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04-18-2019 02:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: blanks lime bass wood

Hi, any help/links would be appreciated as I’m new to wood carving and I’m trying to find somewhere that sells good quality carving blanks, lime wood especially. I’m in Penzance, the most South Westerly place possible, and don’t have a whole lot of local options when it comes to wood blanks, so I’m guessing online is my best option.

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Lee


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#1 posted 04-18-2019 02:52 PM

Penzance England ???

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#2 posted 04-18-2019 06:07 PM

Yes, in England

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#3 posted 04-18-2019 06:17 PM

Hmm, most of the cheap blanks on amazon will be basswood. Something specific you plan on carving? Utensils?

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#4 posted 04-18-2019 10:27 PM

Until Grinling Gibbons came along, most woodcarvers in England worked in oak. I suggest that you read The Lost Carving by David Esterly about the restoration of Gibbons carvings at Hampton Court Palace. There may be some references to recent English woodcarvers and their source of lime (basswood).

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#5 posted 04-20-2019 08:29 PM

This one specifically shows lime carving blanks: https://www.toolsandtimber.co.uk

This one is in Scotland, but you can probably order by phone or mail: http://www.spanglefish.com/Woodcarving-Scotland/index.asp?pageid=659100

If you go to Google, search for “lime timber UK”, you’ll find a lot of links to timber merchants in the UK.

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#6 posted 04-20-2019 08:31 PM

This one specifically shows lime carving blanks: https://www.toolsandtimber.co.uk

This one is in Scotland, but you can probably order by phone or mail: http://www.spanglefish.com/Woodcarving-Scotland/index.asp?pageid=659100

If you go to Google, then search for “lime timber UK”, you’ll find a lot of places that advertise carving blanks.

Another place to ask is http://www.woodworkersinstitute.com/forum/

Claude

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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