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    Hey all where is a good place to buy wood from. I've ordered from bell forest before. Thanks.

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    https://www.heineckewood.com/contactus.htm, http://northernwildwoods.com/basswoo...ng-blocks-1-2/, I was also going to suggest wilcoxcarvingwood.com but I keep getting a "Site Can't Be Reached" notice. When buying wood you need to keep two things in mind. Quality..... Is it northern (preferred) or southern basswood? And, shop around for price. Some of the woodcarving supply sites also sell wood but their cost may be higher.

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    • #3
      I agree with Eddy: I get my basswood from Heinecke!

      Claude
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      • #4
        Greapotho: what species of wood are you working with, most/all of the time?
        There are 40+ species of economic importance in North America and carvers use many more "shrubby" things as well.
        All said, it appears tha the Heinecke people really understand wood anatomy and quality.

        I buy western red cedar blocks and beams straight off the mill piles at BKB Cedar.
        Brian T

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        • #5
          Just started carving 4 days ago. Got a dozen carvings in basswood but that's all I know at the moment.

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          • #6
            Where are you located? If you're anywhere near the Philly/NJ/NYC area, go to Willard Brothers Woodcutters (I get the majority of my wood there). www.willardbrothers.net

            I've also ordered harder-to-find woods from Captial City Millworks (http://www.columbusmillwork.com/) Ignore the URL difference from the name.

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            • #7
              As far as basswood, there is no better place than Heinecke, hands down, period.

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              • #8
                I've been known to buy beautiful, clear, straight-grained cedar fence posts.
                Even then, maybe do some glue-ups for bigger pieces.

                If you're back east, look for a species of Juniper - Easern Red Cedar.
                Anybody out your way breaking shakes for roofs and siding? Buy shake blocks.
                Then you get to split any size piece you need. They all should be 24" tall.
                Brian T

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rhcarving View Post
                  Where are you located? If you're anywhere near the Philly/NJ/NYC area, go to Willard Brothers Woodcutters (I get the majority of my wood there). www.willardbrothers.net

                  I've also ordered harder-to-find woods from Captial City Millworks (http://www.columbusmillwork.com/) Ignore the URL difference from the name.
                  Cheapest slab was $750. Kinda steep for the average carver.
                  Every day should be unwrapped like a precious gift.

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                  • #10
                    Northern Wildwoods is gone but they have shifted their business to ArrowHead, who I am not familiar with. I get most of my basswood from Heinecke and they are great. Big difference between Ebay wood and Heinecke's and I would start out with Heinecke, then you will know what good basswood is.

                    Good luck.
                    Bill
                    Living among knives and fire.

                    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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