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frosties

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Does anyone know of a british timber with tight grain like sepelle. I'm planning to mill a very detailed cnc sculpture and wod tests with cherry and marine ply makes the contours too busy and distracts from the 3d form. I would like a more sustainable uk grown option but have a feeling theres nothing that will work as well as sepelle. Will post images now
 

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lacewood is an option. My local supplier has some but its not quite dry enough and its all quarter sawn and very figured. I will have another look around for some plainer stock. Thanks
 

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Unsteamed Beech would not have too much of a contrast with the lime. Or Steamed Beech if you want a bit more contrast. Sycamore is another option

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Not sure which bit of Scotland you are flying/have flown to, but if it's Aberdeen, then it might be worth trying Colin Cooper (Aberdeenshire hardwoods) in Mintlaw. He has an excellent selection of stuff. Scottish Hardwoods near Banff has now closed, but still had some stock a few weeks back that he can sell. Or Lethenty Mill, outside Inverurie, though he doesn't carry much spare stock.
 
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