Bracewood is becoming harder to get as wood in general becomes scarcer. Mills are attempting to get the highest yields possible from their logs and/or billets meaning that there is less fall down from which to create bracewood. As a result the quality of bracewood suffers – it won’t be perfectly quartersawn, the grain may not be straight the full length of the piece, there may be small defects and the grain could be wider than one is accustomed to. This is an industry wide phenomenon and is outside of our control.
That being said, LMI strives to obtain the best brace stock available. You can save money by buying 2nd grade material and working around the defects. Bracewood might be downgraded for any one or more of the following reasons: small knots, wide grain, slightly off quarter, pitch pockets. When buying second grade, consider purchasing one extra piece so there is no danger of running short due to working around defects.
Also see our Brace Sander.