Where do you Southern NE guys get Walnut?

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07-22-2013 04:00 AM

I was getting mine at the woodcraft in West Springfield, but they don’t have it anymore. I was paying about 6.00/bf for skip dressed 4/4 that I could get a clean 15/16’s out of. My only other option locally is CWG which is almost 10.00/bf and there stuff planes down to about 3/4. They have 1 common, but even with careful cutlines, I am getting close to 50% waste out of the boards. Also their stuff is packed really tight in the racks, and is 14 feet long. That makes sifting though the rack on the second floor difficult.

Any good local spots to get some, or any online places that would be worth it after I paid for shipping?

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#1 posted 07-22-2013 04:20 AM

There are a few places near Cambridge, and there’s Downes and Reader down in Stoughton, but both are too east for you I think.

There are a couple of guys on CL though that advertise once in a while nice stock at very attractive prices (maple, cherry, walnut, and other species) I’ll pink you if/when I see those posts.

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#2 posted 07-22-2013 04:20 AM

Try using SearchTempest to do a Craigs List search based from your zipcode/area. -Jack

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#3 posted 07-22-2013 04:52 AM

Where in MA are you? West Springfield is pretty far from me (Waltham), but if you’re up for a drive, Highland Hardwoods in Epping (or maybe it’s Brentwood) NH is a really good place. Downes and Reader is pretty quality too. Not so sure out by Springfield though. You might be in for a bit of a drive. Also CL like others have said.

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#4 posted 07-22-2013 04:55 AM

Might be worthwhile to get in touch with Steve Branam ( He is in central MA and might have some better suggestions for you. Read his blog too if you haven’t it’s very good.

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#5 posted 07-22-2013 05:03 AM

Parkerville Wood Products in Manchester, CT is where I used to go. It’s about 40 min from West Springfield.

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#6 posted 07-23-2013 02:21 AM

I agree with checking Craigslist because local sawyers like myself saw, dry, and sell walnut, and generally you can buy it for a good bit less than at the retail store if you can take it rough sawn and unplaned.

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#7 posted 07-23-2013 05:54 PM

These guys recently opened for retail customers in CT…

I go to Windham on a regular basis, and have been meaning to slip over to Danielson and check it out, but I haven’t yet.

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#8 posted 07-23-2013 06:08 PM

I’ve had some good luck on CL. One batch was from a cabinet shop going out of business and another was from a contractor who bought it for a project that fell through.

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#9 posted 07-23-2013 06:38 PM

Joe – ive got a contact at a sawmill up in Barkhamsted CT probably 45 minutes from you but his prices are right. All rough cut stuff, air dried. He’s the owner of the mill and the barns gotta hold a couple humdred thousand board feet of native lumber. His father ran it before him and hes gotta be in his 50’s. Some stuff could be 75 years old in there.

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#10 posted 07-23-2013 06:51 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions! Chris, I’m going to give that guy a shout

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#11 posted 07-23-2013 06:54 PM

Forest products, greenfield, ma

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