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Legacy Woods from USS North Carolina BB-55 at Woodcraft

Capture a piece of the past from World War II history with these Old Growth Teak Wood Stocks for Knife Handle Scales, Pen Blanks and Bottle Blanks that were part of the original deck of the USS North Carolina (BB-55).

Teak-NC-Battleship Products

  • Old Growth Teak
  • 1″ x 1-1/2″ x 5″
  • Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity
  • Note: Woodworkers need to take precautions against sawdust when working with Teak as it is known to cause allergic reactions.

The USS North Carolina was the lead ship of the North Carolina Class of fast big gun warships and the first newly constructed American battleship at that time to enter service during World War II.  Nicknamed Showboat, because of all the media attention she received as she was being built and tested, the USS North Carolina was a true naval marvel and the fastest most heavily armed ship (carrying sixteen 400 mm guns) in the fleet at the time of her commissioning in 1941.  The North Carolina took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area of operations, often protecting aircraft carriers, to become the most highly decorated American battleship of World War II by accumulating 15 battle stars.

During her first battle in August of 1942, the Japanese gathered powerful forces at the Battle of the Eastern Solomon’s, to destroy the American ships. North Carolina B-55 was guarding the carrier Enterprise when dive bombers began fiercely attacking the ship. “The Battleship’s anti-aircraft barrage helped save the carrier Enterprise, thereby establishing her primary role as the fastest battleship and protector of aircraft carriers.” During World War II she protected air craft carriers, rescued downed pilots, refueled destroyers, and carried out ship bombardments. The USS North Carolina, decommissioned in June 1947, is now a floating museum ship and memorial kept at the seaport of Wilmington, NC.


Literally create and build your connection to the ship by owning a piece of American history.  The Showboat is more than just a ship, but a living monument to the accomplishments and ideals represented by the brave heroes who served on her.  It is reported that there are about 20 Veterans from that great ship who partake in a reminiscent reunion still today.  The USS North Carolina is a shrine and a National Historic Landmark for a grateful nation which we honor today.  After inactivation, she was decommissioned at New York on 27 June 1947.  Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 June 1960, the North Carolina was transferred to the state of North Carolina on September 6, 1961.  She was purchased from the U.S. Navy for $330,000 raised by the efforts of North Carolina school children who saved their spare change and lunch money for the “Save Our Ship” campaign.

Learn more about the USS North Carolina:

Stop into your participating local Woodcraft Store or go online to get your piece of American History!



It’s a perfect time to head to your shops during this 3-day Independence Holiday, so why not make something with this special Teak Wood while supplies last!  And please, always remember to stay safe in your shops by reading your tool manuals and using dusk masks, air cleaners, eye protection and all your safety equipment.
Happy 4th of July Everyone!
auf Wiedersehen!…Frank

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    Eli Eigen-Hoyer, July 18, 2014
    I work at the Seattle Woodcraft Store and was lucky enough to be able to track down 2" x 5" planks from the original WWII era deck between 4-8 feet long. I figure a captains chair is in my future but there should be about 190 board ft left even after that. Come buy some. Reply
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      Robert Hendrix, August 21, 2014
      I am a knife maker and looking for some pieces of the teak decking from the USS North Carolina BB-55 for knife scales, I would like to purchase some of those if you have them in stock, I live close to the Woodcraft store in Greenville, SC. and their store doesn't list any large enough for knife scales. If so do they come with a certificate of authenticy? Thanks, Robert Reply
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        frank, August 21, 2014
        These are the two offerings we have left in stock currently with a Certificate of Authenticity: Battleship USS North Carolina Blanks. If you require larger sizes, you may try gluing 2 or more blanks together for your size requirement. We did carry the knife scale blanks mentioned in this blog, but are sold out. You could also ask your Woodcraft store or our customer service department to check with other Woodcraft stores to see if they may have any left in stock. Our warehouse inventory does not have any additional knife scale blanks presently. Reply
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    Justin Brown, August 7, 2016
    Hi, I am currently stationed on the USS North Carolina (SSN-777) Submarine at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Myself along with 3 other shipmates just got selected for Chief Petty Officer. We are looking for North Carolina BB-55 Teak to inlay in our charge book vessel. There is a woodcraft in Hawaii that we could get it from, but I was just inquiring to see if that would be available to do. Thank you Reply
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      Frank, August 8, 2016
      You may call our Honolulu store at (808) 841-9876 or email them at honolulu-retail@woodcraft.com. In addition click THIS LINK to check out our Teak supply online. Reply
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      Mike Miller, September 13, 2016
      Here is the muesum site they have pieces of it for sale. http://www.battleshipncstore.com/Own-a-Piece-of-the-Battleship-Limited-Supply-P38.aspx Reply
  3. avatar
    Woodies Woodshop, August 24, 2016
    I have USSNC teak blanks for sale. www.woodieswoodshop.com Reply

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