Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Manchester Ctr. VT
Hey matthew, glad to hear you're getting started in the woodturning field. it seems that you are curious where to get seasoned wood. there are several things you can try. depending on where you live, there are almost always local lumber mills and sawmills. I live out in the country and there's 3 within a half hour of where i live. usually you can go to the mills and most times, they've got hardwoods for folks like us. it's usually all dried lumber. even if you can't find thick wood to make stuff, theres nothing wrong with glueing pieces together and making a thick piece. If you really have no lumber mills within even an hour of you. then i'd advise one of 2 things, you could either find some seasoned firewood, which is usually quite seasoned and actually produces some beautiful work sometimes. or look online. ebay is actually a wonderful place to find dried turning blanks, just make sure you read the description as sometimes they are green. i wouldn't reccomend spending a fortune, so i would probably stick to your basic hardwoods, maple and cherry are cheapest and yield beautiful pieces.
I have not heard of the shopfox brand. but for just getting started, it's better than nothing!