I get a lot of my wood from my wood pile, maple, cherry, yellow birch, etc. you have to have the table saw to square it up and then let it dry for awhile. If I'm just start out on a new design I'll just practice on chucks of white pine from 2x4s until I feel I have the turning down. I did have to find a saw mill in my area to get AYC, but home Depot and any of the lumber stores in your area should have the standards, white cedar, maple, birch, white pine etc. Do and internet search and see what comes up. Also search this forum, I saw someone looking to unload some wood not to long a go in the RI,MA area. Good luck!