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    Where do you buy exotic woods?

    I'm hoping to buy a small quantity of kiln-dried bloodwood, but I'm not sure where to buy it. The stuff I've got, while quite cheap, is relatively pale in color, and since I only need a little bit (two pieces roughly 3/8" x 4" x 4"), I figure I ought to go for the good stuff. Where do you buy your fancy wood?


    Also, if anyone knows where to buy the following, I'd appreciate the tip:

    -Kiln-dried rengas wood (you can only get it in turning blocks)
    -Very thin pieces (1/8") of ambonya burl. Veneer might work, too.
    -Kiln-dried redwood burl.

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    I have 2 local yards that specialize in cool wood.
    Just checked one of there web sites and they don't have what you are looking for listed. http://www.highlandhardwoods.com/
    Here ya go these guys are great to deal with. http://www.goosebaylumber.com/Exotics.htm
    Last edited by Chuck Thoits; 12-31-2009 at 11:13 PM.
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    I have a local yard that specializes in exotic woods also... If you get down TN way, I'll point you in the right direction.
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    In Idaho QSWO is an exotic! (At least it's priced like one)

    I can buy ribbon African mahogany for about $2 a bf less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    In Idaho QSWO is an exotic! (At least it's priced like one)

    I can buy ribbon African mahogany for about $2 a bf less.
    As I recall from all those years of living there... anything but lodgepole pine & douglas fir is an exotic...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    Shhhhhhh it's a secret
    I have 2 local yards that specialize in cool wood.
    Just checked one of there web sites and they don't have what you are looking for listed. http://www.highlandhardwoods.com/
    Here ya go these guys are great to deal with. http://www.goosebaylumber.com/Exotics.htm
    Goosebay looks pretty excellent, and they have affordable amboyna burl! I'm a little bit nervous on using veneer on something that's going to be worn and bashed about, but some 1/8" wood should do very nicely. (Hopefully they'll have something suitable in stock.)

    One other thing I'm looking for is "thick veneers" for making black lines in laminates. I've seen it used all over the place, but I can't seem to find it. Any pointers?

    I'd also like to buy some miscellaneous short scraps of inlay strips for making earrings - is there a place that sells such a thing? Most places will sell you short strips, but only of one type per ~$20 order - and you don't get to pick.

    One problem I've had is that most bloodwood isn't that red - it varies a lot from tree to tree, where the wood is from, et cetera. I have some relatively cheap stuff I bought on eBay that's a bit pale for my liking - is there any chance I could touch it up a bit with some sort of dye?

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    Thin vaneers are the norm. If you want thicher ones your best bet is to get some stock and resaw your own.

    Sorry but thats just the way it is.
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    Check out the penturing sites and suppliers. You should be able to get pen blanks in Bloodwood. I like turning b'wood, easy, turns clean, smells nice, especially during full moon.
    If I get unlazy later, I'll check my many boxes of pen blanks and see if I have any. Wats it worth to ye?
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