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  1. Loogaroo

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    I hope I'm putting this in the correct forum.
    As a wood worker I am always on the lookout for new woods and materials to experiment with even in small quantities. Not all woods are available online or found in all areas so here is my idea:
    List in this forum a wood or material you would like to try out or work with. Someone in an area where it is a readily available or simply has access to can share it and maybe ask for something in return.
    I will kick it off by listing what I am looking for and what I can share easily.

    I am always on the look out for persimmon wood, mesquite and teak.
    I have easy access to apple wood, olive, mulberry, curly willow and the nearly useless cottonwood XD

    Also, maybe you can hit a person up when you see what area they live in and what grows there "Hey John Smith, I notice you live in Springfield Illinois. You have access to any Honey Locust by chance?"
    That sort of thing.

    Just a late night thought. It may be dumb. Love to hear thoughts on it.

    Edit: in compliance with forum rules i want to clarify this is not a thread to sell or trade. It is to give away. If you send something back to the person sending materials then that is up to you. I don't know if this covers any compliance problems with forum policy but I hope it does.
     
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    I like it. But I need it for smoking meat.

    Could use some mesquite.

    Have some walnut the neighbors threw away when their woodworker dad died.
     
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    I have a endless supply of oak,maple,birch,locus,pine,holly
     
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    Are we allowed to transport (ship) wood that has not been properly kiln dried or whatever? Think ASH BORER...
     
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    I make paddles using 4/4 and 5/4 cherry. I have plenty of pieces left over and would love to sell/swap.

    God bless
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    Had not thought of that. Something I will have to look into and ask about.
     
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    Holly would be nifty for making beads. Anything your looking for?
     
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    I've got a few pieces of persimmon from a big branch that fell in a city park this summer. Its been drying for about half a year. Any of this interesting to you?

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    Some bore holes, can't recall if they are from before or after I cut the wood:

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    I also have some sycamore and river birch, also cut this summer.

    I did have some very confused red ash borers flying around my workshop early this past fall. They are a wasp-imitator, which freaked me out at first. I brought them in with the birch I think. I could hear them in the birch wood, then they appeared one by one, now all is quiet.

    Olive is one of my favorite woods. I haven't done anything with this persimmon. What does it carve like?
     
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    Persimmon is American ebony. It isnt black or dark as you can see but it related and very hard and when dry it is very brittle. The grain can be quite attractive.
    I would love some. Olive wood I have for sure. Dry and I sealed the ends with wood glue. Love how it smells when turning. Ill PM you with my info and we can figure out if shipping this stuff will kill us. :4:
     
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    Interesting - the local Native folks here prize cottonwood as one of their most useful woods.
     
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    It really actually is. That is the problem with text is the tone gets lost. Wood workers, bodgers, cane makers and such from what I understand hate the stuff. It isn't particularly pretty, isn't very strong, does not sand well to a fine finish and it splits when dries like the devil. in other ways though it sure is. Easy to dry, easy to burn, cordage, flash tinder, salves, ect. On Youtube bindlestitch1 (Iz in this forum if I'm not mistaken. I'm still learning who everyone is.) has videos about it. http://youtu.be/5f9GUkWegAU
     
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    I have found a good place to get teak and other nice woods sometimes is at a goodwill or other thrift store. there is usually a section for wood items like salad bowls and stuff. many times I have found things made out of teak, Mango wood and other exotic woods. I think people travel, buy this stuff and then end up donating down the road.
     
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    I got Wood! Today I got your package with all the woods. Finally some fatwood to play with too! Tomorrow, I lathe! Thank you so much! Your should be getting there any time. The Olive I sent splits easy and looks pretty sweet.:4:
     
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    thats wild we consider it a trash wood here its every where!
     
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    Same here. Anywhere there's water really. Isn't it a form of poplar?
     
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    yes it is..the really thick bark on some variaties is very nice to carve and has a nice finish when worked and sanded
     
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    Cant wait to get on the lathe tomorrow. Wife is actually making me wait until daylight. Some garbage about machines being loud and waking the neighbors. Women :25:
     
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    I have got some osage orange I would be willing to trade for some birch wood and birch bark.Possibly trade for some other good carving woods as well.
     
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    I have Red Alder & Oak with some cedar.....would like to trade for some birch. Off subject I know but I have plenty of Georgetown Flint I would trade as well....just PM if interested.
     
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    Jimbow i can get you birch on my next outing Sunday how much u want
     
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    I would be interested in some desert ironwood and maybe some ocotillo.
    Missed out on my annual NM pronghorn hunt last year.

    In return, I can offer:
    Hickory
    Oak (many varieties)
    Pecan
    Cedar Elm
    Elm
    Locust
    Mesquite
    Osage Orange
    Black Walnut (limited quantities)

    Some others too.

    Thanks,

    SFH
     
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    Not off the subject at all. I really should have called this a material exchange so that everyone could try out all sorts of new stuff. Example, I have some corian scraps that would make a decent bolster for a stacked handle.
     
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    This is really a great point. The wood I sent off wasn't a problem with contamination or pest spreading. A little homework from anyone sending wood would be a great idea. Some of these critters take off to a new area like wildfire.
     
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    Loogaroo I missed this note until today, thank you for suggesting this exchange. Olive is absolutely my favorite, can't wait to go at it and I'll post the project here when its done. Going to be a knife handle, then another, then another...

    On insect infestations, Loogaroo suggested I microwave the wood before I sent it to him, if I was concerned with transporting varmints. So I did that before popping it into the mail. Seems like a safe measure.
     
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    If you ever need more olive let me know. I just got a bead on some more and bigger pieces that will yield more of that heartwood. Once I get a spoon carving knife I want to make one from the olive. That fatwood you sent is loads of fun and I started turning a fire steel handle from the persimmon.
     
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    WOW! Thanks for the offer!
    Been wanting to carve a Kuksa so whatever that would be. I've seen small logs split in half & then carved out from there. I would like to make at least a 9oz Kuksa....does that help at all?
     
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    I love how this is working out.


    A world without string is chaos.
     
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    Osage Orange

    I could use osage orange, but I am picky.....

    I make primative bows and certain characteristics are necessary.
    1. the length of the stave (pie shaped split from a log) typically needs to be 70"
    2. Harvested in the winter so the water content is low.
    3. The grain cannot be twisted like a barbershop pole (which can be difficult to find in the narly osage)
    4. Would like the growth rings to be as thick as possible (greater than 1/8 inch)

    while I am at it......
    optional 5. delivered by a curvy blond bearing a cold adult beverage.

    If you can provide osage with items 1-4 , let me know. I can provide most other hardwoods, but possibly a better trade would be a completed bow, a bow partially done so you could finish yourself, or possibly attendance at a class I usually put on each year near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where I teach a bunch of bushcrafters how to make primative bows and arrows.
     
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    I'm looking for some birch. Probably a piece 8 or 9 inches long....big enough for a spoon. I have a big supply of cherry, walnut, oak...some hickory, pine, tulip poplar, maple.... They aren't logs or green wood. I'm a woodworker and my Father has a saw mill so it should all be pretty dry and nice wood. I can make scales for handles if you want.

    I just want some birch. :)
     
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    I will keep an eye out. I know we have white birch around here. I'll see if one I know is available to cut hasn't gotten all punky.
     
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    Thanks. I really appreciate it Loogaroo.
     
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    For carving would green be preferred?
     
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    Yeah, it would be nice, but not mandatory. beggars can't be choosers. :)
     
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    Got some today. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1360545650.685993.jpg
    My chubby paw for size reference.
    Should be a few spoons there. Happy to send all I have. Very green. Cut 10 minutes ago.
     
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    I have eastern Hemlock, Birch (yellow and white), Beech, maple (sugar and red), balsam fir, and spruce. I'm looking for wood good for spoons, tool handles and scales.
     
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    I've got to get out and identify more in my area. Lots of Magnolia, Pine and driftwood, and some pine driftwood. Would love to trade if I can find anything useful to trade with...
     
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    If you plan on shipping it green with out kiln drying, I would suggest that you put it in the freezer and freeze it.
    There are a lot of nasty invasive things out there. I would burn all bark and shavings when your done.
    when in doubt check and see if there might be some possible issues
    http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/
    lets you search by plant.
     
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    What a great idea! I have some green madrone, buckeye, and a little redwood, can do just about any size. Looking for ash for baskets, birch for a kuksa, or ash/hickory/yew bowstave. Message me for possible trades.
     
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    I have lots of Madrone and Manzanita, I would like some Osage Orange for axe handles.
     
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    Perhaps its common knowledge here so I will ask.before posting. Do you folks know the proper was to air dry wood for woodworking? Its not the same as drying it for firewood.
     
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    Loogaroo sent me some advice about how to process wood that I'd cut fresh, downed branches and whatnot. Simple things to do to prevent splitting.

    I'd actually really appreciate hearing advice about proper drying. All I do really is prepare to wait a year or two before using the wood.

    Also managing pests is a concern of mine. The one thing my wife doesn't appreciate about this hobby of mine, is that I might bring pests into the house in the wood I'm setting aside. Drying is a measure against insects in the wood, isn't it?
     
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