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Forum topic by gcap74 posted 02-06-2014 10:59 AM 1268 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2014 10:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question mahogany maple juniper utah

Hi everyone!

I am very very new to wood working but so far this forum has been a great tool….

I am doing a small gift for someone and decided to make a wooden spoon for them. It will be my first spoon and I am excited to try it.

The person receiving the gift is a native of Utah now living on the East Coast (I am also on the East Coast). So I thought it would be a really great gift if I could carve the spoon out of a native Utah tree. Some research tells me that my best bets may be:

Mountain Mahogany
Rocky Mountain Maple
Utah Juniper

However I can’t seem to find any on-line sellers who sell the stuff. Does anyone know a good source of these (or other) native Utah lumber that can be shipped?

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#1 posted 02-07-2014 09:41 PM

Just buy something else and just tell him it’s one of those. He’ll never know


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#2 posted 02-07-2014 09:59 PM

I don’t believe any of those species are available commercially. If you live in Utah you might find someone with a small mill that might have the juniper

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 02-08-2014 02:50 AM

Maybe try a WTB on Craigslist. in the more rural areas of the state? Somebody might be willing to make a few bucks sending you a hunk of one of those species in a priority mail box. Mountain Mahogany is very heavy and dense, Juniper relatively light and easy to work.

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#4 posted 02-08-2014 07:31 AM

I assume that your friend has friends or family still residing in Utah? Contact one of them and ask them to pick up a chunk of whatever and send it to you. Almost everyone in Utah lives in or within minutes of mountains and trees. Even in the desert canyons of Southern Utah, there is Zion NP, Pine Mountain, Snow Canyon, you name it.

If your friend has absolutely no friends or family in Utah, look up and call any firewood company and tell them you want to purchase something slightly less than a cord. Then tell em your spoon story. That will crack them up but I’d bet my jello-covered-in-fry-sauce, that they’ll pick out the best chunk on the truck and sent it to you.

If that fails then I’ll put you in touch with the Mormon missionaries and they’ll personally sent you a chunk of something sacred along with a Book of Mormon at no obligation.

Yeah, contrary to what you hear, we have a lot of fun here.

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#5 posted 02-08-2014 10:29 AM

Has to be Blue Spruce, the state tree of Utah

Utah State Tree – Blue Spruce – State Symbols USA.

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