Wood For Carving
We supply wood for carving in the following species:
Basswood (Tilia americana) - Canada
Very popular for general carving as well as for bird, fish and animal carving because of cost and carvability. Easily carved with sharp edge tools, it can be easily worked with power tools, too. All of our Basswood is top quality kiln-dried Northern wood. Blocks are available in thicknesses from 2-5"; random widths up to 8 or 9". We occasionally have Basswood in 5" and thicker - contact us for availability. Basswood is available on our online store with a maximum length of 60 inches (5 feet).
We also supply bandsawn Basswood blank cutouts.
Jelutong (Dyera costulata) - Malaysia
A favorite of wood pattern makers, Jelutong is very even-tempered and carves beautifully with hand or power tools. It sands very easily, too. It is slightly more open-grained than Basswood or Tupelo, making it ideal for natural finish carvings as well as birds, animals, and habitat. A member of the rubber tree family, Jelutong will occasionally have small latex "canals" inside the wood which can result in a small void (generally around 1/16"x1/4") that can easily be filled with a small wedge or chip of jelutong. All of our Jelutong is premium grade, between 2x6" and 4x12" in any length you want up to 10 feet. Jelutong is available on our online store with a maximum length of 60 inches (5 feet).
Butternut (Juglans cinerea) - Canada
A very beautiful wood, easily carved by hand or power tool. Butternut is a member of the Walnut family. It has gorgeous grain, making it very popular for natural finish carvings. Butternut is now listed as endangered and is at high risk of extinction in Canada due to the impact and potential impact of a fungus disease that infects and kills Butternut trees. We sometimes have a small quantity of Butternut available when a tree needs to be removed under permit.
Tupelo (Nyssa aquatica) - USA
Tupelo is the wood of choice for many competitive carvers, including many world champions. While Tupelo can be worked with hand tools, it is more often worked with power tools. It is light weight, sands very smooth, and takes very fine detail well. Our Tupelo is cut and dried to our specifications and is avilable in a variety of sizes in thicknesses from 2" to 8" or more. Tupelo is preferred by most of the world champion wildfowl carvers in the U.S. and Canada.
We sell select dimensions of Basswood and Jelutong online in increments of 1 inch with a minimum length of 12". Maximum length we will ship is 60 inches (5 feet), if you order more than 5 feet we will contact you before cutting into shippable lengths.
Wood is sold by the measured board foot (MBF). One MBF is equivalent to a piece of wood 12"x12"x1" thick, or 144 cubic inches. To establish the MBF of a piece of wood, you multiply the length x width x thickness and divide by 144. For example, a piece of wood 4"x6"x14" = 336 cubic inches divided by 144 equals 2.333MBF. At 6.90/MBF, a piece of Basswood this size would cost $16.10.
Because most of the wood we stock is pre-cut, we may not be able to get the exact measurements you need but we will come as close as we can. Please call or e-mail us for availability of other sizes and varieties.