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Forum topic by socrbent posted 10-03-2016 09:35 PM 215 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-03-2016 09:35 PM

Spending next week touring that state up north as Buckeye fans refer to Michigan. Does anyone recommend a stop at a lumberyard, wood source or store? Maybe some turning blanks or wood for segmented turning – holly, flame elder, etc. Going from Ohio, up the east coast to Mackinac, Sault St Marie, Western UP, Traverse City, Frankenmuth.

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#1 posted 10-06-2016 05:50 AM

A few worthwhile stops..

-Armstrong in Highland, on M-59. Lots to see, but they’re rustics of the sort who do not recognize / accept plastic. Unbelievable but true, so bring cash, chickens, your sister, etc.
-Restore in Flint carries a variety of “urban lumber.” Price and selection are surprisingly good, and if you’re hungry and thirsty the Soggy Bottom bar is nearby and damn good
-Woodcraft in Saginaw isn’t much for lumber but it’s a nice break from the road
-Woodcraft in Grand Rapids / Kentwood is actually pretty good for lumber. I always make a point of stopping when by. Also, probably due to the local furniture industry, people in that area are almost fanatical about their woodworking. I’ve never experienced anything like it anywhere (I travel a lot for biz and have been in many woodworking stores across the country). On any random day you’re likely to fall into multiple conversations with staffand other patrons. It’s almost like a homecoming.

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#2 posted 10-06-2016 10:04 AM

Let me know when you get to Traverse City. I sell wood and usually have unique stuff.

Down the road from my place is Rare Earth Hardwoods- they stock a lot of exotics.

I have-

American chestnut
American chestnut burl
Black locust
Osage orange

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#3 posted 10-06-2016 10:36 AM

LL Johnson’s Workbench in Charlotte, MI off of I69 southwest of Lansing. They have a great selection of hardwood and exotic hardwood at reasonable prices.

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#4 posted 10-06-2016 11:20 AM

Hickory and Oak Sawmill in Decatur, Michigan.

I was there last week and got good deals on a variety of hardwoods.

It is also near wine country and the wife had to stop, taste and buy.

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#5 posted 10-07-2016 12:43 AM

...rustics of the sort who do not recognize / accept plastic. Unbelievable but true, so bring cash, chickens, your sister, etc.


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