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    I've seen a number of projects that used wood with bark. I'd like to do some rustic pieces but can't find any locally. Any ideas on where to look?

    On the other hand, yesterday, I thought I died and went to heaven. I went to a hardwood retailer in Portland, OR, and couldn't believe my eyes. Wonderful selections all over. As long as the pieces left after cutting were over 6' tall, they'd cut whatever you wanted. Picked up 2 ft each of Jatoba, Walnut and Hickory. All were 4/4 so I'm headed over to a Buddy's to re-saw to 1/4" thick.

    Harris

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    try emailing or calling petersons custom lumber. Good folks, and they help support scrollsawing at many levels. Their prices are usually the best you will find, and their wood, always great. www.petersonscustomlumber.com another place to try is ocooch hardwoods. www.ocoochhardwoods.com
    Dale w/ yella saws

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    • #3
      Try the lumber mills where they make the lumber from the tree onsite- we have several of those here that sometimes will almost give it away- but rember that what you get from the lumber mill is still green and will have to be cured by you unless you are lucky enough to have your own kiln-- I use to buy that way and got a whole huge tree for less than $100, but I dried it myself .. worked well for me and I always had a supply of good wood.
      Sharon

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      • #4
        ohhhh one more thing-- if you go to the mill --ask for the "culls" sometimes that is free--

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        • #5
          Another secret is that not all slabs are real. I have read about people removing and regluing bark to get a better looking "natural" edge. While not a scrolliong project, I am thinking about making a fake stump, complete with bark, for a manhole cover in my backyard.
          Last edited by arbarnhart; 01-18-2006, 04:57 PM.
          -Andy

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          • #6
            an idea to ponder after that last post . Take your hunk of wood, and set your saw table at a random angle, and cut around the outside of your slab. Then, using a torch, lightle scorch the outer edges to give the appearance of a dark bark around your wood. Then, sand the face of the board good (this is one more thing a performax is useful for) before scrolling. We once bought a couple pieces of butternut that were prepped this way, and it looks really nice.
            Dale w/ yella saws

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            • #7
              I look out my front door and see more slabs with bark than you could ever want -- windstorms have left Connecticut covered with fallen trees!

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              • #8
                looking for help

                I was wundering if anyone could tell me where i might be able to get mini
                shingles thanks Brenda

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                • #9
                  http://www.eloradollhouse.com/Content/23.html
                  http://www.customdollhouse.com/shingles.htm
                  http://www.minishop.com/motts/webpag...6&WebPage_ID=5

                  theres a few!
                  Dale w/ yella saws

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                  • #10
                    thanks

                    thank you lucky I'm finaly getting started on my clock...

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                    • #11
                      You are welcome!Glad to help. I'd like to see it once you get it done. Sounds like a fun project! Dale
                      Dale w/ yella saws

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                      • #12
                        slabs with bark

                        Originally posted by harrisg
                        I've seen a number of projects that used wood with bark. I'd like to do some rustic pieces but can't find any locally. Any ideas on where to look?

                        On the other hand, yesterday, I thought I died and went to heaven. I went to a hardwood retailer in Portland, OR, and couldn't believe my eyes. Wonderful selections all over. As long as the pieces left after cutting were over 6' tall, they'd cut whatever you wanted. Picked up 2 ft each of Jatoba, Walnut and Hickory. All were 4/4 so I'm headed over to a Buddy's to re-saw to 1/4" thick.

                        Harris
                        Harris, the slabs with bark are not common to this area but you can find them at most of the woodcarving shows. We participate in most of the shows in Washington and most of us vendors have some slabs with bark on them. Of course they are not from Washington, we import them...
                        Nedra Denison
                        http://sawdustconnection.com
                        http://picturetrail.com/nedraspyrography

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                        • #13
                          Wood With Bark

                          Harris, I Work With Nothing But Slabs. I Get Most Of My Wood Shiped To Me From California. All Types Of Wood, Some With Bark , Some With Just Natural Edges And Like Someone Else Said, I Burn The Edges That Dosent Have Bark. I Take A Grinder And Rough Up The Edges And Then A Drill With A Wire Brush Attached And It Make The Edhes Look More Natural. Then I Will Burn Them And The Take A Hand Wire Brush And Go Over Them To Knock Off The Excess Ash And They Come Out Great. If You Are Just Looking For Something Different, Look Into"redwood Burl On Ebay" Enter It Just Like That And You Will Find Some Great Rustic Wood. May Be Thicker Than What You Want But I Like To Work With 3/4 Inch Wood Slabs. Sells Like All Hell!!!! Good Luck

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                          • #14
                            You can pick up nice slabs from the Handsome woodman (he has a link on this site). I also occasionally use basswood rounds, these can be found at Wal-Mart, Michael's, AC Moore, the Rag Shop, Joanne Fabrics, etc. etc.

                            Kevin
                            Kevin
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                            Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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