I have many folks as where do I come up with my carving wood supply.
The answer is everywhere!
I look for trees that need to be trimmed in my neighborhood. I have located three Butternut trees that I keep a very close eye on. If I hear a chainsaw running you bet I’ll be the good neighbor and offered my assistance to carry away those heavy logs.
Since I live in Indiana, Basswood trees grow everywhere. If you have a nature trail in your area take a walk, often you can find fallen limbs that can be saved from rotting away. Yes, I know that the basswood that grows in Indiana is just not the same quality that grows in Minnesota or Wisconsin, but free is free. When I want a really nice piece of straight grained basswood, I turn to a supplier from one of those states. I recommend Heinecke Wood Products because they offer a quality products and an inexpensive price. Don’t just take my word for it, check out their website at http://www.heineckewood.com.
Take a walk and check out the trees around you. You may just find enough carving wood to keep you very busy.