Sharing wood resources #1: I don't know why didn't think of this before

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Blog entry by Schwieb posted 07-15-2015 11:13 PM 1218 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi LJ buddies!

At the moment I am in the midst of a 7 week hiatus from the workshop and traveling across country in an RV. I am presently in Buellton, CA. Leave tomorrow for Pasadena to attend a family reunion. Along the way, I have kept my eye out for sources of uniquely Western or California wood to make something out of when I get back into the shop.

If anyone knows a place where I can buy some slabs, turning stock, even furniture wood to carry back I would appreciate it. I know I can go to Craft Supply, etc. but I like getting it from the guy who cut it or had the energy to save it. Most will know what I mean…...................

I will be in Pasadena until the 20th and then heading west toward Joshua Tree park, Arizona, across Texas, to Northern Alabama to pick up the wheels and metal parts from a wagon builder there. When I get back I intend to build a 6 passenger surrey wagon for my mini horses to pull. Then we are back in Florida. Reality and my workshop come back into the picture.

I don’t have a lot of room but a nice chunk of something special to make something from would be awesome.

Thanks for your help to a woodchuck without wood to contemplate what to do with

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 07-16-2015 11:33 AM

H Ken. It sounds like you are enjoying your trip. California is famous for its walnut trees. You might find a local dealer in Pasadena or surely somewhere in L.A. Claro walnut is nice. I worked for awhile in Pasadena. A nice area, but I mainly remember the smog. That was back in 1961-62 so maybe the air quality is better now. Stay safe and have fun.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-16-2015 12:29 PM

Safe travels. Bring home some good wood booty

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 07-16-2015 02:36 PM

You missed a source on the Coast near Big Sur where a artisan makes nice things out or local woods
Sacramento area has sources of Claro Walnut.
Oh Well look for mesquite in the South.
Safe travel

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#4 posted 07-16-2015 02:47 PM

This thread has has a lot of information on traveling CA, lumbermills and ww-related places to see:

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#5 posted 07-16-2015 06:21 PM

Dr. Ken, Jim Jakosh recommends Dead Tree Salvage in Casa Grande, AZ
Hope you find some great pieces!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 07-29-2015 02:20 PM

well i had the pleasure to meet ken yesterday , here in alabama, got to meet his wonderful wife heidi, we had a nice visit and spent a little time out in the shop, i hope the rest of there drive home was a pleasure…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 07-29-2015 03:21 PM

Cool, Grizz!

-- God bless, Candy

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