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    Hi all. I'm new to carving and, as in title, am looking for woods (blocks) to carve in Las Vegas. I checked out Lowes, and the only maybe suitable wood I could see is Redwood 4×4's. All their pine is too narrow. Micheals only has some almost decent basswood for not great prices. I still haven't looked at hobby lobby, and i sent an email to Heinecke about shipping to here. Any other suggestions? Hard to find good wood in a desert...

  • #2
    " I sent an email to Heinecke about shipping to here." Your best bet
    . . .JoeB


    • #3
      Dan, If you stick with Heineke, you will get some of the best basswood. You might also check out Moore Roughouts, he also has good baswood.

      If I took the time to fix all my mistakes, I wouldn,t have time to make new ones.


      • #4
        As stated, Heinecke is the best wood around!


        • #5
          Heinecke is the ONLY place where you should be buying your basswood...don't even think of buying it anywhere else! You will be seriously sorry. Lowes sells lumber, not carving wood, and Michael's and Hobby Lobby sell inferior grade basswood.
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          • #6
            You didn't specify what type of carving you plan to do - only that you are looking for "blocks." Most of the replies assume you plan to carve small animals or caricatures. For local, natural wood you may have to drive to Mt. Charleston or Lake Mead. Your local Lowe's may have Poplar, which is reasonably carve-able. You can glue thin boards together to form blocks. .

            But, if you want to enjoy carving, follow the advice of the other replies - Order basswood from Heinecke Wood Products. Why? Because it is fine northern grown basswood with dense growth rings with the right amount of moisture to make your sharp tools glide through the cuts - pure pleasure!


            • #7
              Redwood will be very similar to western red cedar, the #1 wood used by many carvers in the Pacific Northwest.
              I've bought 4x4 fence posts of WRC and been very happy. You get carvings with very little fine detail, the wood splits so easily.

              Bring a 6" ruler or a tape measure. If we can pick over the pile, I want to find straight grain and knot free.
              Maybe even a few knots that we could cut away. Dishes, animals, story poles, all kinds of ideas.

              Using the ruler, I want to find 15 - 30 growth rings per inch.
              Less than 15 is too soft and punky, more than say, 40 and it's hard and boney but still very carvable.

              Basswood: The wood anatomy. In the north where it's cooler, the wood fibers extend for longer before they mature, shorter fiber in the south.
              Same thing happens with spruce and pine, very much admired characteristics for wood pulp used in paper making.
              Last edited by Robson Valley; 08-07-2017, 01:31 PM.