zacker seems like youve got the right idea. The best way to find wood in my opinion is to drive around neighborhoods after storms hit. Thats what I did when I first started out. but eventually that wasnt good enough so I quit my job and started working for a tree service! lol may not be the most practical of choices but it has given me access to pretty much anything I can think of. Im always on the look out for burls when Im driving. Sometimes if I see a really good one Ill pull in and knock on the door and see if they would mind me taking it. Most people could care less. Also keeping in contact with as many people as possible helps a ton. Telling all your friends relatives or whatever that you are on the lookout for wood will get you plenty of phone calls. If you are passionate about what you are doing then other people tend to follow and offer help
Im sure others will add to this but thats how I get mine happy turnin,
I wish I found some nice burls around here.... that would rock! I could go and ask for interesting parts of downed trees though, good idea. the thing is that around here almost everyone still uses a wood stove and not a pellet stove so everyone keept their wood. Although with so many people have alot of wooded acres so maybe if they have downed trees in their woods, they wont mind giving some of the parts away..
rough turn your projects whether it's a bowl or a box. Put them up to dry. In my area they take from 3 months to 6 months depending on the wood, thickness, time of year etc.
cool... I was wondering how to do this. I can get alot of wood around here but its mostly green and ends up splitting before its dry enough to turn.
yep, thats it... I saw it for sale on some site and looked into it more then found it on another wood turning site and then watched the youtube video... works good too, the little pots stay together well, and you can use a tiny slice of tape to hold the top togethre, or wrap it a bit crooked and fold over the top corner.
good advice on the tree guys... I bet they see all sorts of stuff they dont even think about.
I don't know if there is much oilfield activity in your area but I spend a lot of time in Oklahoma and the drilling is rampant right now. When they build pipelines and power lines to service wells they cut a 30' swath through whatever is in the way and either chip it or leave it to rot...miles and miles of it. It's sickening to see what's going to waste. I'm turnin as fast as I can. Maybe that's something to keep an eye out for where you are.
no oil drilling here but some new housing developments going up soon. the problem here is alot of folks burn wood so when these companies cut down trees they will hre local tree guys to come in and cut it and haul it off to be sold as firewood.. same thing with rock like CT field stone, they dig it out and pile it up and either take it to sell or sell it to some local stone dealer... or use it on the property for stone walls and such.
but, there are some great tips here.... now to go out and find the good stuff!!