I admit to my many sins and likes (like cars) I include wood and special wood with unique grain and scent as one of them--yes, I am a wood nut.
I stopped by a local wood veneer shop today on my way home from work and found a little bit of heaven. The place is Certainly Wood in East Aurora NY (https://www.certainlywood.com ). I spoke with Greg Engle there, he was extremely helpful and patient. I was looking for walnut burl so he took me out to the warehouse where they had stacks and stacks of every veneer you could imagine. He showed me some very fine dark walnut that was exactly what I was looking for. I asked if he had any lighter, redder woods and he showed me a more blonde burl (elm I think) and then an extremely attractive, fragrant camphor sheet with a red tint and very deep looking burls-almost 3-D. He said they import it from Vietnam. It was only 23 inches long max though, where the walnut sheet was 4', so I will have to splice in the middle (book match).
Rather than make the decision on the spot, I got both . If I want, I can make two different dashes by making another set of dash back pieces and see how they both turn out and then decide.
Greg's father had a TR-3 so he was very interested in taking about the project and wants to see the result of my efforts. He said he also supplies veneer to a guy in Ohio that he uses it for LBC wood dashes (I've seen comments on MG-T series and Triumph sites). He gave me the contact info: its The Whitworth Shop, Craig Seabrook in Novelty Ohio. He doesn't seem to have a website, but all the posts I've seen about his work on various sites are positive. Given the materials from here, he has a good source.
This is going to be fun!
One sheet of the walnut will do the dash
The grain on the walnut is fantastic, that is a sight to behold
The grain on the camphor is amazing!
Comparing the camphor to the walnut you can see the red tinge to it