Temporary Closure

Posted on March 23, 2020 by Aleks Micic | 0 Comments

Effective today, March 23, the City of St. Louis has ordered all non-essential businesses to close for 30 days, subject to change, due to the corona-virus.

We will try to fulfill existing orders as soon as we can. Beyond that, we cannot promise.

 We appreciate your support and wish you and your families all the best of health during this difficult time.

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Order policy changes.

Posted on August 21, 2019 by Danny Davies | 0 Comments

Please be advised that a normal shipment may take approximately one to two weeks.

The Fiddleback Tree

Posted on October 05, 2016 by WT Hibdon | 0 Comments

In June of this year, while looking at Mahogany logs on a sawmill yard in southern Mexico, I noticed that a Mahogany log, still tree length, had a piece of the trunk broken off to reveal a very nice fiddleback figure. We bought the tree and moved it to the yard of our main supplier. There we were able to examine the tree more carefully and were overjoyed with what we found. A big Mahogany tree 34 feet long, 24 inches in diameter at the small end and 39 inches at the butt. The tree was cut into five logs, each 6-1/2 feet long. Every log showed the most intense fiddleback I have ever seen in my 50 years in this business. The figure ran all the way to the center of each log. After careful quarter sawing and kiln drying we made 398 back & side sets, 81 neck blanks, and various pieces for binding, etc. We are calling this  "The Fiddleback Tree". Although, not as large as the famous, "The Tree" and showing fiddleback rather than quilted figure, The Fiddleback Tree is every bit as rare and beautiful.

New CITES Information & Policies

Posted on October 01, 2016 by Hibdon Hardwood | 0 Comments

As a result of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting that took place September 24 - October 5, 2016, it is our understanding that beginning January 1, 2017 all Dalbergia species will be listed as CITES II. This means that it will require re-export permits from us and import permits from our customers for any international purchases. This will add significant cost and up to 4 months of delay per shipment. These shipments must be handled appropriately for legal export and legal entry into any county.

For Hibdon Hardwood, Inc., this means that we will no longer be able to sell African Blackwood, Dalbergia melanoxylon to individual, international customers after December 9, 2016.

It is our understanding that Dalbergia species currently CITES unlisted are still legally able to be shipped internationally. The new regulation could be different in your country. Please check with the CITES authority in your country for verification.

More information about CITES regulations can be found at

2015 Kiln Remodel

Posted on May 04, 2015 by Hibdon Hardwood | 0 Comments

As of spring 2015, we are proud to announce that we are in the process of remodeling our dry kilns! Through the use of improved technology, innovative components and good, old-fashioned hard work we have custom-designed and are beginning to construct our new state of the art dry kilns. 

    Included below are photos of our progress; from the initial stages of maintenance and demolition to the our current stage of development. More photos will be added as progress continues.


    Initial Stripping of the Kilns & Re-Insulation

    Ceiling Rehabilitation & Replacement of Exterior Walls

    Installation of  New Coils, Boiler, and Towing Winch

    Finished Kilns & First Load

    Completed Kiln Doors & Controls 

    How to Buy Wood

    Posted on October 23, 2013 by Hibdon Hardwood | 0 Comments


    How to Buy Wood


    The first consideration is the way the wood is cut.  When the wide face of the board is parallel to the annual growth rings the cut is called flat sawn. When the rings are perpendicular to the wide face, it is called quarter sawn.  When the board is somewhere in between, it is called mix grain or bastard cut. The cut is important because the natural tendency of wood is for the annual growth rings to flatten out plus the shrinkage of the wood is greater across the grain (flat sawn) than through the grain(quarter sawn).  For these reasons, builders should normally choose quarter sawn wood for greater stability.

    Along with the type of cut the builder should look carefully for straight grain on both the face and the edge of the wood.  This is easier on quartered pieces because the straight lines in the grain are obvious but with practice it can be done with flat grain.

    After determining the cut and straightness of the board, look carefully at the quartered face of the piece or at the end gain.  Are the lines or growth rings more or less uniform or are there big differences in the size of the rings?  More uniform is more desirable.


    • A - Quarter Sawn(Top View)
    • B - Quarter Sawn(End View)
    • C - Flat Sawn
    • D - Straight Grain(Both Planes)


    Next, examine the piece for defects that would compromise the strength of the piece or its attractiveness.  Obviously, cracks, checks, knots or other structural defects are not acceptable but fungus or mineral stains or spots are only an aesthetic consideration.  Tension wood or fuzzy grain usually caused by a leaning tree is an unacceptable flaw.


    I will always remember my instructor at the hardwood inspector trade school, Mr. Otis Goolsby, telling the class: “Boys, when you are grading wood, don’t look for flaws, look for clear wood that will make the grade”.  This advice, given to me nearly 50 years ago is timeless and applies to much more than grading wood.


    Jerry Hibdon builds his first guitar.

    Posted on August 01, 2013 by Hibdon Hardwood | 0 Comments

    Last Updated: March 19, 2013.

    Jerry has recently enrolled in a class to build a guitar at Midwest Guitar. He is being taught by Master Luthier, Michael Boggeman. We will be updating his status and pictures as the guitar comes along. Due to the large number of photos, we have moved this story HERE!