sources and types of wood for turning

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Blog entry by papabear posted 04-18-2009 01:40 AM 1190 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been experimenting some more with the scraps I have around the house but they all turn out rough in comparison to the once piece of hard wood (no clue what it is) I first used.

Any one have any recomendations on wood types for turning and where they may be found at economical prices? (in the Metro Vancouver area).

Another thought, one of my neighbours has a cherry tree they trimmed last year. They have some of the thicker branches left. Is it a good idea to grab a couple of them and let them dry for a year to work with?

Thanks for your recomendations!

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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#1 posted 04-18-2009 01:52 AM

Hey Rick, definitely grab some of the Cherry and stick it aside in a place to dry for several months (depending on the thickness). It will dry faster if you remove the bark but you may want to keep that on if you’re thinking of doing any natural edge turning. You can also try turning green wood. It will warp and change shape as it dries, some like that look.

Other sources of wood, if you care to venture out as far as Chilliwack, Bow River Specialty Woods has an excellent selection of turning blanks at very reasonable prices. Looks for anyone who has taken down tree’s, especially after a wind storm. I took a bowl turning course at Lee Valley and my instructor said he never pays for wood, people are always anxious to avoid trucking cut offs and tree limbs to the landfill. We just did some pruning on our Cherry Tree’s so I have a bunch of wood sitting in a corner of my shop drying.

I recently had a friend give me a whole bunch of 14”x8”x8” blocks of solid mahogany. Their company had some large machinery shipped from overseas and this stuff was used as packing material. It too is drying in my shop.


-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#2 posted 04-18-2009 01:54 AM

yes, grab any wood that you can mount.. i get some blanks from ebay but watch for any tree work in your area.. woodcraft here has blanks but that are a little high..

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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