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Hardwood supplier, for hobby projects?

First, apologies to the mods - I am almost certain there have been threads on this subject before - but search as I might, I could not find them. So, please forgive me.

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Woodworking is one of my husband's hobbies. He mostly makes small things, he doesn't need more than a few boards at a time. He likes to work with hardwoods, and has been having trouble finding the kinds of wood he likes: 'usual' woods like cherry, birdseye hard maple, quarter-sawn oak, walnut, as well as some of the more exotic woods, say, rosewood, tulipwood, etc. He is mostly looking for woods with interesting grain.

Pine and birch (or is it beech - I can never remember) are readily available... but not really what he is looking for.

He has spoken to many of the carpenters around here, some have been able to sell him a board or two, but a regular supply of small bits of the kinds of wood he wants has been surprisingly hard to come by. According to several carpenters we have spoken with, they buy by the cubic meter - so ordering from them is not practical (nor affordable. ).

So OH is looking for a wood supplier. Given that woodworking is a popular hobby, surely there must be such a company here in Switzerland, or perhaps in Germany or France, where one can buy in very small amounts? To give you an idea of the kind of thing we are looking for, this was his favorite 'toy store' back home:

http://www.owlhardwood.com/

If any of you know where the secret cache of hobby hardwood is kept, please let me know.

Many thanks.
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Re: Hardwood supplier, for hobby projects?

I'm looking to get into this, so perhaps a chat is a good idea next time I see your SO
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Re: Hardwood supplier, for hobby projects?

I have a customer who's husband has a big wood working workshop in their barn and lives near Horgen, she's coming in this afternoon so I'll ask her where he gets his supplies.
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Re: Hardwood supplier, for hobby projects?

So, he actually gets almost all of his wood from a friend who works for the Gemeinde tree felling.

But they do know an Irish guy who has some sort of wood shop in Pfäffikon, it's on a corner on the Seestrasse right next to the roundabout that leads onto the damm road. They did buy some small bits of walnut from there.
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Re: Hardwood supplier, for hobby projects?

I must have driven by there a million times - an old barn-ish like place, just before the roundabout? Don't know why I've never thought to stop there...

I'll send OH round tomorrow.

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