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kalaeb
04-15-2011, 11:20 PM
Just out of curiosity for those of you who like to re-handle knives. What is a good and reliable wood purveyor to use? I have been through many and have chosen two that I like, but I am not finding anything on those sites that really strikes a cord with me yet.

As much as I like the trial and error method, right now is not the time and I have a new knife that is in need of some decent wood.

mainaman
04-15-2011, 11:36 PM
I use those guys
http://www.bellforestproducts.com/

the wood is not stabilized though

Michael Rader
04-16-2011, 01:05 AM
I get quite a bit of stabilize woods from www.alphaknifesupply.com and I get my very high-end stabilized Koa from Steve Hughes (no website yet, e-mail: sitkastephd@comcast.net) I can get you his phone number if he doesn't get back to ya. Check out this Koa from steve and the copper + G10 + Box Elder Burl (end-cap) is from AKS:

http://www.fototime.com/CA7AFB8A7378921/standard.jpg

-M

oivind_dahle
04-16-2011, 04:18 AM
Insane cool western handle!!!!

Damn!!

apicius9
04-16-2011, 04:32 AM
I am thinking sometimes that you guys on the mainland seem to get better koa than I do right here at the source... ;) Oh well, I get other nice local woods instead. I buy most of my wood raw and send it out for stabilizing. In the beginning I had sources all over the place, but I have narrowed it down and try to get more and more wood locally or at least from the neighbor islands, so that may not help you all that much. But I hear that www.alphaknifesupply.com (http://www.alphaknifesupply.com/) is well-respected and many knifemakers buy there. I also like to deal with Robert at www.arizonaironwood.com (http://www.arizonaironwood.com) . His stabilized wood is also top quality (don't remember whom he uses but it's either K&G or WSSI).

Stefan

Marko Tsourkan
04-16-2011, 08:43 AM
I tend to find high quality wood locally. Sometimes I have to buy a whole board to get a section of it suitable for handles, but I use the rest for sayas or save it for other projects that I have in a pipeline.

Ironwood I buy by block and Koa I buy by a board foot so I resaw it and send for stabilizing to K&G.
M

CalleNAK
04-16-2011, 09:45 AM
I bought from these guys. Have many different burls to choose from. Good pictures and web layout which is nice when you can't pick them up in your hand and also want to look through a lot of different scales.
http://shop.arizonaironwood.com/main.sc

Dave Martell
04-16-2011, 11:02 AM
My favorite source is Stefan.

kalaeb
04-17-2011, 11:04 PM
:woot:Thank you for your help all, looks like I am going to take a stab at some black ash burl

http://shop.arizonaironwood.com/images/12968445243501399347535.jpeg

Now if I can only find some time to do it.

mhenry
04-18-2011, 12:56 PM
Very nice! Where did you find it?

kalaeb
04-18-2011, 07:47 PM
Very nice! Where did you find it?

Arizonaironwood.com

That was the first time I had been to the site, pretty neat stuff. I just hope it is stabilized well. Scales seem to shrink on my alot.

mhenry
04-18-2011, 09:33 PM
I have bought from them also, I totally screwed-up and had to trash the piece of wood but I didnt uncover any suprises like inclusions or knots it seemed to be very high quality. I know it is kinda late but I would also highly recommend ankromexotics.com you might try them in the future.

Andy777
04-19-2011, 11:09 AM
Arizonaironwood.com

That was the first time I had been to the site, pretty neat stuff. I just hope it is stabilized well. Scales seem to shrink on my alot.

Tell me about it, I honestly think the Utah climate is one of the worst on wood. We have huge temprature and humidity swings. I even have stabilized wood move on me. I try to let all wood sit for a good 6 months or so before I use it, that really helps. Let me add another plug for ariozonaironwood, everything I've bought from there has been great. :thumbsup:

Dave Martell
04-23-2011, 12:09 PM
Do Not Use Woodstabilizer.com!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :angry1:

I've been keeping quiet on this for months and after the last few days I can't keep it in any longer. I've been once again screwed by a piece of crap. This one was a complete mess to work with and here I am ready to box up the so-so results and find that the wood has shrunk significantly on me - overnight!

This adds up to more than 20 blocks I've had bad from them to date and I will NEVER touch their stuff again!

To be fair to them I brought this to their attention many months ago and they issued a refund for the bad wood and I am pleased about this level of customer service but this does nothing to help with the re-do work that I've had to perform as a result. I've lost a huge amount of time and money over using their products and I'm disgusted enough to now speak in public about it.

Dave

SpikeC
04-23-2011, 12:48 PM
Did you send them wood to stabilize or buy the wood from them?

Dave Martell
04-23-2011, 01:36 PM
Did you send them wood to stabilize or buy the wood from them?

It was their wood, purchased from them.

SpikeC
04-23-2011, 01:42 PM
So they didn't let the wood dry properly before stabilizing it. Not good.

Dave Martell
04-23-2011, 04:35 PM
It's weird because there's lots of people who have used them and rave about their products yet I have nothing but bad experiences with their stuff.

SpikeC
04-23-2011, 04:48 PM
If you were to let the wood acclimate to you shop for a month or two it might make a difference, butt with other sources available why bother?

Dave Martell
04-23-2011, 04:49 PM
This last block has been here since September or October of last year.

SpikeC
04-23-2011, 05:02 PM
:eek2:

Marko Tsourkan
04-23-2011, 09:44 PM
Do Not Use Woodstabilizer.com!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :angry1:

I've been keeping quiet on this for months and after the last few days I can't keep it in any longer. I've been once again screwed by a piece of crap. This one was a complete mess to work with and here I am ready to box up the so-so results and find that the wood has shrunk significantly on me - overnight!

This adds up to more than 20 blocks I've had bad from them to date and I will NEVER touch their stuff again!

To be fair to them I brought this to their attention many months ago and they issued a refund for the bad wood and I am pleased about this level of customer service but this does nothing to help with the re-do work that I've had to perform as a result. I've lost a huge amount of time and money over using their products and I'm disgusted enough to now speak in public about it.

Dave

I second that. I would not touch a block stabilized by them ever again. I spent more time cleaning my bits, than drilling. Stuff they use gunks up your bits and belts like crazy. I never have this issue with blocks I get from Knife and Gun. Plus, the block was full of voids, which normally should be filled with stabilizing.

I think it has to do with acrylic stuff they use.
M

Eamon Burke
04-23-2011, 11:12 PM
Yikes. They've gotta take care of that one. Thanks for the heads up.