**** I would like to update this story and let everyone know that this morning on 4/3/17 I received a money order for the amount I was owed, from Patrick Walbaum. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Patrick finally did the right thing and returned my money. That is all I can say. Make your own decisions about who to deal with in the future but I am squared with Patrick after 9 months and we can move on. **** After a conversation with Ryan Olson describing a similar experience, I decided to post this here after much deliberation. I wanted to share what has been a drawn out, absolutely terrible experience with a driftwood seller. I don't believe this individual posts or sells here on the forums, but they do have a listing on the Taxi.net suppliers list and they had a display at the 2015 World Show. This is a long winded post but bear with me! One post regarding them, from way back in 2011, can be viewed here on the net: http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,243640.msg1700959.html#msg1700959 Formerly known as G&P Drifters, I've heard that the business name is changed periodically so that the negative connotations with the past company arent recognized. Bill Neuman of Bismark, ND was taken for thousands of dollars by this individual. I called Bill and we had a long talk. It's not good. This regards a "company" called "Specialty Wood Products" Patrick Walbaum W5466 Barley Rd, Elkhorn, WI 53121 262-742-3800 262-203-2602 www.swoodproducts.net On page 8 of their "gallery" on their page, it features some of my mounts. I do NOT endorse this seller. You will see many mounts from many prominent names in taxidermy in their galleries. I'd be curious to know of their dealings with them. Many may have purchased wood at taxidermy shows from him, risk free.. But when it comes to pre-purchasing an order of wood ... BEWARE..... I had met him briefly at the World Show 2015 and seen the wood (it was nice) and on the way back from the World Show, they were looking to unload the leftover wood that hadn't sold, so they called me and asked it I was interested. We arrived at a good price, his wife delivered the wood, I paid and all was well. I was happy with my purchase. Fast forward to june of 2016. I was in need of another load of wood. I contacted Patrick and we agreed on a price ($2400) for a large amount. I asked him when he could deliver, and he said within the next month. I told him I thought it might be best if I just got back with him sometime in July, since I was leaving out of town for a couple weeks on July 9th and I wanted to make sure I would be there when the wood came through. He said, NO! We will deliver it before the 9th! Pay your deposit, I promise it WILL be there before you leave. He didn't want me to call him back when I got back in town... he wanted a 50% deposit THEN, and he assured the wood would be delivered before the 9th. Words like "I PROMISE" were used. One of his favorite words, I came to find. So I paid the 50% deposit to him ($1200) of 6/13/16 out of my debit card (LESSON LEARNED) and waited. He told me it would likely deliver the week before I left. I called him the week before, and he said everything was on track. Two days before my trip, on 7/7/16, I haven't heard a word so I call again. He says they're coming the next day! I said, that's pushing it close but ok, as long as you're there by the 9th! On the 8th I don't hear anything ... I call... he says, they're having truck trouble! The truck is broken down! Imagine that .... he says he can be there by 10am on the 9th, But I had already told him I was to be leaving early that morning and at this point, I'm not really believing any of these promises, so I'm not about to go and push my departure date later for this. I said, listen, I don't mind waiting... can you just deliver my wood after I get back? Late july/august? He says, NO PROBLEM! So I let a month elapse and in august I call and say, I'm ready to have my wood delivered, feel free to deliver it any time, I'm not going anywhere! He says awesome, Let me coordinate a truck, It will be delivered in a few weeks! In September, I have to call him back ... More excuses... More promises that the wood will deliver in a few weeks. Every month continued like this. I started to feel like I was really being played, Like he thought I was just a little girl he could sweet talk into anything. He's a silver tongued devil .. "Amy.... Do you think I would not follow through on my promises? This is premium driftwood I've hand picked for you... It's all here... It's all on the truck ready to go... It will be delivered and you will be so happy!" EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH. In October, when he played the same story over again, I told him "Ok Patrick, I really want what I ordered -- I don't want to ask for a refund -- but If you call me in November, I'm going to ask for my money back because It's been too long". He said he totally understood, and the wood would be delivered! In November, he calls with the same line of excuses and I say "Ok, Well I just want a refund, you remember what I told you". He said he would get a check out to me next week. After about three weeks, No Check, I call back and he says he doesn't have the money. That he is going to have to see if he can borrow money from his business partner. What?? He said Amy, you know how business goes! Money in, money out.. that's a lot of money! I'm baffled at this point. I'm sorry, if your business is running on less than $1200 in the bank, that's scary. More weeks elapse. A series of phone calls, texts. He tells me he shouldnt have to pay me back the full $1200 because "his credit card company charged him a sizable fee when he ran my card". OH MY, That was really something else! Are you serious! My husband got on the phone with him and Patrick was in such a frenzy that he couldn't even get a word in edgewise. This man was losing his marbles, cursing and carrying on! The last thing my husband heard before Patrick hung the phone up on him was "You'll hear from my lawyer!" .. Which is quite hilarious because, why would we hear from a lawyer? Patrick stole my money but a lawyer is going to .... what? So on the topics of lawyers, I go inquire into getting one of my own and I threaten Patrick with legal repercussions (You know, real ones) and after another week of go-arounds I guess he gets pretty nervous and he ends up (hallelujah) wiring $900 into my bank account. Why $900 and not $1200? Beats me. I say well thank you, but that's not the full amount. He says he will send me the last $300 in a couple weeks. That was December and this is where we still stand. Several more phone calls and lies have happened since then, but I'm still out $300 and I dont care if it is $3 or $30000, lies are lies and that's what this whole thing was built upon. Patrick wont even return my messages any more. Screw me, I guess... it looks like he is on to the next victim. Patrick told me that if I told this story that he would tell "the other side"... LOL .. Well I honestly can't think of what his side could be. I think he has made himself believe that "I wasn't there when the wood was to be delivered, therefore ......" ... our transaction is null and void ?? He won't come on here and post, as he is very, very weak ... He couldn't deal with me calling him out on the phone, let alone my husband.. that's why his reaction was to hang up the phone. He can't handle confrontation. Lie, lie, lie your way out of it and buy yourself a few more weeks... I know this was long winded but since I'm pretty darn sure I'll never get my $300 back, I'm going to leave this here so that others will be warned !!!