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Hi John,

This may be too late for your tiller but my original one is made of a sapele/ash sandwich, 2 of each. I found that I couldn’t gain access to the stern locker when afloat-suitable weather permitting. So I then used 2 more pieces of each to make a ‘cock-up’ tiller, it gives a clearance above the aft hatch of about 3 inches, this has worked well and looks pretty good too.

As to finding the wood, I looked in the book under ‘Timber Merchants’, the one I found was very helpful, looking for offcuts, etc.

Hope this is of interest.