I work for a scientific instrument company and end up traveling for my job quite a bit. I mostly stay in the US, but I visit Canada a couple times a year and occasionally travel to England and other parts of Europe.
I got tired of bringing knick-knacks home for the family from every trip because I’m running out of room for refrigerator magnets and coffee mugs! I had the bright idea earlier this year that instead of knick-knacks, I’ll try to find some local wood from wherever I’m visiting and bring a bit home. I’ve done this a couple times now and it’s pretty cool. It’s a bit like a treasure hunt looking for local sawyers and sources for wood.
So far I’ve had good luck with craigslist for wherever under materials. People with a portable (or not so portable mill) frequently advertise sawing services there.
I’ve not found a whole lot using WoodFinder.com, but it’s a resource. There’s always google searches for “City name” and sawmill, lumber, etc…
I sometimes call a couple local cabinetry shops and chat with them about potential local sources of lumber.
Call me crazy if you will, but I’m having a lot of fun and meeting some interesting people. I’m going to try and document what I find (both good and bad). Hope it’s interesting.