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Where Do You Get Your Scales From?

Discussion in 'Canadian Suppliers' started by lordsnow, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. lordsnow

    lordsnow New Member

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    Icho- Staff Member

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    So far I've been getting mine from Jantz and Witchcraft from the states. for my next order I am considering burl source or knifeandgun.com.
     
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    I get my wood mostly from burlsource. Dream burls has some nice stuff too. The big problem I have with that site you posted as well as some others is that you are buying "A" block of wood, and not "that" block of wood. I personally feel that with woods that cost as much as we pay, and vary in grain as much as they do that we should be able to see each piece individually listed. If I am dropping 50 bucks on a block of afzelia or 80 bucks on bog oak, I better get a look at that specific block. That's why I like burlsource. Two different blocks, even from the same tree can be so different that one is stunning and one is blah. Not a chance I'm wanting to take. As far as composites for handles the majority of my stuff comes from usaknifemaker as I like there selection and sometimes they have some really good stuff on clearance
     
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    I agree with Grayzer. Ideal scenario would be to walk into a place and hand pick a piece or pieces. Unfortunately not many of us have that opportunity. Next best and in my opinion the only other option for me is a picture of the exact piece that will arrive at my door.
     
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    Thanks Guys!
     
  6. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    For synthetics, I bought some G10 and Dymondwood from Canadian Knifemaker supply. For woods, I am usually buying stabilized scales from vendors on eBay. I can't remember all their names, but none have been disappointing (yet). For unstabilized wood I've found two Canadian vendors out of New Brunswick. Both have great maple products. The image that they show is exactly what you get and postage was reasonable for shipping a few sets. I don't trust my bandsaw, err myself to cut a block of expensive stabilized anything, so I prefer to buy the scales already ripped bookmatch.
     
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    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Sorry to leave you hanging ...

    I can recommend these two sellers. I am not affiliated with them, but I have bought from each more than once from each and they offer exceptional products for the price. Both offer knife scale sets typically in that 1-1/2" x 5" x 3/8" size, (give or take) and bigger slabs for luthiers.

    A-Plus Hardwood
    Out of Fredericton NB. Mostly maple, some birch, cherry, African blackwood and a few other exotics. Scales are well finished (at least 220 grit), marked on ends for identification. Generally $6 to $12 for a set.
    Ships immediately. Uses Canada Post bubble envelopes. Around $7 for postage. Postage for a second set is $2 more, so ask for a quote before finalizing payment. Responded quickly to my email. PayPal.
    http://stores.ebay.ca/aplushardwood/

    The other fellow is out of Nova Scotia.

    Hades Roasted Maple
    He has a heat stabilization process for maple which he claims collapses the cells. Maybe not the best choice for resin stabilizing. This wood smells burnt, especially when working it, like maple syrup spilled a hot stove element.
    Ships immediately. Uses Canada Post, bubble envelope. Around $7 for postage. PayPal.
    http://stores.ebay.ca/hadesroastedmaple/

    Anyone else have similar luck with other Canadian wood purveyors?

    Dan
     
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    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I ran into this the other day. Operating out of Ashmont Alberta. They are selling stabilized pen blanks and scales. Scales in the $15 to $25 range, some are quite nice. Their web site is being revamped, so they are offering a bunch product through their Facebook page. (Search FB for 'Wood Stabilizer')

    You have to click on each set to see if someone has bought it or not.

    $8 for postage on a single set. I have ordered a set of scales and will report back with findings.

    Dan
     
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    I get my scales and material from pretty much everywhere but don't forget ebay.ca has one hell of a selection as well ;)
     
  12. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I just wanted to update on my scales from Woodstabilizer (Ashmont Alberta) from a couple of posts up. Received in the post today. Bubble envelope. These are some serious heavy chunks of stabilized bird's eye maple and they look well dyed and very dense. The product looks great. A little slow in getting here, but I have nothing immediately planned for these pieces, so no harm done.

    It has also become public knowledge that Don and Karen Stevenson in Burns Lake, BC has agreed to take over the business, so they'll be closer to home for you fellas in Kelowna for sure.

    Wishing them all the best. I am fan.

    Dan
     
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    I've ordered wood from woodstabilizer.com and natural material from giraffebone.com
     
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    Anyone tried Century Mill Lumber in Stouffville Ontario? I don't know if they ship but I live close enough to drive once every couple months. They have a large selection of foreign and domestic hardwoods like snake wood, bocote, babinga, lacewood, rosewood burl and just too much to mention. Their website is being updated right now but here is the url anyways http://www.centurymill.com/ . So far they have been great about accommodating cutting larger pieces down to usable chunks and their prices seem to be good.
     
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    I got a quote from Westwind hardwood inc from BC for zebra wood. I asked for 15 sets at dimensions : .375" x 2" x 6". They quoted me 11$/set shipped. I thought that was good as on eBay they are smaller and go for about 15$ a set
     
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    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Been dealing with these folks from the states.
    http://www.wood-acrylic-supply.com/
    Their Amazon.com site has about 100 pages of stuff from blocks, to scales, pen blanks etc.
    Freight is USPS and not terrible.
     
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    Knifemaker.ca for synthetics. A local (Calgary) store called Black Forest Wood for, well... wood.
     
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