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Don, I am not a turner but you can ask permission to saw up a fallen tree and get wood like that. If I understand it right you would have to turn it part of the way and set it up to dry for a year or so. Once you get it going you continue to cut free wood and start turning bowls to sell or keep. That ain't bad. :vs_cool:
 

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A lot of the wood I use to turn bowls and spindles is laminated I just glue planed 4/4 stock to build a block


Ash works pretty good and is pretty cheap, and since they now have Titebond III it is water proof
 

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Many wood turners get their wood from local tree removal services. Often they will give you what you can handle for free. Some turners offer a bowl or other turned item in return for the continued relationship. When I am driving around the area I often see tree pieces at the curb and asking the homeowner if you can take it usually results in a Thank You for taking it comment.

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Dave
 
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