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  1. Hey Maestronet, Forgive me if this is the incorrect place for this sort of question. I'm trying to begin the journey down the road of bow making, and am having some trouble getting started. Where I'm from there are no real resources to go through for this sort of thing, so I'm kind of on my own. I've been reading books on actual luthier practices, making the instruments, and have one book specifically on bow making (the Kun and Regh book). I decided I was just going to take the plunge and start working, but now I can't seem to find a good supply of wood when it comes to bows. I know Pernambuco is regulated now, and cannot be shipped around so that will be impossible to find, but from my other reading I had assumed that there would be some way to find snakewood, or ironwood that would be usable for just getting started at least. The problem is that all of the boards, or blanks I find are so small (12" maximum compared to the 30"(770mm) that this book I'm using as a reference uses). Is there any place you guys know that is a reliable supplier of woods for a beginner such as me, or any alternative woods I could attempt to use just getting started? Or am I going about this all wrong in the first place anyway. Thanks in advance for any advice, good or bad!