Native Hardwoods
in Bowl Blanks and Turning Squares

Most, though not all, of our domestic UK timber comes from old, slow-grown forests in Scotland where the cooler weather and shorter summers, coupled with harder winters favours the development of a tight grain structure.  This timber is kiln-dried to a moisture content which is likely to be in the range 10% - 15% when you receive it, dependent upon species, timber section and the time of year.  This means that the timber should turn sweetly but it is NOT at "centrally-heated house" levels of dryness (typically more like 4% to 8%) and thus will need a little time to stabilise slowly after turning before you place it on the dining table or window-cill for the world to admire.

The list, below, is based on stock in hand and this will certainly vary from time to time but we will apply our best endeavours to fulfill orders as specified.  In the event that a particular species/size becomes unavailable we will contact you to try to agree on suitable alternatives.  We will also attempt to meet your special needs for turning timber (domestic UK hardwoods only at this stage) if you let us know what you need by email.

When placing your order, please heed the note that asks that you do not amend the quantities of a particular species/size combination on the "basket" page of the site.  To do so simply circumvents our attempts to make this page reflect current stocks as closely as possible - normally within 24 hours - and risks the chance that we cannot then supply as per your request.

The following timbers are normally available from The ToolPost, albeit stocks will vary from time to time and further species are sometimes available (see timber listing, below):-

Bowl Blanks
Alder, Ash, Beech (clear and spalted), Birch, Cherry, Elm, Hornbeam, Lime, Maple, Oak, Poplar, Sweet Chestnut, Sycamore

Alder, Ash, Beech, Cherry, Elm, Oak, Sycamore.

Native Hardwoods in Bowl Blanks and Turning Squares

To order, simply enter the required quantities in the boxes for as many - or few - species and sizes as you require.  Then scroll to the bottom of the page where you may place your order simply by clicking on the "Order Timber" button at the bottom of the table.
We have tried to make this service a little more user-friendly by indicating if an order for a particular size of timber exceeds current stock availability.  However, please note that this is a guide to availability, not an exhaustive test.  It is possible to fool the system quite easily - the end result of which is that you could order timber which we cannot supply!

Please note that most of our bowl blanks are now supplied in SQUARE format. I.e. a 150 mm x 50 mm bowl blank will actually be 150 x 150 x 50 mm with the grain running across the 150 x 150 face (so the grain orientation will be as 'normal' if you were to cut a 'traditional' circular bowl blank out of the square.) The advantage to you is that the timber on your shelf is not restricted to use as bowl blanks - it can be simply re-sawn as squares, if occasion demands. It also means that you can make a square bowl - always a neat way to impess your friends - without having to seek out special timber supplies. You even get rather more timber for your money using this format and the corner offcuts can often be useful for small projects such as jewellery, key fobs, light pulls etc. The timber is easier to store because it doesn't want to roll off shelves and it is also easier, more durable and safer when we ship it. I just wish we'd thought of doing this years ago!

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*NB: Prices quoted in pounds sterling. 
Value Added Tax will be added to invoices to EU residents unless
a valid VAT registration number is quoted when ordering.

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