Wood supplier's

Richard Bruce

PRO Member
I need to find out what good wood suppliers are out there. Mine aren't getting the job done. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.

Lloyd Johnson

Staff member
My candy store in Portland, Oregon is Gilmer Wood Products. Miles Gilmer has three large warehouses stacked floor-to-ceiling with exotic woods. At one time, they were the premier seller of wood to the major music instrument manufacturers. Today, they sell heavily through their online store at Title: Gilmer Wood Company. Another source for exotic woods (also in Oregon) is Cook Woods at Title: Exotic Woods & Hardwoods of the World | Cook Woods.

For open segment turning, I almost always buy from eBay where I search for 'thin lumber'. There are manufacturers that only sell through eBay and they thickness sand their lumber primarily to 1/4", 3/8" in sizes and quantities that will fit in USPS Flat Rate boxes. You can always get maple, walnut and cherry but can often get exotics as well. On a shelf by my table saw, I have a section for 1/4" and 3/8" with different species and I grab and go. Buying the wood this way is far less expensive than buying through a big box store like Rockler or Woodcraft and the time savings over milling the lumber yourself makes it very worthwhile to me.


Richard Bruce

PRO Member
Thanks for the heads up. I have family there and go there several times a year. I will bring my trailer next time and see if I can get some different pieces.