Hardwood in Tri-Cities, TN Area

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Forum topic by Sunstealer73 posted 09-03-2012 12:58 AM 5169 views 2 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2012 12:58 AM

Anyone here from the Tri-Cities or Southwest-VA that can tell me some places to get good kiln-dried rough hardwood? I built stuff years ago in high school and college, but got out of it. I just finished building a new shop and have all my tools setup and ready to go. The place I used back then was called The Wood Shop in Bristol, VA. They are long out of business though. Woodfinder doesn’t shop anything nearby other than Woodcraft, Lowes, and Home Depot. A potential place called Sustainable Lumber in Rogersville, TN seems to be shutting down after the owner passed away. I have searched online, in yellow pages, classifieds, etc.

I have a pretty good pile of reclaimed Chestnut that I have started cleaning, jointing, and planing. I need some oak and cherry too though. I can’t travel too far since I don’t trust my old beater truck for much over an hour away.

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 06:51 PM

Did you ever find a supplier in the Tri-Cities or Southwest VA area? I have been trying to locate one as well, i have also been looking in eastern KY. The only one that i have found so far is Bannish Rickard Lumber on State street Bristol,TN
If you ever find somewhere else, please let me know.

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 06:57 PM

I have been looking in that area for a friend and found about 8 in and around JC.
I didn’t limit my search to “Hardwood” or such, I went to the source, “Sawmills near Telford, TN.”

Lot’s of sawmills have kilns and will sell small lots if you don’t need it planed and jointed S2s or S4S.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 07:11 PM

That part of the country is so covered up in hardwood I never thought about it being hard to find someone to sell you some.

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#4 posted 12-14-2012 01:00 AM

I think I ‘m gonn’na cry…
Going to be leaving L.A. (that’s Lower Aladamnbama Ya’ll) the land of nothing but pine and more pine and moving to Greenevile Tn. I thought I would be in hardwood heaven….
Have you tried Craigs list? I have seen a few hobby type sawers advertising there….

-- I'm not a fast woodworker nor a slow one. I'm a halfaste one

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#5 posted 12-14-2012 01:06 AM

There are tons of sawmills around that will sell you green or air-dried locally available woods. Getting kiln-dried and more exotic stuff seems tough though. The Heartwood is near my house and I e-mailed one of the members of their artisan guild that had a nice walnut chest on display there. He said he gets most of his from Bannish Rickard in Bristol. I went by there on a Saturday, but they were already closed. I haven’t had a chance to go back by there yet.

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#6 posted 12-14-2012 12:55 PM

I cut, dry, and sell hardwood for woodworkers, and advertise on Craigslist. A lot of Sawyers use Craigslist.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#7 posted 12-14-2012 01:03 PM

I’m just down the road from you near Knoxville. Plenty of air dried hardwood around me. What kind you looking for? Here’s how i find lumber. Go to a fast food joint on the outskirt of town EARLY in the morning. Just ask the coffee drinkers if they know someone who has any hardwood. You’ll be suprised what you may find. Thats how i found 16”x10’x4/4 mulberry had been in a barn for 6 years.

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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#8 posted 11-28-2013 08:06 PM

Bringing up an old post with an update. I went by Bannish Rickard on Hazelwood St in Bristol this week. Really nice people with a great selection of wood and really good pricing too. All I needed this trip was some cedar, but I’ll definitely be going back. I walked around the yard while they were helping someone else and they have a great selection of all the common hardwoods.

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