HCT was recently contacted by Rocky from Half Hitch Woodworks in the Fraser Valley, B.C. Here is his message for our members.
Turning Blanks: I am hoping for the opportunity to supply you with some wood that is otherwise hard to come by. Through my work as a tree service provider, from time to time I come across various trees, logs or pieces of wood that are quite beautiful and merchantable. Mostly, the wood would be from Big Leaf Maple, and would include burl, spalted, and heavily figured pieces, but other species exist here in the Fraser Valley and would also be somewhat obtainable, including English Walnut. I have recently sold a pallet of turning blanks to members of the Edmonton woodturning guild and would be interested to know if there would be others who are looking for wood of this type. The blanks I provided for them were somewhat random in length but vary anywhere in size from 6′ x 6′ x 12′ to 11′ x 11′ x 26′. I grade them myself at either A, AA, or AAA with prices ranging from $8-$12.50 per board foot with my goal of an A grade being at least as figured as what would normally be sold in a commercial wood/lumber store and a AAA grade being heavily figured throughout the entirety of the blank. I have included a few pictures for reference, both of the rough cut blanks as well as a couple projects started by members of the Edmonton guild. Please let me know if I can be of assistance with your projects.
Rocky Funk Half Hitch Woodworks 604.855.8387
Rocky also sent some pictures of four cutting boards that he has made.