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Forum topic by AgentWill posted 06-17-2016 08:05 PM 409 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AgentWill

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06-17-2016 08:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood carving question resource

Hello everyone!

I’m brand new to carving, and aside from hacking away at some chunks of pine that the hardware store had lying around, I’ve been unable to find a location in east Texas that sells good blocks of wood for carving.

What do you guys use? Is there an online service available? Please let me know!

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Thanks for the great replies! It’s great to know there’s so much support for people starting new projects.


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splatman

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#1 posted 06-17-2016 08:25 PM

Contact local arborists. They may be happy to give away tree chunks. Most people take ‘em for firewood.
Or you can glue together short boards into blocks.

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AgentWill

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#2 posted 06-17-2016 08:31 PM

That’s a great idea, but here in east Texas it’ll be all pine and live oak, not really what I’d like to be carving

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hairy

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#3 posted 06-17-2016 08:38 PM

I have bought from here many times. http://www.gvwp.net/

Basswood is great for carving.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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Lazyman

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#4 posted 06-17-2016 09:17 PM

Basswood is native to East Texas (I was a forestry major in Nacogdoches). Though it probably isn’t commercially harvested there too often, you might check with some of the local mom and pop lumber mills in your area and see if they have any. Search Craig’s List for Basswood lumber and sometimes you’ll find locals with portable sawmills that might have a log sitting around that they will mill for you as well as other woods that you might find more interesting than pine and oak. It may be a little tougher getting it kiln dried though. By the way, basswood is often call linden as well.

Also, I live in the DFW area and there are tons of Bradford pear trees that often have branches removed and laying out for trash pickup. I grab a few branches now and then for turning on my lathe green. Bradford pear has a nice fine grain that might carve nicely but I am not sure the best way to deal with drying it for carving.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 06-17-2016 09:33 PM

I’m near Groesbeck in central Texas. We have a small ranch, and wood is something I have. A huge white oak is presently across one of the gravel roads to my place. How much oak would you like. And, I have another tree down in the back of the place. I think it’s a Butternut or Walnut. Bring a chainsaw or borrow mine. Or, you can shop my firewood stacks for dry or green Oak. And I have beer, and will be at the house all day Sunday and the afternoon tomorrow.

No pine on the place, but I have mucho cedar and Mesquite. PM me if you really want some wood. It’s free.

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AgentWill

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#6 posted 06-20-2016 03:02 PM



I have bought from here many times. http://www.gvwp.net/

Basswood is great for carving.

- hairy

Awesome! This website is perfect, thanks!

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AgentWill

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#7 posted 06-20-2016 03:03 PM



I m near Groesbeck in central Texas. We have a small ranch, and wood is something I have. A huge white oak is presently across one of the gravel roads to my place. How much oak would you like. And, I have another tree down in the back of the place. I think it s a Butternut or Walnut. Bring a chainsaw or borrow mine. Or, you can shop my firewood stacks for dry or green Oak. And I have beer, and will be at the house all day Sunday and the afternoon tomorrow.

No pine on the place, but I have mucho cedar and Mesquite. PM me if you really want some wood. It s free.

- Kirk650

I’m very interested in your offer! I need to post a few more times on the website before I can sent PM’s, but I think we can work something out.

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