Thanks for the kind words.
You know... I admit to being hesitant about ordering wood and shipping it from Australia (where George is) to the US (where I am). But while the shipping is higher, but it's not that much higher when taken in the context of a larger order, say north of $50 for example. The delivery time was only an extra couple of days longer than what I experience with eBay. And then you consider how much money you spend on equipment and other supplies... the extra fifty cents shipping on a burl is probably not where I'd find an fifty cents to save in my undertaking. The experience has me wanting to explore other "out of country" blank providers also.
Life is too short for a boring pen...