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Forum topic by Raftermonkey posted 10-23-2013 12:29 AM 930 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2013 12:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question carving turning

What’s up LJ’s, is it just me or has the price of wood, particularly bowl blanks gone out of the roof? I took a break for a while and am getting back in the swing of things and I am shocked at some of the prices I am seeing blanks go for. Did I miss the boat? Did everybody else get rich off there woodwork while I was out and become able to pay these higher prices? What did I miss?

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#1 posted 10-23-2013 01:09 AM

I haven’t been able to afford a bowl blank in years. At least you’re in a state that has trees, so there’s always a chance you can stumble on some freebies.

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#2 posted 10-23-2013 01:17 AM

What bowl blanks? Mine are free. Where do you go to buy bowl blanks?? I thought you just cut a log in half lengthwise and use one half for the blank.
I do go to stores that sell wood and it is really expensive for exotics. I usually don’t buy any- just like to look. but If you buy a thick piece to make a bowl, I can see it being $15 and up per board foot!........Jim

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#3 posted 10-23-2013 01:35 AM

I see this question all the time.With bowls blanks all the wood turners I know get it free from tree trimmers.Never met a wood turner ready to spend good money on lumber.With lumber easy answer cost of production business etc never gets cheaper.

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#4 posted 10-23-2013 01:50 AM

Isn’t a ‘bowl blank’ just a block of solid wood or laminated wood?

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