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    Last year, just to see if I could, I made a paddle out of a plank from Wickes. As I foresaw, snapped across a knot in the shaft, but by that point I knew I could do it. My problem now is finding a supplier who will sell me a decent piece of hardwood, maple, ash, cherry, so I can do the job properly. I need about a 6 foot length. The three companies I have tried would only sell me a minimum of around 10 metres. does anyone know a supplier, preferably in the north west, so Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, North Yorkshire who would sell me a piece that size.
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    There is certainly one in or near Ripon, as a local joiner got me a length of Western Red Cedar from the place last year. All I can remember was that the place wasn't too keen on members of the public buying stuff and concentrated on supplying businesses, hence my purchase via a local cabinet maker.
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    A long way from home for you, but http://www.actimber.co.uk/ are really good if you go to see them.

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    http://www.robbins.co.uk/pdf/Retail_Pricelist.pdf

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    Pop into G&S specialist timber near the top end of Ullswater - they don't really sell bits like you are looking for in the shop, but usually have a lot of odd plank ends and if you have a good rummage there is a chance you will come up with what you need. They supply craft woodworkers, but are also producing hardwood flooring and roof trusses and stuff themsevles so you should be able to find something in between if you go and chat to them.

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    I did go into G&S the other week when I was helping a mate build a Pilgrim at Orca. They had lots of interesting offcuts but nothing over about 4ft long. I will go in next time I'm up there. However Atkinsons In Kendal do some hardwood and they cut in two a 12ft X6ins X2ins piece of ash, so I now have the makings of two paddles. So I'm happy and set up up the next 2 years. (I tend work slowly, short bursts of high activity followed by long periods of rumination and contemplation).
    Thanks for the help and suggestions.
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