Hi, forgive me if this is the wrong area of the forum to post this question- I'm new to the forum and a newbie to woodworking in general. So far, I've made my bench, a set of adirondack chairs, a night stand and a blanket chest- I've been happy with the results and have been reading and trying to absorb as much information about becoming a quality craftsman as possible and I am already starting to see some improvement in my projects as well as less head scratching in the process.
I'm ready to take the next step in woodworking and start buying roughsawn hardwoods to mill down on my own for my projects. I have acquired a planer and jointer, but I'm starting to realize that buying hardwoods this way is not nearly as user friendly as going to the big box store and signing over the rights to your first born child in exchange for some pre-dimensioned lumber. I live in Brunswick, ME and wonder if there is anyone from the area who can point me in the direction of the most newbie-friendly source for buying hardwoods. It's a little intimidating since I really don't know anything about buying hardwoods- I've found two places that seem to sell it, Fat Andy's and Mainecoast Lumber, but I don't know if they intend to focus more to hobbyists like me or to professionals. Is it possible to go directly to a sawmill and buy lumber? And if so, where do you do it?
Sorry for the basic level of questions, but I feel that there is a dearth of information on the net about how a new woodworker should go about finding and buying hardwoods. I've seen myriad articles about the grades of wood and why it's better to surface it yourself rather than buying it from the big box, but I just wonder how to actually find the materials in the first place.
Thanks for your help.