How much is Tupelo wood per BF and where can I buy it in the midwest (Indiana)?

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Forum topic by thechipcarver posted 04-15-2017 11:36 AM 672 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2017 11:36 AM

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I travel to a lot carving shows in Indiana and Ohio. This last show I went to, I meet a gentlemen that power carvers. I thought that might be something I’d like to try. He said he uses tupelo wood. I have tried looking it up online and found some places that I could order it from but the price varies. Some prices were a difference of $2 or more.

Is there anyone out there that knows how much a board foot or a good place to order it?

Any information would be great.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#1 posted 04-15-2017 09:47 PM

Chip, take a look at It might give you some a starting point. Good luck.

-- Art

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#2 posted 04-16-2017 12:00 AM

I saw your handle here and wanted to let you know that tupelo doesn’t carve well with hand tools, but I see that you have that covered. I had to learn the hard way with my Grape Leaf man. Since I don’t expect to power carve (too many other projects to complete before I die, plus all the other fun life hands me), I gave the small pieces I had away. I bought mine at Woodcraft. Probably not as cheap as finding a sawyer, though.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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