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Woodworking guide by Ayrlie last update: November 2011
You will need 3 major components in leveling woodworking: wind crystals, earth crystals, and lumber. The lumber can range from the common ash and arrowwood to the rare bloodwood and divine. Woodworking is used to make ammo, certain jug pets, and shiheis.
Cap out all available inventory space that you got, logs don't stack and its not always possible to quiver the ammo.
0-2 Arrowwood Lumber
Wind Crystal + Arrowwood Log
You will be making tons of them for ammo.
2-8 Ash Lumber
Wind Crystal + Ash Log
You will need a lot of these for the bolt part.
The Ammo Crafting mode
8-16 Acid/Venon/Bloody/Blind/Sleep Bolts
Earth Crystal + Ash Lumber + _____ bolt head
This part of the craft is profitable. Acid and Bloody Bolts will sell at the AH.
16-21 Maple Sugar
Lightning Crystal + Maple Log
Make sure someone controls the Fauregandi Region before trying to skill up on this, as maple logs are available from the regional vendor. Sell the sugar if San d'Oria is 3rd in conquest.
Wind Crystal + Bast Parchment x2 + Black Ink
Sell on AH in toolbags if possible.
29-31 Book Holder
Earth Crystal + Lauan Lumber + Holly Lumber
This is a bridge synth for the next step. NPC these for a loss.
31-39 Beetle Arrows
Earth Crystal + Beetle Arrowheads + Insect Fletchings + Arrowwood Lumber
Quiver these and sell on AH. These do not move as fast as they used to but they still sell for a profit.
39-44 Flower stand
Earth Crystal + yew Lumber + Lauan Lumber
This is a bridge synth for Horn Arrows. Stop at 41 or 42.
41-49 Horn Arrows
Earth Crystal + Arrowwood Lumber + Horn Arrowhead + Bird Fletchlings
Quiver these and sell.
49-59 Scorpion Arrows
Earth Crystal + Arrowwood Lumber + Scorpion Arrowheads + Insect Fletchligns
Sell on the AH. Start crafting on lightsday and with advance support.
Earth Crystal + Lauan Lumber x2 + Rattan Lumber x3
Make sure the Elshimo Regions are under control of any nation to make it easier to get Rattan Lumber.
61-69 Demon Arrows
Earth Crystal + Blk. Chocobo Fletchlings + Demon Arrowheads + Arrowwood Lumber
Quiver and sell. These make a profit but don't move as fast.
Major money sink
The next several levels are nothing but a money sink. Unless you know buddies that dig the jungles you are going to blow your profits from the ammo making stage considerably.
69-72 Anicent Lumber
Wind Crystal + Petrified Log
Save your lumber to craft guild point items.
72-75 Ice Staff
Wind Crystal + Ebony Lumber + Ice Bead
Since Abyssea came out, the Ice Bead prices dropped to 2k a pop. With the cost of Ebony around 5k per lumber, and the NPC sell price at 7250 gil, you should break even barring breaks. I even got a pair of fluke HQs while skilling this item.
Wind Crystal + Mahogany Lumber + Silk Thread
Desynth these results to get your materials back.
77-81 Marid Arrow
Earth Crystal + Dogwood Lumber + Marid Arrowheads + Apkallu Fletchlings
The lumber is hard to find, does not appear on the AH frequently. You should be able to HQ the log to lumber decently, however. These arrows are at a complete loss. These do not quiver, and arrows NPC at 7 gil each (roughly 700 gil per stack). However, they can be used as a bridge cause the arrowheads and fletchlings are cheap to make if you know your high level bonecrafting and clothcrafting friends.
Back to Lumber
Plan on spending at least 3k gil per synth, with most of it being at a loss. The only saving grace to abyssea is that it made crafting a lot less painful on your pocketbook, but it is difficult to find profit at this stage. Plan on spending a lot of time farming your wind crystals, you will need tons of them.
If you want, invest in Kitron Macraron and pray for the Artisan Advantage kupower to be active. You will need both. You will probably spend at least 1M gil even to get from 75 to 100. Having inventory space is crucial as none of the logs stack.
75-80 Beech Lumber
Wind Crystal + Beech Log
Given the sell rate of these logs and the NPC buy back price, this is just a slight loss on my server (but can also lead to profit on some servers as these logs can be found on the AH as low as 1000 gil each). You can also bazaar them in upper jeuno to let the synergy people buy them up (often at a profit though the turnover is not that high). Beech logs are easier to find than dogwood, however, and it is not uncommon to see 20 to 30 logs turn up on the AH at any given time.
80-85 Teak Lumber
Wind Crystal + Teak Log
Teak Logs are cheap, and you can log them in East Ronfaure [S] easily. Stockpile all Jacaranda Logs that you find during this time, as you will need them for later. These don't show up on the AH frequently, though. (On my server, these logs often sell for 4k a pop and sell to the NPC for 2040 gil which makes this a total loss, but the loss from Teak Logs don't compare to the other synths in this level range.)
85-91 Lacquer Tree Lumber
Wind Crystal + Lacquer Tree Log
At least these logs drop off morbols in the jungle. Even so, the drop rates simply suck.
85-92 Divine Lumber
Wind Crystal + Divine Log
Due to Abyssea, these logs only go for 5k a pop and are in demand for various cursed items. These sell to the NPC for 3500 gil each. However, you will probably be selling these to the NPC depending on server demand.
86-95 Bloodwood Lumber
Wind Crystal + Bloodwood Log
Bloodwood is just as cheap as Beech and more available than Teak and Divine Logs. These logs will break even on the AH or even make you a profit. However, sell these on the AH as singles.
90-97 Kapor Lumber
Wind Crystal + Kapor Log
If you intend to spend some gil, Kapor Lumber at least is a good option (and only at 5k a pop too), just save the lumber for later. This one is obtained through logging the jungles, so there is an alternative of spending gil.
95-97 Divine Sap
Water Crystal + Divine Log
Sell this to npc. You will lose some money in the process.
97-103 Jacaranda Lumber
Wind Crystal + Jacaranda Log
Camp the AH patiently or go logging in Jugner Forest [S] or East Ronfaure [S]. Logs sell on the AH for 10k each. Save the lumber.
103-106 - Isula Sideboard
Earth Crystal + Gold Ingot + Jacaranda Lumber x5
The fact it takes 5 lumbers is going to hurt, but at least it takes only one other item even though its a gold ingot. The other options are too expensive to attempt right now.
106-108 Flete Pole
Wind Crystal + Kapor Lumber x 2 + Scintilliant Ingot
The ingot is the worst part of the synth, at 150k a pop. Wait for Artisan Advantage to come up as a kupower and use the crafting food, as you're talking 3M per level. This also requires a goldsmithing sub of 60+. This item sells at a big loss.