Depending on what area of the country you are in, you should be able to find free wood all around most places. To learn how to turn, watch youtube videos on how to harvest free wood, and join a local woodturners club for mentorship and training. I have found free Bradford Pear wood to be really fun to turn while it's still green, and easy on the tools. Whereas, 350 year old Bur Oak (also free) is a bear on my tools, and yields some pretty warping bowls. I don't like to wait too long, so green wood does move until all of the moisture reaches ambient. If you want usable finished turning, purchase kiln dried (or slowly aged dried) woods, but they will be tougher on your tools. Learn how to sharpen your gouges from an expert. Sharp tools make turning easier and safer. Enjoy - it's very addicting.
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Last edited by mgdesigns; 11-14-2012 at 12:07 PM.