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12-12-2017 02:56 AM

I’ve been reviewing the projects forum and my goodness, some absolutely stunning projects with some out of this world figure in the material used.

One of the problems i’ve found here in phoenix, is we lack a good outlet of really out of norm wood figure.
we have a wood workers source, a rockler and a couple other vendors, but i have not been able to find that spalted this, osage that ect.

So i reach out to find perhaps a vendor via web site, ( abhor buying on the internet if i can at all buy locally, i’m a local business man and try to keep my purchases local, but as we all know, it’s not a perfect world.
I did make a contact with an old buddy in mid state indiana, who is going to go on a hunt, so to speak and see what he can find out of the ordinary, we will see.

So, any ideas of vendors for the absolutely awesome figure and off the wall material would be a boon.

Again, amazing talent on so many projects, i’ve spent the last two evenings going thru the forum and just barely got to page 299 tonite,
thanks to all who posted their projects, i’ll figure out the picture thing one of these days and throw on a few of my attempts at wood working.

-- Living the dream

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#1 posted 12-12-2017 09:35 AM

Did you call the local sawyers like Northwest WoodWorks, or Wine Glass Bar Sawmill?
Porter Barn Wood can also have some spalted wood occasionally.
The AZ folks try to keep an updated list:

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#2 posted 12-12-2017 01:12 PM

Yep, have hit all the usual spots, as i noted in the aforementioned thread, its hit or miss on occassion. to find decent figured wood.
I’ll keep at it, and there is a couple joints in the location thread that i was unaware of, but this week will open my eyes as i visit them to see if comes together.

my indiana source says he found some interesting stuff, waiting for pictures, shipping is the easy part, lol.

thanks all

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#4 posted 12-12-2017 02:50 PM

keep in mind, there are people from EVERYWHERE on this forum. I suspect that a lot of the woods you’re talking about are local to the areas where these people live. You may have some species local to you that someone in FL can’t find.

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#5 posted 12-12-2017 04:18 PM

im not sure exactly where this is located, but found it on the phoenix craigslist:

theres also

check out the marketplace there,too.

- tomsteve

thanks, i’ve pretty much used the local guys, although there were a couple in the other thread i was not aware of, in fact i’m going to visit one today. just to see what i can find.
thanks all

-- Living the dream

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#6 posted 12-12-2017 04:19 PM

keep in mind, there are people from EVERYWHERE on this forum. I suspect that a lot of the woods you re talking about are local to the areas where these people live. You may have some species local to you that someone in FL can t find.

- jerkylips

Yes, i get that, so, thinking i need to find friends in places such at mentioned, so i might get some of the amazing figure, here in sowest, is a booger to get decent figure regularly,
i don’t mind a shipping fee or transport costs, if it is the type i’m looking for then its on the list to buy

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#7 posted 12-12-2017 04:33 PM

Contact LJ user AZWoody. I think he’s in your general area and I think he might be able to help you out sourcing some good local material.


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#8 posted 12-12-2017 05:52 PM

Check out Timber Woodworking in Mesa. They usually have some good exotics and bowl blanks on hand.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#9 posted 12-12-2017 06:07 PM

You probably have already looked at Hearne Hardwood, Bell Forest Products. Both have excellent selection and plenty of eye-popping out of the norm woods. Of course it does come at a price and shipping will probably set you back $100+ for starters. But, if there isn’t a less expensive option…..

On a side note – pictures are really easy to add to projects. Use the img button, select the picture you want and then select the “insert this image” button. You can always select the “preview” button to see that it looks like too.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#10 posted 12-12-2017 06:31 PM

Hi RJ, How well I know your dilemma … I have gone to Woodworkers Source and dug thru a whole unit of lumber to find two boards with outstanding grain patterns … There is another source called Dead Tree Salvage down in the Casa Grande area, they get lots of nut orchard stuff, but again you have to dig to find the unusual.

When the wifemate and I hook up the trailer to go somewhere, we always look up the local sawyer etc. and dig thru his piles if stuff … figured wood is hard to find and ya gotta really hunt for it and stumble on to it.

I was at Warsaw Missouri and stopped at a small mill, the guy had a bunch of lumber that varied in thickness from 7/8th” to 1-1/4”(he had a bad blade on his mill) and he was asking $.90 per Bdft. ... now I rarely use an 8 or 10 foot board, I cut them into smaller chunks then mill them to size, so the wavy boards were a great find at an incredible price … and some of the wood was curly oak a rare find. I bought 150 Bdft of mixed oak, walnut and hickory … six years later I still have some of it left.

Keep searching it’s out there, but rarely will you go into a store and find it on the shelf, and when you do the price is out of this world. Why? because the really figured wood goes to the veneer plant.

Good luck on the hunt.

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#11 posted 12-12-2017 09:38 PM

LOL, funny you mention the source, i and a buddy went thru a couple units, one was curly maple and the other was hickory trying to find that “just right ’’ piece. lol, at least the employees didn’t balk, we of course stacked the unit back as it was.

I did find a couple pieces, but i have 3 specific projects i must accomplish before summer, i have three grand daughters all about the same age, and gonna make some heirloom blanket chest for them,

have to laugh i made my kids (4 daughters) a wooden rocking horse about 40 years ago, actually made two of them sent one to california to the niece who is same age as my oldest, they sold theirs, and now my girls are fighing over who gets custody of ours, lol, so might have to build a couple more to calm’m down.

have a lot of projects planned, just trying to stock up on the goods, so when time allows and i dive in, i can cut and size everything in one setting, assembly required but can do at an easier pace.
thanks to all, gonna spend some time tomorrow tracking down a couple local opportunities, planned on today, but some gal decided to t bone one of my work trucks, one of the guys got a broken hip, so, gotta figure out the work schedule for the next week or two, till i hire a new one.
happy tuesday

-- Living the dream

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#12 posted 12-12-2017 10:28 PM

Cook Woods has great stuff – also many in the Northwest.

Goby in Oregon has great Claro Walnut.

I would PM Marc Spagnuolo – - The Wood Whisperer

He was in Phoenix doing furniture and his podcast for many years,. – - he’s in Colorado now, but would certainly share his wood Supplier.

He is supported by a company in Ohio

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#13 posted 12-13-2017 08:54 PM

Well now, local wood report

I made it to Petermens, and well, it was ok, had a couple odd items, but assitance was limited, i didn’t have all day to wait on someone to answer my questions, so moved on to Northwest Wood Works, home of the wood chef, around 5411 West orange dr, ste 117 i believe, wife and husband operation, Riena (spelling) was very helpful, lots of slabs, some milled stuff, lots of turning pieces. I did pick up a gaggle of splated alder, never seen it before, but boy howdy was it a purdy thing.
also grabbed up some quarter sawn syacamore, little more subdued figure, but i’ can work it in some where.
Inpressive little joint, a joint i like to buy from, gal was very knowledgable about just about all things wood, but did share she only learned it in the last year, but is still learning. Absolutely beautiful piece of olive burl, i was trying to figure i i had the skil to turn, but opted to go another direction.
nice slabs, i see some future in the place.
thanks to all who shared..
now on to the joint in mesa later this week,
i’m on the lead of some nice junks of sissoo, wood for turning, however some may be large enough for me to resaw and get some flat stock.

At petermans, they did have a slew of nice looking maple slabs, good size and cheap, I”m a gonna have to figure out a project for a couple and make a run.

-- Living the dream

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#14 posted 12-22-2017 01:57 AM

Ok up date on local stores i have hit

porter barn wood, uh, ok, lots of monster slabs, lotsa barn wood, not much else.

petermans: ok joint, tough to get help or answers, but had a few slabs, a few odd pieces of hardwood and a couple exotics, one fella says they don’t stock that much, once in awhile they’ll get some odd stuff in.
I might have purchase some walnut and cherry here, but getting a price per board foot took me a while and i was kinda put off. So i decided to move on

Ok then last place was the Nowest wood workers or something like that, gal and her ole man run it, not open daily, but i got lucky and she was in when i went by, nice young gal, knew a fair amount, anyway, i left with a gaggle of spalted alder, yep, never heard or seen it before but there it was, not sure what i’ma gonna do with it, but bought a fair amount and it shares a spot on the rack with some other odd stuff.
Amazing slabs, lots of live edge, some sq. milled stuff, not much, nice odd turning blanks,
i’m going to go back after first of year and pick up some live edge units and probably mill them into planks for a couple ideas floating around here.

I’ll hit up a couple joints in east valley after the blessed event.
also hit up the gent in Casa Grande for what he may have on tap.

gotta park a gaggle of wood in storage, so when i begin to make some of my projects, i’m not out looking for parts, one of the things i dislike about crappy vendors here in phx.


merry christmas
Rj in Az.

-- Living the dream

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#15 posted 12-22-2017 09:31 PM

At work, we’ve been sourcing a lot of Walnut from Petermans.
The quality they have on hand right now is excellent.
Decent prices too.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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