Seth Elliott splits these oak rivings from a log to ensure straight grained, knot-free chair parts. They are shipped green (wet), wrapped in plastic, and look like glorified bundles of firewood. We also sell pre-bent backs, if you don’t want to bend your own. Visit the resources page for seat blank sources.
I prefer to use white oak for tight bends and the straighter red oak for everything else, so that is what we’ll ship unless you specify otherwise. We ship both heartwood and sapwood parts, since sapwood is often some of the best wood in the log.
Sample Oak Prices
We will make the parts to your size specifications. Parts usually arrive 1/8″ to 3/8″ larger than the finished green dimensions. Let us know if you plan to turn the parts, since turned parts need to be somewhat larger.
3/4×3/4″ Spindles: $2.50/linear foot [12″ spindles are $1.50 each]
1″x1″ Bows: $4.00/linear foot
1×2″ Bows: $5.00/linear foot [triangular cross-section]
1×3″ Bows: $6.00/linear foot
1×3″ Crests: $6.00/linear foot [triangular cross-section]
2×2″ Posts/Legs: $9.00/linear foot [For ladderbacks chairs or bobbin turnings]
(we no longer sell planks wider than 4″)
Shipping: $20-$150/package. We charge you what UPS charges us.
Packing Fee: $10-$30 based on package size.
Billing/Payment: after shipping the order, we will e-mail you a PayPal bill for the total cost, including the wood, packing and shipping. You may also pay with a check.
Rivings (and maple blanks) are shipped separately from other items to prevent damage. Rivings are made to order and are shipped out monthly. Orders received during the first three weeks of the month will ship during the last week of the month. Contact Seth for more info.
PLEASE NOTE: Orders received in May and June 2022 will be combined and shipped out the last week of June. There will be no shipment at the end of May.
MAPLE TURNING BLANKS
All our turning blanks are cylindrical and can be stored indefinitely before turning (just make sure they don’t mold). Moisture content varies from green to air-dry, depending on our storage time (green blanks are a sheer joy to turn, air-dry blanks warp less). Regardless, they are easier to turn than kiln dried maple and the grain is straighter for strength and clean cuts.
Hard Maple Turning Blanks (from reject baseball bat blanks)
These blanks were split, then sawn narrower and rounded in a PA bat factory. They arrive to us green (wet), then we grade the blanks for chair parts before sawing them to length and roughing them to 2.25″ diameter. The grain is straighter than lumber can consistently produce, but not always as straight as the blanks we make ourselves. We can supply blanks up to 38″ long (and 3″ in diameter), but the extra length may necessitate increased grain run-out and small defects. My blog post has more info about the blanks and the Greenwood Source List has info for ordering 200 blanks from the mill.
Leg – $15 (3 x 20″)
Stretcher – $14 (3 x 18″)
Arm Stump – $8 (3 x 13-1/2″)
Riven Hard Maple Blanks
We split these blanks with wedges and a sledge hammer, then rough them to a cylinder on the lathe. Riven wood has straight grain, maximizing strength and minimizing tear-out while turning. The logs are shipped to us from the NC mountains.
Leg — $25 (2-1/8 x 20″)
Stretcher — $20 (1-7/8 x 18″)
Arm Stump — $18 (1-1/2 x 13-1/2″)