Understanding the wood you are using can be helpful, especially when applying finishes. Below are some links to sites that will help you understand your wood. Vendors of wood could be local or elsewhere. Here are links to vendors of wood, some local to the Central New York area and several mail order. Buying local is always preferred but when special wood is needed that is often not possible.
Wood Identification Websites
American Hardwood Information Center
Hobbit House Wood ID
The Wood Database
The Wood Explorer
Woodworker’s Website Association – WoodSampler
All Righteous Woods – Imported & domestic hardwoods and burls
Australian Burls – Burl importer located in Virginia
Bad Dog Burls – Burl importer located in Belchertown, MA. A great place to visit but make call first.
Bell Forest Products – Supplier of figured and exotic wood out of Michigan
Choice Woods – Wood supplier out of Louisville, KY. Weekly newsletter is always a treat to read.
Cook Woods – Wood supplier in Klamath Falls, OR. Lots of variety. Have weekly newsletter with specials.
Cousineau Wood Products – Vendor for SpectraPly blanks.
Curtis Lumber – A lumber supplier with facilities throughout eastern New York. Headquartered in Ballston Spa, NY Regular vendor at the NWA annual Showcase. Great selection of lumber and other building supplies.
Exotic Woods USA – Exotic wood supplier in East Northport, NY
Goosebay Sawmill & Lumber Inc. – Lumber supplier in Chichester, NH.
Got Wood? – Supplier of wood turning blanks in South Carolina.
Heritage Wood Specialties – Nationally recognized for it various hardwoods, especially it thin woods for scrollers.
Kennedy Hardwood – A lumber supplier in Preble, NY who specializes in building utility buildings but also has a nice supply of hardwoods.
* Lakeshore Hardwoods – A lumber supplier specializing in cabinet grade cherry lumber headquartered in Pulaski, NY with additional locations in Syracuse and Victor. See Brian Leary for not only cherry, maple, oak, ash, butternut, but also many different exotic woods hardwoods.
Levanna Restoration Lumber – Supplier of supplies from barn lumber in Auburn, NY.
Liverpool Lumber – A full service local lumber yard that specializes in building supplies, millwork and moldings. It carries wood in many varieties and lengths, including specialty lumber. Liverpool Lumber stocks a full line of engineered lumber, as well as dimensional lumber in hem fir in all sizes, and as long as 24 feet. A great supplier for cedar.
* Memphis Hardwood Lumber – Situated on the bank of the old Erie Canal in the small community of Memphis, NY, Paul Anthony has many domestic and exotic woods plus Baltic birch plywood. Also provides laser engraving services.
Ocooch Hardwoods – Wisconsin based lumber supplier of scrollsaw ready hardwood.
Pittsford Lumber- A lumber yard just southeast of Rochester in Pittsford, NY that provides top grade kiln dried hardwood lumber, cabinet grade hardwood veneer plywood, marine plywood, woodworking supplies, and millwork services. Located in a restored shopping area along the Barge Canal.
Syracuse Forest Products [Thruway Hardwood] – Located in East Syracuse, NY, supplies plywood materials.
Texas Woodcrafts – Harvests and sells Texas grown woods on a part-time basis.
Tracy Lumber – A local lumber yard in Fayetteville, NY.
West Penn Hardwoods – Supplier of wood, especially exotics. Now located in Conover, NC.
Willey Lumber – A lumber yard in East Syracuse that maintains a good collection of hardwoods at a reasonable price.
WoodTrningBlanks4u.com – Just what it says!
* Vendors who donate product or gift certificates to SWWA events on a regular basis.