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where to purchase air-dried wood8/2
I'm working on a project where I plan to use steam bending, and I'd like to get some air dried wood for this purpose. I've looked around the web and called various places but haven't been able to locate someone that sells air dried wood. My preference is Hickory but at this point I would change wood species if I could find it available air-dried.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Knowing where you are at would certainly help...
Contact Wood-Mizer bandsaw mills and they will point you towards a small sawmill operator close to you. Once you make that connection, the sawmill owner should be able to point you in the right direction.
Note that you will get many more splitting failures when bending a severe bend with flatsawn lumber, compared to quartersawn.
If you dont know of local custom sawing operations you might try going to someplace like Woodmizer and looking at their owner search to find a custom sawyer in your area. Someone who is sawing on a small mill will likley be your best chance of finding someone with material that has been properly stickered and stacked (air dried). No way to say for certain but other than very thick slabs I honestly have never come in contact with an outlet selling retail lumber that deals in air-dried. The norm is to offer KD, bug kill, other than in thickness.
Thanks everyone for your responses on this thread. I ended up finding a local sawmill that sells a variety of species of air-dried wood. He didn't have hickory but I decided to change species (ended up using elm) because I found hickory really difficult to shape with a router -- it would catch on the blades really easily and tear out/split/gouge.