I just stopped the Asplundh guy moving through the neighborhood and hit him up. I am looking for a specific wood.
I am a woodcarver...I love it. I particularly love making useful things. I carve spoons and forks...bowls and tool handles...the bulk of what I do could fall into the title of 'treenware"...look it up.
I was wondering where some of you get you raw material. I have found the most unlikely sources are the best.
Last year, I hit up these young guys that were selling firewood. I told them what I was looking for and the very next week, they showed up on my driveway with an entire truckload of unsplit walnut in 3'-o length...how cool is that? Cost me $75.00. I was stunned.
I hit the Aslpundh guys up for a really odd wood...catalpa. Some folks know it as coffee tree and other know it as cigar tree...either way, it is a pure pleasure to carve. It is a little rough, kinda grainy. However...it is soft and easy to carve (it is classified as a hardwood but do not fear the wording)...hell, even basswood (limewood) is considered a hardwood....has nothing to do with the reality of working with them.
Almost all of my kitchen utensils are cherry, oak or catalpa....I love making useful things. I tend to give them away just because i like making them so much.
If you are interested in wood carving, give me a shout. I have been doing it for years and I love it.
Part of the learning is knowing what you want to carve and what wood is best for it....let me know...
Edited by Jeremiah65, 21 February 2013 - 09:29 PM.