How do I get wood.
Mostly what I use is destined to be burnt. I listen for chain saws. Then I go to the place and beg a small piece. That is one way.
I find out who is cutting down trees. I beg a section of the tree. [It would normally be burnt.]
I give people things in exchange for .... wood.
Some people give me wood, because I make things form it.
I have a big saw which allow me to cut the wood into billets. [400 X 55 X 55mm.]
Here is a foto of a piece of Avocado on my big bandsaw.
The blade in the middle is 2 1/2 cm from front to back. It can cut through a log of wood 45cm [450mm] in diameter. It is a massive hobbyist saw. Suitable for a small woodwork workshop.
Here is a pice of red gum on the lathe. it has been altered to allow it to be large enough to turn. Have a look at the faint lines on the wood where tow parts have been joined.
You will find the flute / pipe made from this piece of wood in another block written on the 31 / 7/ 2017. It turned out to have a very pretty tone.
This next foto as of some Black Walnut. However this is sapwood and has something of a speckled color.
You can see, comparing the last two fotos, how the polishing makes a lot of difference.
The last foto in this blog is of two bamboo pipes being joined together to make a double pipe. On side is a drone, the other is for playing the tune.
Both these pipes ar from my favourite bamboo for pipe making "Bambusa Textilis". There are sometimes plants with the name Bambusa Textilis for sale in Nurseries. In one case the plant on sale was Falconeri. A perfect plant for the garden with the most wonderful "blue" culms. It could be used for pipes too, but textilis is superior.