Central Indiana Hardwood Sources: Where to buy Domestic and Exotic Hardwood Lumber & Live Edge Slabs around Indianapolis
It occurred to me today that I have loads of sources for very nice hardwoods worthy of the finest furniture makers, woodworkers, and woodturners that may prove useful to others in Indy looking for lumber. So here it is, the MillerWoodcraft lumber list, my favorite places in and around Indianapolis to find unique material. This list is in no particular order, if you live in or near Indy, you owe it to yourself to pay each one of these great lumber dealers a visit. Don't cheat yourself, treat yourself.
Hood Farms Sawmill - Hood Farms ans Sawmill is a family operation specializing in rough sawn, kiln dried hardwood located just east of Indianapolis. The hoods are milling up big boy slabs in excess of 40" across, and have a MASSIVE slab barn with more live edge slabs than you can shake a stick at. If you're looking for conference table size slabs of walnut, ash, maple, or any other domestic, this is where you're going to want to be. Hood farms operates by appointment only, and are located just east of Indianapolis in the Cumberland area. While you're there, treat yourself to some farm raised grass fed beef, and a rick of firewood for the winter.
Indy Urban Hardwood - Indy Urban Hardwood is the creative problem solving of Brian Presnell and the introduction of urban milling into the Indianapolis design scene. Indy Urban Hardwood is located south east of downtown on Raymond Street. Brian is an artist and furniture maker himself who has set out to keep trees out of the landfill and into the hands of artists, makers and students. Brian has many relationships with veneer manufacturers, and processes fallen trees from city forests, suburban areas, and Indy Parks. If you're looking for unique responsibly sourced material, this is a spot you're going to want to check out.
TheForestersWoodCo - The Foresters Wood Co. is run by an Independent sawyer in north-central Indiana. The Foresters has been my favorite instagram source to watch for those high character and unique boards. You're going to want to follow this account just for the photos, these guys are hawks for character in wood, they know the signs to look for and are always posting great material for sale. Follow @TheForrestersWoodCo and message them when you see a piece you like.
Northwest Lumber Co. - Northwest lumber company has been supplying building materials in Indy since 1956. Northwest specializes in high end furniture grade wood, tone woods for instrument building, exotic hardwoods from around the world and fine woodworking hand tools. Northwest is the place to go, if you're looking for lumber on Indy's west side. Northwest lumber is a 1 stop shop with everything your heart desires from domestic to the most exotic and unusual, Northwest Lumber has got it in 4/4 8/4 and 12/4.
Frank Miller - Frank Miller lumber company is the go to source for anyone who's looking for Quarter Sawn Lumber. Frank Miller Lumber has an incredible milling process to expose the beautiful quarter-sawn character of red oak, white oak, cherry, hard maple, walnut and hickory. Frank Miller's showroom is a bit of a drive from Indy in Union City, but... they also deliver :)
Rockler/Woodcraft - These are 2 different chain stores with a locations in Castleton. They carry a variety of domestic and exotic hardwoods, as well blanks for woodturning and knife making. I don't visit them too terribly often for lumber. Mostly because since the boards are all surfaced, the price of the material is a little more expensive. If I'm looking for purple heart, or some nice fiddleback figure on a curly maple board Rockler and Woodcraft are very reliable.
If I missed anyone, drop me a comment or a message on instagram @millerwoodcraft.