Woodturning Blog: Articles, Tips & Ideas

5 Sources for Free Wood!

by Paul Carter | September 23, 2016

1. Local tree cutting services can often direct you to scrap wood that can become excellent turning wood. 
2. Local landscapers often have connections with tree cutting services and know when trees are going to be cut down. 
3. New building sites that are removing trees to clear land for construction are a prime spot for finding wood.
4. Online sites and auctions such as eBay and Craigslist oftentimes have great deals on lumber. 
5. Friends from your local woodturning club will oftentimes have great ideas and resources for finding wood. Find your local AAW chapter here

When looking for and collecting wood make sure to carefully choose the best pieces and only as much as you can process. You don't want to end up with a shop full of wood you won't be able to use. Also keep in mind that building a group of contacts who will help you find the best free wood may take some time. Don't be discouraged, just keep making connections. Happy turning!