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Forum topic by Tyr posted 11-09-2014 04:30 PM 1018 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2014 04:30 PM

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Hi All,
This is my first post and in honesty I feel a little like an idiot for having to ask this but I have failed in my attempts to answer this myself. I am really hoping someone on here may have had a similar experience and can give some assistance/advice.

Me and my wife just relocated to Paris France, we are in the 19th arrondissements currently but we will soon be moving out just east of the city. I am wondering where I can purchase some lumber? I am looking to make a spring pool lathe and maybe a shave horse. I just need some 2×4’s/2×6’s…etc, I am not really even too concerned over what kind of wood it is. I am having trouble locating anything like a Home Depot or Lowes. I went into a Bricorama to get some basic tools but i didn’t see any wood to buy. Admittedly I am sure that the fact that I am still learning french and have a difficult time communicating with any one who doesn’t speak english is the main reason that I am having trouble locating lumber.

Additionally, if anyone has any information on a place to purchase some nice wood (even maybe some burls) for some projects like bowls, cutting boards..etc. It would be greatly appreciated.

Lastly, In all the parks around the city… Does anyone know if there are any restrictions on taking wood from the parks? I obviously wouldn’t take down a live tree but are there any restrictions on taking naturally fallen wood or any trees that have been felled by park staff? I just want to check.

Thanks in advance for any assistance, I realize the questions are a little random. I am just trying to get my bearings in a new country.

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#1 posted 11-09-2014 07:42 PM

Castorama and Leroy-Merlin are pretty much European versions of HD – you can certainly buy dimensional lumber at both. The ones I’ve been to generally have it outside under the roofed-in but open section. Inside they generally have the nicer wood. They’ll probably refer to construction lumber as “bois de charpente”.
I can’t help you on laws regarding fallen trees. Ask the next parc employee you see.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#2 posted 11-10-2014 08:30 AM

Jeremy, Thank you so much for this info. It looks like these stores will have what I need. It’s funny in all my searching I never even came across these two stores but from their websites it looks like they are both fairly close by.
In regards to the fallen trees. I will ask a park employee when I see one. Oddly enough I haven’t come across a park employee in any of the parks I have been in yet, maybe there is my answer.
Thanks again, this is a huge help to me.

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#3 posted 11-10-2014 02:23 PM

Contact Thomas with a PM.
He lives in Paris, is bilingual and is a really nice guy. I’m sure he could direct you to what ever you need.
I bought some very fine veneer last time I was in Paris but the place I bought it only carries hardwoods and veneers.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 11-10-2014 03:14 PM

Try asking these people:

I lived in Paris a few years ago and they were just getting set up with their classes. They don’t sell wood but would likely know where to get it.

-- @craftcollectif ,,

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#5 posted 11-10-2014 06:40 PM

Guys, this is all great information. Thank you so much for your help it is greatly appreciated!

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#6 posted 11-10-2014 06:47 PM

This is one of the Great things about Lumberjocks , no matter where you are in the world you can find help about woodworking here.

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