Ok, I am in kid mode right now with a new baby in the house. Steel is on hold for now.
Just wondering if anyone knows of places to get interesting woods. Yes, I know there are wood vendors on this site, but the wood I need is often a bit thicker than what blocks they have on offer (1.5 inches thick to 2 inches thick), and it is just for kids blocks and not super sexy knife scales. A block set made from curated wood selected for knife scales by specialized vendors and stabilized by K&G is going to be an expensive set of blocks.
Anyhow, a woodworker and I are in the process of making some block sets for kids (right now we are aiming for 80 different woods in two different sized sets). He has already collected 50+ woods for them, but I would like to also include some woods that we normally see in knife handles too.
For instance he doesn't have mango, palm woods, ironwood, bog oak, koa etc. If anyone has extra wood chunks I could buy or know of some reasonably priced vendors that might be able to provide wood, that would be amazing. Anything cool and interesting, figured or not. Each block is going to have burned into it the name of the wood, so it will not only be a functional block set for playing but also serve as a learning tool for any budding future woodworker.
The sets are already being made because we have enough for the first 40-block set, but if anyone knows of a good wood supplier for this project, I'd be very thankful.