November 30, 2014
Birmingham OudFest: 5 – 7 December 2014
A select number of ouds will be released exclusively at the UK Birmingham OudFest. Among them, Sultan Beyazit and Oud Ahmet, both 100% incense-grade artisanal oud distillations of a whole new calibre.
I’ll also be showcasing vintage ouds from my private collection including extremely rare batches from Papua, Borneo and other remote Indonesian islands, all experimental batches from the early 2000s which I’m making available for the first time.
I wish we could stay all week and we’ll do our utmost to accommodate everyone as best we can, but time’s tight. To make sure you get a meeting, please email me as soon as possible with the date and time that suits you best.
November 4, 2014
To all our customers in the Emirates, Saudi, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman, we will be in Dubai from 7 – 10 November to host our second OudFest for 2014. You are cordially invited to meet me in person.
A select number of ouds will be released exclusively at the Dubai OudFest. This is your chance to sample and own ouds of a calibre that few people have had the opportunity to experience.
Appointments get taken rather quickly and our OudFest schedule tends to get hectic. To make sure you get your slot, please email me directly to make your appointment.
Ahlan wa sahlan!
October 29, 2014
When they arrived at the hotel we showed them up to room 181 where they didn’t spare any time to unwrap the arm length piece from the black bag they walked in with. Eagerly they handed me the heavy, deep dark colored log, stood back and awaited my verdict.
“You see this?” I asked Kruger.
He took the wood, straight away stuck his nails into it, scratching it like a lottery ticket, then flipped it around a couple of times searchingly.
“The worst paint job I’ve ever seen,” was all he had to say as he handed the piece back to me.
It turns out that the father was a big business owner, dealt in precious stones. But he was clueless about agarwood, so he must have fronted his sons the money to buy this wood. When I asked them how much they paid for the piece, you could see the panic brewing in the young guy’s eyes.
“I told you I should go with you. This isn’t even agarwood!”
On their way out, I advised them to stay clear of this business. Agarwood is one of the most treacherous trades in the world. Afterwards, they tried to get in touch with the men they bought the wood from, but as you’d expect, there was no trace of them.