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29-07-2013, 06:09 PM
Sorry don't know if these have a specific name which doesn't help search for them & I know its a bit of a long shot but hopefully someone can help.
Anyone know where I might be able to buy some bits of tree trunk from? Did think about sneaking out with a chainsaw in the middle of the night before anyone suggests it lol.
Idealy looking for something that has already been dried, doesn't need to be kiln dried although that wouldn't matter, air dried would probably be enough.
Need to be somewhere around the 12 to 15 inch diameter & somewhere around 2" thick but if I have to buy thicker stumps & cut them down myself that would be ok.

Clive S
29-07-2013, 06:40 PM
Have you tried looking up tree surgeon for your local area they must be taking trees down all the time Trusted Tree Surgeons Crossgates - Compare Free Quotes (http://crossgates.trusted-treesurgeons.com/)
Just a thought Clive

29-07-2013, 07:02 PM
Clive I did think about that just after the sneaking out at night but didn't pursue it because that would be green timber & I was really hoping to be able to find something that had been dried, that was before I discovered that there didn't seem to be many other options though so might be worth further investigation thanks.
Got a couple of sawmills to try & phone as well to see if they do anything.

Clive S
29-07-2013, 07:21 PM
A few of the tree surgeons in this area have stock piles of old tree trunks that they cut up later for firewood etc. Good luck with the project Clive

29-07-2013, 07:59 PM
Try "wood carving blanks" in either eBay, Amazon or Google... :thumsup:

29-07-2013, 09:08 PM
Thanks Birchy, amazing the difference knowing what to search for makes, got a few places to phone now lol
Any recommendations for companies anyone?

29-07-2013, 10:03 PM
Was just a lucky guess. I've never bought any but at the end of the day, price/quality will be the deciding factor. At least with eBay, you get to see what you're buying...

You might have more luck asking this question in the (or some other) woodworking forum: General Metal & Wood Working (http://www.mycncuk.com/forums/general-metal-wood-working/)

A quick Google threw this one, which has some nice links for suppliers 'oop north... http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=59342
They use round tree blanks for carving bowls, so might be worth adding that to your search.

29-07-2013, 10:27 PM

30-07-2013, 12:00 AM
Already did that thanks Birchy, from the other search I did I found that another option was bowl blanks so looked at that as well, got a number of places to call mainly places like sawmills that cut the blanks themselves. Couple are mentioned in that link you have posted thanks.
m_c I did think about searching for firewood suppliers but then thought that what they would have & sell would be to small a diameter, maybe completely wrong about that lol.

Clive S
30-07-2013, 08:10 AM
Something like these:-

30-07-2013, 10:40 AM
get on this forum martin theres sure to be lads on there local to you,ive dealt with one or two of em.
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30-07-2013, 04:21 PM
Anything from 4" upwards can end up as logs, it just depends on what's available.

30-07-2013, 07:02 PM
Thanks for all the pointers people, bowl blanks might not be an option as it seems they remove all the bark & make them pretty much round so they are better balanced when put on a wood lathe. I want them with the bark on so I will keep looking.

Something like these:- Clive they would do at a push but they are a bit on the small side lol