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Forum topic by Michael Anthony Zelonis posted 02-04-2014 10:42 AM 1280 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Michael Anthony Zelonis

169 posts in 1963 days

02-04-2014 10:42 AM

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Help! I am looking to find a 5”x7”x4” block of Alaskan Yellow Cedar (or 2-5”x7”x2” pieces for a glue up). Interesting figure and some small knots would be a plus. As you can imagine, not an easy species to find in Virginia! I tried some lumberyards in Washington state and Oregon, but they would only ship 6’ boards at minimum. The wood is for a donation piece I am sending to the UK for a place called The Sawcliffe Project. It is an old English farm manor being restored for use as a dormitory and education center for dyslexic and autistic children. There is a room in the main building called the Knights Hall where the ceiling is being done with mythological figures and legends, I was asked if I wanted to do a Green man so of course I said yes! I have heard Alaskan Yellow Cedar is a great wood to carve, so I want to give it a try. I will pay a reasonable price for the wood and cover shipping to Virginia if anyone can help me out!

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 11:22 PM

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Alaskan Yellow Cedar at Crosscut Hardwoods here in Oregon (stores in Eugene and Portland). Not sure of their shipping policies. You could try to talking to them.

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 11:25 AM

Thanks LiveEdge, I checked with them, but they had none listed in their inventory. However A member here had some and we worked out a deal, I now have what I need, and am excited to work with this new wood!

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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#3 posted 02-14-2014 05:15 AM

Google Targo Hardwoods in Bellingham, WA. They not only have everything (including stuff I’ve never heard of), they probably would be glad to fix you up with something in the size you’re looking for. It’s a small, locally owned, owner-operated enterprise.

Yellow cedar is a lovely wood, next the red cedar the carving wood of choice by west coast Native Americans. But there are other nice carving woods, one of my favorites being alder. It’s close grained, easily cut, hard enough not to crush with tools that are slightly less than razor sharp, and doesn’t split when you don’t want it to. Doesn’t have yellow cedar’s lovely fragrance, though.

7” sounds like a very tiny green man. Is that the same green man as in the “Gawain and the Green Knight” saga?

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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