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    Freecycle experiment

    I just posted a message on the two closest Freecycle boards, asking for wet wood for turning. Hopefully I get a few responses and will be going to harvest some wood for the abyss.
    -Ned

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    We've given lots of landscaping away on Freecycle. It even kept us from digging it up! I had a dishwasher I was going to get from someone one time, but they lost our email and sold it to someone! I thought that was a little rude. Otherwise, it's a good deal, both ways! Jim.
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    Sounds like a good approach, Ned. I'll be interested to see what kind of results you get.
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    text of my post

    Here's the ad I posted on one of the two, the other was similar


    WANTED: Downed Trees or Logs for woodworking on the lathe
    Do you have any recently downed trees that you're looking to get rid
    of? I've recently bought a lathe, and am looking for turning stock to
    learn with. Any species will do, any size (up to a point, I don't have
    a chainsaw, but if it is already cut up it will work). Newly downed
    or 'wet' wood works better for turning than older wood 'dry'. I'll
    gladly pick up any that you're willing to part with, even just a couple
    of pieces will help. Thanks for looking!
    -Ned

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    Ned,

    This is neat. I really didn't know that this group existed. So.... I checked and there is a group right here in my town! I joined! This should be fun. Thanks for the post.
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    Freecycle is a pretty cool group. I find the members are much more reliable when they say they will pick up an item than contacts from Craig's List.

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    Just sitting here thinking that it must really suck to have to look for wood on freecycle. When you are like me or Travis if you need a tree you just go cut one. If you want it spalted you just leave it out for awhile. If you want a burl you just look a little harder.I don't have the acreage Travis does but I have axes to a far amount of land to cut on.
    Some times you need a post like this to remind us of some of the simple things that are readily availably in some places and have to be searched for in others.
    Good luck on your quest Ned

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    Chuck, it is a bit of a challenge here in the big city, and I'm envious of you guys who can just go out back and grab something.

    Ned, if the Freecycle idea doesn't pan out, have you looked for local firewood lots? That's worked for me.
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    Just got an offer from a local couple, just one town over from me, who have both pine and some hardwoods, and even offered to help me cut just what I want, using their chainsaw!

    I've also spotted a bunch of downed trees, but haven't chosen to stop and ask about obtaining a couple of logs.

    Chuck,
    I live 'rural', but other than a few black ash trees on our property, I don't have any turning stock available, short of the kindness of others. I'd be very happy to have a plot of land with some timber on it.

    Vaughn, I'll see what I can find on that front as well. thanks for the tip!
    -Ned

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    Yeah, try Tokyo where most people don't even know what a lathe is

    But I've been doing OK
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