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Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 19, 2006
12:34 PM

Post #2831095

Hi everybody. Relatively new here. Another wood working grandma.

I guess I have a question first - are we able to mention specific company names on this site or is that a no-no? I couldn't find any written rules about that.

I'm interested in finding out what your sources are for wood (if we are able to mention names) for craft-type woodworking. Do you buy from big box stores, specialty woodworking companies, local lumber companies? Shipping can certainly get expensive if you have to order wood and have it shipped to you.

I am very fortunate in that my brother built his own portable saw mill and he supplies me with all I can use of oak (red & white), walnut, basswood, ash, hickory, maple (including spalted maple). I have a planer so can make boards to my own specifications. However, things like redheart, cocobolo, yellowheart, cedar, etc. I have to order. I do mostly intarsia and some fretwork, so a little wood goes a long way.

Thanks for any information you can give me. I'm located in Wisconsin if that helps any.
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 19, 2006
8:12 PM

Post #2832515

There are several local places in my metro area that carry exotics per linear foot, I've never ordered from mail order sources.
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 20, 2006
2:05 AM

Post #2833606

People mention stores and brand names all the time. I would think mail order would be a good way to get some of your exotic hardwoods. I know luthiers (stringed musical instrument makers) who do it all the time. It's the only way to get some woods if you live in the boonies. I wouldn't be surprised if you could trade some of your brother's walnut and spalted maple with somebody somewhere...
Walkerton, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2006
11:15 AM

Post #2834218

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