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    Recommended Wood Vendors

    As I offer an option for customers to provide their own wood for handles, I decided to come up with a list of vendors whose wood I am comfortable using, and who offer good quality products at a good value.

    I will continue revising and updating the list. This will be a locked thread for information purpose only.

    A typical size of a block necessary for a Wa or Western handle would be 1.5"x1.5"x5.5". Smaller blocks may not allow enough material for squaring or shaping.

    Web Vendors
    Arizona Desert Ironwood Company
    http://www.arizonaironwood.com/
    A great source for Ironwood, but they also have a number of stabilized and natural woods for sale as well as other handle material products.

    K&G
    http://www.knifeandgun.com/SearchRes...show=20&page=1
    The same company that does quality wood stabilizing service in the US. I have seen great quality burls offered on their web site very reasonably priced

    Bad Dogs Burl Source (not to be confused with KF vendor Burl Source)
    http://www.burlsource.com/burls-knif...tabilized.html
    Great products at great prices. I spoke to the owner today and he gave me assurance that all his wood is stabilized by either K&G or WIIS, two companies who do quality stabilizing here in the US.

    Burl Source (KF Vendor)
    http://www.burlsource.us/servlet/StoreFront
    Great selection of woods and great quality, priced accordingly. Stabilized by K&G and ready to use. MT customers are offered 20% discounts.

    House of Burls (recommended by Stefan Keller)
    www.houseofburl.com
    Kully at houseofburl.com has some great and often well seasoned woods, much more than on his website if you ask him, and he is very reliable.

    Dream Burls
    http://dreamburls.com
    A KKF vendor offers a good variety of stabilized and natural woods.

    Ebay
    donsknifes
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/donsknifes/m...id=p4340.l2562
    If you don't mind following and bidding on an auction, you might score some of the nicest ironwood.

    antlersexpress
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/antlersexpre...&_trksid=p3686
    Great source for figured maple and maple burls. Wood would require several months drying and then stabilizing, so plan accordingly.

    def-toned-t42 (recommended by Stefan Keller)
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/def-tones-t4...id=p4340.l2562
    Arnold at def-tones-t42 sells mostly to instrument makers but he is very detailed and honest, and especially his maple is great. His guitar boards should also be perfect for saya makers.
    Last edited by JohnnyChance; 03-01-2013 at 03:29 PM.


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