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05-11-2021 12:07 PM

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I teach Basic and Advanced Woodworking at Victor Senior High in Victor, NY. I have a student that is hoping to make a traditional lacrosse stick as his final project. I have struck out with every contact I have tried. Is anyone in the Rochester area that knows of someone who would have Hickory, Ash or White Oak that is green? We have 6 more weeks of classes so time is of the essence. Thank you

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#1 posted 05-11-2021 01:20 PM

I’m in the area, but don’t have any of those species.

I do have a number of Locust trees and may be able to trim some for your project. Not sure how it might bend, but it’s strong like the three you mentioned.

What size piece would you need?

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#2 posted 05-11-2021 01:40 PM

So a couple of ideas is to contact a couple of chair making schools.
I friend took one of these classes a few years back, I think it was with Charles Brock.
But I do remember that all the spindle work was with green wood.
I think they may have a reliable source for green wood. and maybe they can help you out.

Good luck.

-- John

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#3 posted 05-12-2021 01:57 AM

You can contact a local tree service to see whether they have taken down any trees that you can have. Just request that they leave a section of the trunk long enough for your purposes. Check out green woodworking techniques to split the trunk into manageable pieces using wedges and a sledge hammer. Once you get a section light enough to run over the jointer, you can mill the rest of the way on a bandsaw. By initially splitting out sections, you give yourself the best chance to avoid grain runout that would cause problems with steam bending.

I have done this, and had to bring wedges and hammer to the trees as they lay, since I couldn’t lift them until after splitting. There are still a fair number of ash trees being taken down in my area, but it may be gone from yours already.

-- Alan in Wisconsin

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#4 posted 05-12-2021 02:10 AM

You could ask a tree service for some wood they are generally great people. Or just cut a tree down on school property and look for a job next year.

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#5 posted 05-12-2021 02:59 AM

I would check and check with woodmizer to see if there’s one in your area.

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