Many intarsia projects call for using beech wood. It is a brown color with a very nice grain, and is therefore attractive to use on intarsia projects.
I searched the Internet many times trying to find a source to buy small quantities of beech from. I even e-mailed the lady that wrote the Intarsia pattern book, but she did not reply.
Finally, in the Summer of 2015, I found a source of beech wood. It is WoodworkersSource.com
They carry many different types of wood, including beech!
I thought the shipping cost was too high at $32...........so I basically ordered a lifetime supply of beech for me, 6 board feet and it is 4/4" thick, which is 15/16". Most intarsia patterns call out 3/4" thick, so this should work fine.
I received the wood, and it is of excellent quality.
Maybe someday I will find a source for beech with lower shipping costs, but I am good for quite a while with this relatively large inventory of beech for future intarsia projects!