I find that I just can’t achieve truly good results when working with “bad” wood. Can you recommend some tips and sources for finding good, straight, clear wood?
Michael Dresdner: My favorite source is Woodfinder.com. They will help you find both the best quality and price no matter where you live.
John Brock: It depends on how you approach the project. Straight, clear grain stock is great when fitting the stock to your project. Sometimes, distressed wood can be much more visually interesting. The trick here is to let the bad wood inspire an appropriate project