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:
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.
Turning wood grows on trees and is everywhere free for the taking. The greatest joy of woodturning is turning freshly cut green wood. Sometimes it is cut and stacked next to the curb and sometimes you can offer to help cut up the tree if you have a chain saw.
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