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Old 06-12-2012, 09:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Knots, twisted, sapwood, wood with occlusions are usually cast off and seen as worthless to wood shops, cabinet shops and lumber stores - and these make the best pens. Most of the time, they will be free too.

There have been quite a few great looking pens posted here that came from fireplace wood just before they were about to be burned!
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Staying in Canada I'd go with William Wood-Write as noted above. All of the IAP vendors are great but best shipping goes to Indy Pen Dance, only $1 to Canada!

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Knots, twisted, sapwood, wood with occlusions are usually cast off and seen as worthless to wood shops, cabinet shops and lumber stores - and these make the best pens. Most of the time, they will be free too.

There have been quite a few great looking pens posted here that came from fireplace wood just before they were about to be burned!

I know turners who would kill to rummage through my firewood pile!
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I think most kitchen chairs have more rungs than strictly necessary..
especially in other people's kitchens

Hey.. I'm just sayin..
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I've found a couple of nearby shops that make/sell treenware - bowls, cutting boards, etc - who sell their scrap as 'kindling'. Have picked up quite a bit of maple, birch, ash and walnut that way. I've also bought some 'factory second' oak cutting boards that I've cut into blanks.

Also, look around for trees that are being taken down. Earlier this year, we had a white oak removed from our property. I grabbed a chunk of it before the tree guy removed everything and have made a number of nice bottle stoppers from it. Also got some wood from a poplar (cottonwood) weed that wife and I took down about a year ago. I left a length of it in the garage to dry, and when I turned it this spring, it was nicely spalted.
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The only wood blanks I have ever purchased were from an elderly friend who was giving up turning due to health problems.
I cut my own and even try to sell a few.
Lot of good suggestions so far. Develop the fine are of scrounging wood. Once the word gets out you want wood you will need new storage facilities.
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Thanks for all the help guys! my only problem with cutting my own wood is im no longer in school so i don't have access to our shop for the whole summer and so i cant really cut my own stuff :(
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Check Craigslist for bandsaws. You can find a small one for real cheap. I started with a small Ryobi that was a yr old and barely used for $60. I now have a Grizzly after selling the Ryobi for $15 more than I bought it and saving some pennies.
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By The Road! Just like all the rest of us have done for years.
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Thanks for all the help guys! my only problem with cutting my own wood is im no longer in school so i don't have access to our shop for the whole summer and so i cant really cut my own stuff :(
A decent hand saw can get you going on some of the smaller stuff, and a miter box will do to square the pieces up for drilling. Where theres a will theres a way, old but true.
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