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    Hi, I'm a tree surgeon who recently got into knife making and started sawing up some of the interesting bits of wood that we have in the yard. I started shopping on line for bits and bobs and discovered there's a whole world of blanks from all kinds of wood not just for knives but for pens and other things. I have way more wood than I will ever use for my own projects so I have decided to try and find a retailer for some blanks. The issue is I don't understand the market at all. Some places are selling a knife blank / scale for up to Ģ60 whereas others may be selling bits for Ģ3. I realise that dying and stabilising adds value but even then the differences seem huge. I don't want to sell off all my burry elm for rock bottom rates, but I also don't want to make it so expensive that I cant sell any. I just don't have the time to run an on line or eBay shop so I'll need to sell through someone who does. This means I'll be selling at half retail price or thereabouts but I don't mind that if I can sell a decent quantity. So I'd just like to ask what are you guys wanting from a blank? stabilised? dyed? dried?

    Thanks for your time!

    Tom


     
     
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    Hi there Tom. I take it you are in the UK. If you are on Facebook. Here is a list of woodturning and pen making groups. For my sins, I concentrate on pen turning, but do the odd project such as bowls and goblets. I hasten to add that I have my own supplier for blanks, who is very competitive and reliable. Here is the FB list. Woodturning UK and Ireland public group | Facebook. UK Pen Turners & Blank Makers Community public group | Facebook. Woodturning UK public group | Facebook Log in to Facebook | Facebook Pen Turning UK public group | Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/2206...f=group_header
    Just click on the links provided. Am sure you will get some good advice and help. All are excellent woodturning groups.

     
     
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    He's already had good advice - just not publicly. Tom is trying to get a branch (no pun intended) of his business off the ground and that sort of detailed advice is not necessarily the sort of thing that is appropriate to discuss in public. Just because there are no visible replies here does not mean that he's been ignored.
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    REfreshing approaches are always welcome IMHO at any time or way. Welcome Tom and Paul.

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    Whilst I am a member on a few Facebook groups, I have to say the best advice and knowledge has always come from on here, again from fellow"turner's" not "arm chair" critics' as I constantly find elsewhere.....I think in recent months it was on here that CA met it's death in favour of Melamine not on FB..... Historical wood has been used by members on here for years, long before the band wagon rolled across FB.
    It is members contributing that makes a forum on what ever platform that may be, but I do like to know that it's solid/grounded advice I am taking onboard.....
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    By the way if that's the level of blanks you can supply....hope you get sorted soon
    That's nice wood!!
    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
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    Thanks for the replies. Yes there's plenty more wood like that, unfortunately the elm is getting rarer and rarer, even up here in Scotland. I still have a decent stock of it and of course a little goes a long way when it comes to pen blanks, but once it's gone its gone!

    I have a pretty huge chunk of yew that looks really promising, which I'll be cutting up soon, in addition to the stuff I already have. Having had a few conversations with pen turners and knife makers I think i'll stick to doing the best grade most interesting wood I can find and leaving the high volume less interesting wood to other suppliers. I cut up some laburnum yesterday, just a tiny bit I rescued out of the log pile, it looks pretty nice, so I might do a run of that if I can find some more.

    I will keep looking out for other interesting things to mill up, and on that note any requests? I have around 200 tons of timber in the yard of a whole range of species, is there anything that you guys are looking for in particular?

     
     
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    Anything with an interesting grain, eg your top picture, tight grained timbers, burls are of interest

     
     
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