Dayton, August 10, 1900
It is my intention to begin shortly the construction of a full-size glider. Hitherto I have used pine in the frames, but for the large machine I wish to use spruce, a wood not obtainable in Dayton yards. It would oblige me greatly if you would give me the name of a Chicago firm of whom I could get the timber I need. Also I would be glad to have your advice as to a suitable varnish for the cover. I have been using shellac.
Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright