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Brian Sims

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10-31-2014 11:42 AM

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As a custom woodcarver I often find myself in need of odd sizes of wood, could be extra wide stock or larger blocks than you can normally find. For instance, right now I need a block of hardwood 18” x 18” x 18”, preferably not green. The carving will not work as well with a glued up block. Anybody have a source? I appreciate any help! Thanks

-- Brian, Ohio,,

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#1 posted 11-01-2014 12:54 AM

Any sawmill should be able to mill 18×18 beams that can be chainsawed to length. Won’t be dry and not sure about kiln drying something that thick.

Maybe finding a standing dead tree about 20-24” in diameter and cutting your own with a chainsaw?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 11-01-2014 03:37 PM

Find dealers in reclaimed lumber who sell old beams from demolished buildings. 18” is pushing the limits but not impossible. A lot of the timbers are heart pine which is anything but soft. My company has had 12” x 12” green oak timbers dried in a microwave kiln down to 12% in a week. Oak is prone to internal checking but other woods less so.
I’ll check our inventory. Might have something. Won’t be cheap…

-- Working smarter with less tools is a true crafts person...

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#3 posted 11-01-2014 03:44 PM

I might have a piece of walnut that size or close. PM me.

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