I am a young man just starting out in woodworking, I have just finished building my bench and I am ready to move on to some more projects. I am finding it difficult to source wood tho. Many places I email only stock construction lumber and finding slabs or nicer bits of walnut or cherry for example is proving difficult. With covid I cant really travel to merchants and ask them in person and I have been fairly unsuccessful with getting emails back. I am based in Dublin Ireland so if anyone would know a good supplier near me or even just in Ireland I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks in advance
Try calling some local tree surgeons, find out what they do with their felled trees. It may not get you those specific species, but would give you an idea what might be available and whether they mill themselves, or sell the logs to someone else.
They may also be able to point you at other sources as well (stately homes or NT sites etc). For smaller pieces that you would split and flatten, you can always ask about firewood. Of course, if it’s freshly felled and milled, you would have to store it for a while, or expect it to shrink more than a dried wood if you use it green.
I also use fencing slats. It’s not hard wood, but it can come up nice, you can buy it from a local box or garden center, and they usually don’t mind you sorting through to get some nice pieces that you can edge joint to make a larger board.