Purchasing Large Exotic Blanks

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  1. Rusty Fleeman

    Rusty Fleeman

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    I am in search of medium to large exotic bowl blanks. Who do you recommend for such purchases?
     
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    Rusty,

    Pete Richardson - Viable lumber in St Pete has a lot of exotics from trees grown in Florida. Rose woods, mahogany, camphor, NIP, red gum eucalyptus, lemon eucalyptus, monkey pod, and many others....... Pete has become one of the largest suppliers of rosewood in the US. He is an urban forester and his inventory was headed for the dump. By far the most ecological source of exotic turning wood. He can provide huge blanks 4-5 feet in diameter for some species.

    http://viablelumber.com/inventory/

    Steve at Blanks for you is another good source for Florida grown exotics
    http://www.woodturningblanks4u.com/turning-wood.html

    James Lie - Amazon exotic hardwood. Can get you almost any species
    http://www.amazonexotichardwoods.com
    All of these guys know woodturning and they treat people well, Al
     
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  3. Jamie Straw

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    Curious mind wants to know, what is NIP?
     
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    The winner is. I should have thought about you north westerners.
    Sorry about that.
     
  6. Bill Boehme

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    Al, your last link is the same as your second one.
     
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    After struggling against Google which kept telling me I didn't know how to spell and sending me off to a book author, I finally located the right link: http://www.amazonexotichardwoods.com
     
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    I fixed it ... Thanks.

    I see you found it clever person that you are.
     
  9. Rusty Fleeman

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    Thank you for posts. These should give me a few options I have not yet explored!
     
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    I agree. I've been very pleased with the burls that I have purchased from them.
     
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    wow some nice burls there! I better get a lot better before I start spending that kind of money on wood!
     
  13. Rusty Fleeman

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    Currently, I get my Aussie burl from
    Leetreewoodworks.Com
     
  14. Rusty Fleeman

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    Sounds great! Thand for the info!
     
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    If you do some searching, you will find their less expensive ones in the $25 to $40 range that are roughly 8" to 10" diameter.
     
  16. Hy Tran

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    The store formerly known as Albuquerque Exotic Woods, now renamed "My World of Wood" carries both domestic and tropical woods in good sizes. I've never bought online from them (they're local to me). They're trying to set up an internet store front. If you have difficulties, they're pretty good on the phone.

    They will cut boards to size; I saw a 2" thick slab of orange osage, and had them cut me a 2-ft piece, rather than buying the whole board.

    They will be exhibiting at the Atlanta symposium.

    Hope that gives you another option.

    Best of luck!
     

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