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Luke Owens
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Finding wood to turn in California
Oct 9th, 2017 at 7:32pm
 
A problem i have been facing right now is finding wood to turn. Being in Mill Valley California there is a huge selection but I can never seem to find any. Im looking for wood that has been cut down that i could salvage ie: walnut oak maple ECT, it does not have to be clean it can be logs that I can process with a chainsaw. Also im 15 so it can be difficult to find wood. Does anyone know some mills or places to get wood? Thanks!
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Re: Finding wood to turn in California
Reply #1 - Oct 9th, 2017 at 10:43pm
 
Can you get someone to drive you around? Contact a few tree trimming sevices and ask if they would let you know when they are cutting one of the hardwoods down. They have to pay to dispose of their cuttings and the large trunk pieces can't be chipped so they are usually happy to get rid those. I make sure to bring them a bowl or whatever I am making.
Contact the city arborist and ask if you can get them to allow you to get wood from them.
There is a woodturning club in your area. Members are another great source.
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Re: Finding wood to turn in California
Reply #2 - Oct 10th, 2017 at 10:26pm
 
Luke, is there a yard where blowdown trees and scrap lumber is dumped or stored in your area? Most large cities have one, you can usually pick through the trees there.
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Re: Finding wood to turn in California
Reply #3 - Oct 11th, 2017 at 7:48am
 
Second the suggestion to look into a local woodturning group.  Ours is a source of blanks for members.
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Re: Finding wood to turn in California
Reply #4 - Oct 11th, 2017 at 8:33am
 
Also keep an eye on Craiglist.  Sometimes folks will post in the free section when they cut down a tree.
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Reply #5 - Oct 12th, 2017 at 1:00pm
 
Thank you everyone for the ideas! I will certainly look into them.

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Re: Finding wood to turn in California
Reply #6 - Oct 12th, 2017 at 4:23pm
 
Ok... I know I shouldn't give you this secret for getting wood, but I'm sure no one is reading this right now.

You drive around the neighborhood and once you find a really nice tree you like,  you come back late at night with an electric chain saw and... well, you know the rest. Thumbs Up

The good thing about it is  that late at night, it will sound like someone snoring!!!

Be careful of the timing tho... there are certain times during the night that older men get up to pee. They might hear/ see you. Shocked



Also, ask at State Parks about any tree clearing they might be doing and if you could be on their list.

As for the tree service people, for a bit of a fee, they just might even drop of the whole truckload.

I had one drop off 6 logs for $100!! A major amount of wood in  one pile!!

As for driving around looking... on weekends drive around LISTENING for the sound of chain saws. I'm sure you could get some nice stuff that way.
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