You don’t need to spend hundreds on wood in order to make beautiful furniture and crafts. There is plenty of wood lying around just waiting for you to scoop it up for free. Now we don’t advocate cutting down your own trees, we do think that large limbs make perfect chair legs.
Your own yard is a good place to start looking for fallen limbs that can be seasoned for projects later on. If you have a large tree with branches that are threatening your home, ask a professional to cut them down for you. These can then be seasoned and left to dry to make beautiful projects from wood turning.
In order to dry the limbs you will need to remove the outer bark and then cut the limbs into workable pieces of uniform cylinders. Store them in a cool, dry place remembering to check on them often for cracks or signs of mold. If large cracks do appear you will have to turn them down. Also think outside of the pine tree, cedar box. If you have something like white thorn on your property and trim it down, you’ll find that after seasoning the result is beautiful wood that is easy to work with.
Another place that you will find large limbs on the ground is in a forest setting. Grab your family tent and sleeping bag, and spend a few days camping in the woods, gathering wood for turning. Make sure that it is okay with the campsite first of course, but so long as the limbs are on the ground, most don’t care. In fact, you are doing them a service by cleaning up the forest for them.
You’ll need to have your pick-up truck close by to your campsite, and plenty of rope to help you haul it. Some people have been known to pick up the family tent a few times and move to other spots, just to get closer to a better supply of limbs. What makes this even more fun is that you get to have a small camping trip with your friends or family while working on your wood turning hobby.
If you have a preference, ask the campsite manager where you will find the most of that type of tree in order to save you time looking. Then you can pitch your family tent as close to that site as possible.
If you don’t mind looking and then waiting for the wood to dry, using what you find yourself for wood turning is very satisfying. It’s one thing to make something beautiful from scratch, but it’s even better when you found the wood to make it yourself.