|Forum topic by Spoontaneous||posted 01-30-2012 04:36 AM||1095 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
01-30-2012 04:36 AM
I needed some walnut lumber to use for spoons and Saturday morning I set about trying to find a store here in my area of So. Florida that had some. I called Lowe’s and they said nope, I called every lumber yard I could find in the online directories (half of which have evidently closed their doors). No walnut anywhere! Back in KY there must have been 15 different places in my town to buy domestic lumbers.
So I checked out craigs list and sure enough there was one ad offering an assortment of wood.. and much of it was short pieces of 1” walnut. The feller wanted $150 for the pile but was kind enough to give me a break and I proceeded to completely fill my little Honda to the gills.
What I had noticed in looking at the wood was several ‘exotic’ pieces like purple heart, ziricote, rosewood, bubinga and some what I think is lignum vitae. A fair amount of mahogany, some oak, and several large pieces of basswood. All of it plenty big enough for spoon carving.
Well, while I am sort of gloating… I should mention that back in late October I took a road trip to KY and VA. I visited my brother on his mountain top property and he had just gotten out of the woodworking ‘hobby’. He had sold his tools at auction but had one piece left over that he didn’t want to let go of at auction prices. He had just recently bought this ‘Jointech’ table for $1100 + and thought I might like to have it.
He threw in the attached 3hp router, a couple of boxes of router bits, all the fences, books, templates and the such. Now, I don’t even have a clue how to use the dang thing, but I carried it home like a trophy buck. One of these days I will get a chance to mess with it… but for now it makes a good table to set things on.
All in all a good take.
-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)