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Hi all! Do any of you woodworkers know of a place where I can regularly purchase wood for my work? I've been hopping around different madererias and it's been difficult to find what I'm looking for.

I'm looking for birch or basswood, or something similar, but I can't use plywood. Right now, I specifically need a piece that's a 60cm square. ANY suggestions would be much appreciated, I am willing to travel. I'm a pyrography artist, need high-quality, cured wood. 

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This is the website of a wood company in Zapopan that a friend of mine swears by. My friend says that it's the BEST source of wood that he's ever come across in Mexico and he does a LOT of woodworking. They kiln dry which is almost unheard of here.  http://www.tedima.com.mx/index.html

I hope you find what you're looking for there.

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The wood shop on the lateral across and slightly down from Soriana. The owner speaks English and is very easy to work with.

 Avenida Madero 571, Chapala Centro, 45900 Chapala, Jal.  

Phone: 376 765 2404

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There is a new maderia on the Libramiento; don't know what they have but have seen the sign; lakeside from the International School and the wrecker yard.

 

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On 1/14/2020 at 1:22 PM, daniarte said:

Hi all! Do any of you woodworkers know of a place where I can regularly purchase wood for my work? I've been hopping around different madererias and it's been difficult to find what I'm looking for.

I'm looking for birch or basswood, or something similar, but I can't use plywood. Right now, I specifically need a piece that's a 60cm square. ANY suggestions would be much appreciated, I am willing to travel. I'm a pyrography artist, need high-quality, cured wood. 

Good choice of woods for what you are doing. Well aged poplar is good too. but i am not familiar with where you can get any of these. I am hopefully starting a project shortly involving fine carving and wll try the place across from Soriana for 1 and 2 inch cedros.  Carving Mexican pino is something I don't want to do again after many  blades and now not much strength. I bought a piece of used mahogany for the backsplash  carving on this piece and that was much easier that the rest.

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Ask the wood suppliers if they can get baltic birch plywood. I tried to search for a source in Mexico but couldn't find one. Mexico has some strange laws on the books about importing raw wood. I was trying to import some raw wood fishing lure blanks. Couldn't do it, and don't want to invest in a cnc machine or copy lathe.

Baltic or Finnish birch plywood, is very strong and lightweight, the outer surface is always clear of defects and bright white in color. It is used in many industries including furniture, airplane construction and fine foundry work. Unfortunately, for you, laser engravers cutters have taken over much of this market, with many low cost machines.

https://www.omnicoreagency.com/best-laser-cutter-engraving-machines/

https://www.google.com/search?q=laser+engraver+wood&prmd=ivsn&sxsrf=ACYBGNRkl8DF4ijQg5qQhTraipiRlbJBIQ:1579208595149&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjw8Nu6gonnAhUGIqwKHVgGBfMQ_AUoAXoECA4QAQ&biw=962&bih=601

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7 hours ago, CHILLIN said:

Ask the wood suppliers if they can get baltic birch plywood. I tried to search for a source in Mexico but couldn't find one. Mexico has some strange laws on the books about importing raw wood. I was trying to import some raw wood fishing lure blanks. Couldn't do it, and don't want to invest in a cnc machine or copy lathe.

Baltic or Finnish birch plywood, is very strong and lightweight, the outer surface is always clear of defects and bright white in color. It is used in many industries including furniture, airplane construction and fine foundry work. Unfortunately, for you, laser engravers cutters have taken over much of this market, with many low cost machines.

https://www.omnicoreagency.com/best-laser-cutter-engraving-machines/

https://www.google.com/search?q=laser+engraver+wood&prmd=ivsn&sxsrf=ACYBGNRkl8DF4ijQg5qQhTraipiRlbJBIQ:1579208595149&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjw8Nu6gonnAhUGIqwKHVgGBfMQ_AUoAXoECA4QAQ&biw=962&bih=601

The OP specifically said that they do not want plywood and if you knew anything about  pyrography you would know why. Solid wood is what they need.

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14 hours ago, happyjillin said:

The OP specifically said that they do not want plywood and if you knew anything about  pyrography you would know why. Solid wood is what they need.

I had a woodburning kit when I was 9 years old - does that count! Sr. Google sure disagrees with you on this one. Also less problems with warping. As Ferret posted there seems to be only one company in this area that seems to understand the wood curing process. Here is forum for pyrographers and you google wood burned baltic plywood under images you will see how incorrect you are.

https://pyrographyonline.vbulletin.net/forum/pyrography/pyrography-for-beginners/92-birch-plywood-question

 

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Daniarte. If you are doing this for a living and are still fairly young, you really have to step your game to learn how to create content for cnc and vector graphics. This a top job right now and you could probably freelance. I know of a large cnc machine in Chapala and a family friend has one in Puerto Vallarta. He made a lot of money making metal gates, which incorporate artwork. The problem is that the people who own these machines and sell their services, have strong engineering skills, but few creative artistic skills. Most of just steal or purchase images off the internet.

This a good introduction to the skills you would have to learn.

https://www.instructables.com/id/CNC-Tutorial-Image-to-Vector/

 

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It is clear to me that the OP is an artist creating originals and is not interested in mass produce engineered  commercial things and your link is for beginners which apparently the OP IS not. No your wood burning kit does not count nor what you may have done with it as I  also did as a cub scout. I suggest that you attempt to make posts about something that you have knowledge of and this thread is clearly beyond your ken. Maybe I should have said pyrographic original art instead of just pyrography  Don't insult the OP  by suggesting that they need to learn from your beginner site. From a sample of their work that they posted they ain't no beginner and they don't need to step up  as you put it.

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38 minutes ago, happyjillin said:

It is clear to me that the OP is an artist creating originals and is not interested in mass produce engineered  commercial things and your link is for beginners which apparently the OP IS not. No your wood burning kit does not count nor what you may have done with it as I  also did as a cub scout. I suggest that you attempt to make posts about something that you have knowledge of and this thread is clearly beyond your ken. Maybe I should have said pyrographic original art instead of just pyrography  Don't insult the OP  by suggesting that they need to learn from your beginner site. From a sample of their work that they posted they ain't no beginner and they don't need to step up  as you put it.

When I need wood I rely on viagra.  Jillin, would you please chill out?

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1 hour ago, happyjillin said:

 I suggest that you attempt to make posts about something that you have knowledge of and this thread is clearly beyond your ken

Pot. Kettle. Black. For the past 20 years, until my retirement 10 years ago, my stated occupation on my Canadian income tax forms was "professional artist and mason" A professional artist is someone who has fine artist skills, but chooses to sell those skills to the highest bidder. That is all that I am recommending here. Simple. I have worked alongside with some of the best fine artists in the world, a very tough game to get recognition. On wood working, I owned a golf tee factory, into which investors poured in enough to purchase five automatic hollow chuck lathes,  a chain driven circular saw, dust collection, two heavy duty router tables, automatic pad printer. The wood we used was B.C. interior Birch which was inexpensive because it was often gray water stained. In short, I have been through truck loads of birch, yellow cedar, maple and alder. All that time you were running around to flea markets, as some sort of grifter, trying to hoodwink people into thinking these extremely ugly articles were actually highly valuable works of art. I always remember when you asked if I could connect you with a famous architect. You sent a picture of all these firewood logs dressed up in old clothes. You claimed he was a famous folk artist, yet when he died, there was not a single word about this in his lengthy obituary. Out of my ken, really?

I double dog dare you to send in a picture of the firewood people which I believe you wanted $20,000 cdn for.

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On 1/14/2020 at 3:00 PM, chapalence said:

The wood shop on the lateral across and slightly down from Soriana. The owner speaks English and is very easy to work with.

 Avenida Madero 571, Chapala Centro, 45900 Chapala, Jal.  

Phone: 376 765 2404

It`s called Real Ortega but there`s nothing there stated  by OP.   Besides pino, they have parota, some oak and cedar.

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On 1/14/2020 at 1:50 PM, Ferret said:

This is the website of a wood company in Zapopan that a friend of mine swears by. My friend says that it's the BEST source of wood that he's ever come across in Mexico and he does a LOT of woodworking. They kiln dry which is almost unheard of here.  http://www.tedima.com.mx/index.html

I hope you find what you're looking for there.

Yes, Tedima appears to be the only tropical hardwoods lumberyard in the area. Great place to go even if just to see the site. 

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