The following lists contain places personally recommended by a club member. For updates and additions please contact Frank Ramsay


Hida Tool & Hardware, Berkeley. 510-524-3700 Japanese hand tools, kitchen knives, and Bonsai gardening tools. (Jim Voos)

Woodline/Japan Woodworker, Alameda. 800-537-7820 Japanese Hand Tools. Good finishing and sharpening supplies. Online only. (Jim Voos)

Soko Hardware, San Francisco 415-931-5510. A variety of Japanese tools and planes, some of which are not available from other suppliers. (Terry O'Donnell)

Luthier's Mercantile International. Healdsburg. 800-477-4437 Tools and woods for instrument makers. (Terry O'Donnell)

Robert Larson Company. San Francisco. 800-356-2195. (Terry O'Donnell, Arnie Champagne)

Woodcraft Supply. Dublin. (925) 875-9988. (Mike Cooper)

Woodcraft Supply. San Carlos 650-631-WOOD. (Eric McCrystal)

Rockler. Pleasant Hill 925.521.1800 Pleasant Hill. (Steve McCarthy)

C.B. Tool & Supply, 90 Karina Court, San Jose, (408)436-0707 or 1-800-662-9858. Conventional but large woodworking tool supply company. (George Bosworth)

Tooland. San Carlos. Focuses a little more on tools for contractors than on fine woodworking, but offers much wider variety than the Home Depot style of store. (Jamie Buxton)

Steve Smith. Steve produces glues for repairing damaged wood.

Hock Tools. Ron Hock makes high-quality blades for hand planes.



MacBeath Largest hardwood retailer I know of in the Bay area. Branches in Berkeley, San Jose, and SF. Berkeley branch also stocks Baltic Birch and Finn-ply plywoods. (Jamie Buxton)

Moore & Newton Quality Hardwoods. Large selection of 4/4 - 16/4 lumber plus hardwood panels. New address: 2115 Williams St, San Leandro, 94577. (John Blackmore)

Baker Milling Mills, air-dries, and sells local hardwoods in rough-sawn slab form. Gilroy. (Jamie Buxton)

Aura Hardwood Lumber 620 Quinn Ave., San Jose, CA 95112, 408-275-1990, - Most hardwoods. Stock fluctuates widely.

Far West Forest Products 2620 El Camino Real, (Hwy 101), Prunedale, CA 93907, 831-663-0220, also Sheridan, CA 530-633-4316- Many interesting slabs. From their site: "We offer: Lumber, custom cutting services, portable band saws, blades, sharpening services, sawmill service, tech support, and logging services." and "...over 90% of the lumber we provide comes from within a 500 mile radius of our Sheridan CA location. " (Frank Ramsay)

FogCitySawyer Located on Bernhard Ave in the Richmond hills. Ted De Gros is a full time arborist who purchased a band saw mill a couple years ago. He has stocked and dried an interesting selection of locally grown lumber. Viewing is by appointment only, times are flexible, weekend viewing is available. Ted is a ISA Certified Arborist WE-9265A, a Certified Treeworker, Climber Specialist 2016-C, and a Certified Tree Risk Assessor CTRA 1180. (Frank Ramsay)

Global Wood Source Northern Hardwoods bit the dust, but some of the folks from there have opened this store. 376 Reed St Santa Clara, Ca 95050 (Neal White)

Groff & Groff Lumberyard in Pennsylvania with high quality cherry. Even with freight charges, they are price competitive with Bay Area dealers. Robinson)

Whitethorne Construction mills and dries native hardwood in Humboldt County.

California Urban Lumber mills and sells lumber from trees cut by local municipalities or tree service companies in Northern California. They also do custom Milling. (Per Madsen)

Whole House Building Supply San Mateo: Offers quality building materials donated or salvaged from area homes and businesses. They conduct material salvage sales at houses slated for demolition or remodeling. Whole House Building Supply works with East Palo Alto non-profits allowing for all donations to be tax-deductible. (Ray Burger)

Keith Stephens Keith imports and sells hardwood, and is particularly interested in sustainable forestry.

Goby Walnut and Western Hardwoods, Porlan, Oregon Figured Maple, Walnut slabs and more.

The Woodbank Sell exotic woods from around the world as well as domestic hardwoods for woodworkers and luthiers. Have in stock Katalox, Granidillo, Chechen, Genuine Mahogany (figured & flat sawn) all FSC. Also have woods like Birdseye Maple, Curly Maple, Quilted Maple, Reclaimed old growth Redwood, Douglas Fir, and more. 772 Gilman St., Berkeley, CA. 94710, (510)982-0698

For more information

Saroyan Hardwoods of Livermore Sell a large range of hardwoods, softwoods in stock. Also do custom milling

6500 National Drive, Livermore, CA 94550 (925) 960-1970

For more information

Redwood Associates Sell reclaimed local wood

Reclaimed wood from local and domestic projects, industrial buildings, water tanks, wine tanks and barns.
I also have a nice selection of local woods primarily Claro Walnut but also other locally harvested species like Maple, Oak, Sycamore, Pistache, Madrone.

Currently available by appointment only, call 510-914-1093 or

Warehouse at 2388 Buchanan Road, Antioch Ca 94519



Sartor Saw Works. 220 Bayshore Blvd, SF 94133 415.282.6093. (Jamie Buxton)

The Carbide Shop is no longer in business in Redwood City. However, they have a pickup arrangement at Woodcraft San Carlos. Pickup/drop off is Monday before noon. They pick up your dull tools from Woodcraft, and return them sharpened on the next Monday. (Jamie Buxton)

Standard Saw. 181 10th St. Oakland, CA 510-832-0856 (Mike Cooper)

Bay Area Carbide. 1843 East Street, Concord, CA 94520 . (Mike Cooper)

Don Naples. Our own Don Naples invented and sells a sharpening machine

D Walton Saw & Knife: San Rafael. Sharpening services:



Builders Booksource. A bookstore for architects and builders. It has the largest woodworking section I've encountered in the Bay area. Berkeley. (Jamie Buxton)

William Stout Architectural Books. A terrific small shop packed with interesting books. They specialize in architecture, design, and graphics. Don't miss the basement, where much of the wood stuff is. San Francisco. (Jamie Buxton)

The QuarterSawn on-line Newsletter

The QuarterSawn is a new way to reach those who enjoy Arts and Crafts Furniture. Appealing to furnituremakers, and particularly those of us who enjoy building Arts and Crafts furniture, each issue of The QuarterSawn will features interesting and relevant information on the Arts and Crafts movement, Arts and Crafts furniture, furniture design, and detailed techniques and tips for building Arts and Crafts furniture. To read go to: and click on the Newsletter link(John Blackmore)


Tree Surgeon / Sawyer

Blair Glenn's primary business is Saratoga Tree Service, in Campbell. 408 866-7200 He also has a band mill and turns some trunks into lumber. If you're taking down a big tree and want to build furniture from it, he's a good place to start. His lumber stock depends on what trees he's encountered recently. I've seen ash, walnut, pear, redwood, valley oak, and live oak. (Jamie Buxton)


Schools / Courses / Tutors

Woodshop at Palo Alto High School, 650-329-3752 Beginner classes and woodshop availability on semester basis. (George Bosworth)

BAWA Member Marcus Miller teaches a woodworking course at Palo Alto Adult School

Woodshop courses at Sequoia High School in Redwood City. 650.306.8866 (Mike Roth)

Woodworking Technology courses at Laney College, particularly those of Jay Van Arsdale. (Bill Mannix)

Woodworking courses at The College of the Redwoods. This program, founded by James Krenov, has produced many of the country's finest crafts people. It also has shorter courses for people who are not full-time woodworkers. (Bud Ruby and Arnie Champagne)

Wood courses at the Crucible. The Crucible is mostly known for metal work, but has some wood courses too.

Courses by David Marks. You may remember David from a talk he gave at BAWA in 2003. He also has a TV show. He now teaches courses in his studio

Randall Museum. Courses for children and for adults. Our own Mike Bray teaches there. (Mike Bray)

Woodcraft and Rockler. These retail stores, listed above in the Tools section, often offer short woodworking courses and demonstrations. For current offerings, go to their national web sites and drill down to the local stores.

John McCormack. Furniture Designer, Maker & Teacher.  John also offers private instruction in his shop or in the student's shop.

Spaulding Wooden Boat Center, Sausalito Teaches yacht restoration, tradional boat building and other educational programs

David Marks. David has a show on TV, and makes fine furniture.

Ejler Hjorth-Westh. Ejler makes beautiful furniture, and teaches in the College of the Redwoods woodworking program

Arques School of Traditional Boat Building. Building and teaching about building wooden boats.

Dan Stalzer. Dan makes Appalachian-style chairs in Ft Bragg, and teaches how to make them.

Greg Zall. Greg does remarkable marquetry and furniture, and teaches at the California College of Arts and Crafts

Northwest Woodworking Studio with Gary Rogowski: Classes in many types of woodworking. More information:

Laney College in Oakland has a Wood Technology department has a series of woodworking courses inluding cabinet and furniture making :

Shop Space

Hunt Projects are renting workshop/studio space in the Bayview area of San Francisco.

A 4000 sq ft warehouse located in Bayview on the edge of the Dog Patch.
Metalshop and Woodshop facilites. Shared space with personal lockers.

For more information see:

Or contact owner, Charlie Leese, at: 415-518-7135


Galleries/ Museums/ Woodworkers/ Inspiration

Gallery M. A gallery specializing in studio furniture and fine woodwork. Half Moon Bay.

Jamie Buxton, BAWA member. Jamie and designs and builds custom furniture.

Brian Condran. Brian makes beautiful furniture.

Michael Cullen. Michael make gorgeous furniture.

Roger Heitzman.  Roger designs and builds custom furniture.

Ejler Hjorth-Westh. Ejler makes beautiful furniture, and teaches in the College of the Redwoods woodworking program

Robert Meier. Robert and his brother Christian build furniture in Aptos.

Bruce Powell, BAWA member. Bruce designs and builds custom furniture.

Jared Rusten. Jared builds furniture in San Jose.

Debey Zito. Debey designs new furniture in the Arts & Crafts style.


Woodwork related services

Lowpensky Moulding

Thickness planning and molding services.
We have a good report of them.

They are a top quality molding shop -- large volumes or short runs to order

"Boards have to be at least 5 feet long for their double sided planer to take them."

Address: 900 Palou Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124

Phone:(415) 822-7422

Monday to Friday 7.00 am - 3.30 pm

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