:

Quercus mongolica var. grosseserrata
as mizunara oak.

It isn't getting easier, is it?
 

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Learn something new every day. I have always read it being Quercus Mongolica.

I thought of tearing something apart, but I really hate to do that. I think I might have luck in finding someone in the UK who might help me out.

I wonder that the differences wont matter but I like thinking it is very authentic and putting some effort into tracking it down makes me feel like the present will really be special.
 

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This is a long shot, but ...

Can you imagine your friend's delight if you make the chessmen from wood that came from an actual Suntory barrel?

I know it's possible to get pen blanks from Jack Daniels, The Macallan, and several other whiskies. Maybe the US importer would be able to track some down.
 

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It is for multiple reasons. One is kind of a play on differences between a friend and I. We both play chess and I am looking to make a set of pieces as a gift. We also like to drink Whisky. He is Japanese and prefers Japanese Whisky. One of the main components that differentiates Japanese Whiskies is a type of barrel called Mizunara(I.e. Japanese Oak). It is a play on two common interests.
So one half of the set out of Japanese Mizunara oak , and the other half out of American Bourbon white oak is it ? :thumbsup:
 
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