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07-16-2012 08:31 PM

I have been asked to make a walking stick out purple heart. Needs to be at least 5 foot long… I know I can get 2×2x18inches spindle stock but nothing longer… can anyone point me in the direction of at least 2 ft spindle stocks if they have it.

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 02:45 AM

Helps to know where you are so people can recommend a mill that may carry it for you to buy.

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 03:01 AM

further down here
at cookwoods
is some for a good price


this is the right one now

get some for fun too

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 03:14 AM

The Woodcraft near me always has tons of it


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#5 posted 07-17-2012 12:21 PM

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 06:11 PM

I live in Upstate NY the only dealer thats near me is Heartwoods but they mostly deal in domestic local woods from Bailies Lumber…I am going to Rochester this Sunday so I’ll give Woodcraft a call see if they have anything close to what I am looking for…. Most of the wood I get is internet deals but would like to see this piece just to see the color of the Purple heart.

Thanks for the replies


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#7 posted 07-17-2012 07:04 PM

Skip woodcraft if you’re looking for lumber and check out pittsford lumber on Schoen Pl. Pittsford lumber is a touch expensive compared to some places, cheaper then woodcrafters on any smaller cuts, but has some of the best quality. Not good if you’re looking for tools but awesome for lumber. They usually have some decent shorts of 6-12” wide and 2’ long for 8-20.00 on a table, and much larger in the racks for fair prices. Their purpleheart in my experience is jointed and planed both sides with maybe a little touch up on the jointer necessary but still usually 7/8 or 15/16 thick for the 4/4 stock.
Just picked up a piece of 5/4 maple 10”x30” and 5/4 padauk 10.5”x24”, both planed smooth and flat for just under 30.00.

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#8 posted 07-18-2012 04:15 PM

I get all of my purple heart from Peachstate Lumber in Kennesaw,Ga. I know this not nowhere near you but this information is for the lumberjocks in ga. I highly recommend these people for almost all woods..they are very helpful,they do know their woods and very reasonable too. this is the ONLY place I go to..only problem is they do not carry treated wood if thats what you will have to go to your local home improvement stores for and Dad have been going there for over 20 yrs and have been treated like family…I personally do not like woodcraft for wood products,simply because they are typicallu 25%-50% higher..I do like going there for the tools & accesories though..Im not knocking woodcrafts at all,they are an excellent place to get tools.they have some great classes as well !

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#9 posted 08-14-2012 03:39 PM

check advantage lumber in buffalo ny they have a web site i have bought much lumber from them give them a call they can get you what you need at a good price

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#10 posted 08-14-2012 03:42 PM

The knoxville TN Woodcraft used to have gobs of it. Once they had 24” wide x 10 foot long. It was insane.

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#11 posted 08-15-2012 12:07 AM

+1 on Pittsford Lumber

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#12 posted 08-15-2012 04:25 AM

Don’t know where you’re at but if around NW Washington there’s Edensaw Woods Ltd., Port Townsend. They’ve got lots. (plus just about anything else you could desire)

Opps – nevermind, just saw that you’re in NY. I don’t think it would be worth the drive.

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#13 posted 08-15-2012 06:37 AM

Thanks for the replys…I ended up buying 3 spindle blanks off ebay for 35 bucks…. 2×2x24 each… so far they are looking great…. Have 2 of them rounded down to just over an inch round and put together. I am using the cane hardware from Rockler x2 over all the walking stick will be just under 5 foot long. I am using the Hut wax pen finishing bars for a finish. A simple to apply but long lasting water proof finish is what I was aiming for. The person I am making it for is very pleased so far on how it looks. I will be posting pictures of it when its down. The only thing I do not like about it is there will be a break in the wood between pieces with the hardware showing. I thought about recessing the hardware into the wood but the customer wants it this way.

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