Joe I have to agree with Vaughn. I would like to see round blanks and deeper than 2" to 3". Most of them on ebay like say big hunks 12" X 5" go for a extremely high price. Just an example was I bid on a 7" X 7" X 9" piece of plain maple. I wanted it to do a hollow form. It went for like $51 or so with shipping. I just can't justify that. Another thing I find these guys don't know how to handle wood and at least 40% of what I have bought has had some checking of some kind. They don't anchorseal the wood or at least not very well. I buy wood off ebay cause I can't get much around here besides Elm, Locust, and Ash. We have jillions of cottonwoods but haven't had much luck turning it. May not be getting the wood at the right time. We also very seldom ever get like fruit tree wood and if we do it is really small. Most times bowls 4" across and 1 1/2" deep.
The other thing that is a killer is shipping. The guys on ebay are trying to make more and more. Now some are adding as much as $4.50 to a $8.10 flat rate box saying it is for packing and handleing. They throw the wood in a box and throw a scrap of bubble wrap or newspaper in. I used to get some pretty good wood off ebay for $10 to $20. Now it is ridiculous. I haven't bought any exotic wood due to out of site prices for almost a year now. I have also noticed a lot of wood business doing the same thing and have noticed their wood prices have esculated since turning has become more popular. I used to buy from 3 on line sources but don't anymore because the are out of my range especially when you tack on shipping.
So like Vaughn and I know of others especially a bunch of us on fixed incomes would like to see some reasonabley low prices that are affordable. I know like anything else price really doesn't matter because there will always be someone there to buy but there would be more to buy if it was like I said affordable.
Joe just my $1.298.
Last edited by Bernie Weishapl; 02-11-2007 at 02:41 PM.
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