Originally Posted by jack29g
Know what you mean about finding materials. I live in London. If there is a park nearby you can almost always find dead wood lurking in the less used corners. If in doubt try and speak to any park keeper (rare I know). He might even direct you to a huge pile.
I do a lot of experimenting with hand drilling using different woods. Often the best wood for this is live wood that you then store for a couple of months before use. I have to confess I have been known to raid the park for this as well - I always choose quiet moments and take bits that would not be noticed. Very often a few weeks later the groundsmen come and hack down the bush I used anyway.
Another thing you can do is look in skips. My parents-in-law used to run their house open fire from wood found in skips. Commonly used wood in building is pine and this makes an excellent hearth board.
Richard, London, UK
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