I found a little gem of a place not too far from my in-laws place. It’s called Homestead Hardwoods. It’s just south of Sandusky, OH. It’s only 45 minutes from my house and 15 minutes from the in-laws. Very doable.
This seems like the kind of place Chris Schwarz would dig since it has a Mid-West Woodworking vibe. It’s real laid back with quite reasonable prices. I think they cater to the wooden boat building crowd found around the island area of north-central Ohio. They have lots of wide teak and mahogany. I’ve never used either of these species but I might have to after seeing some of the boards available.
Check out this piece of 8′ x 24″ walnut for a ridiculously cheap price of $188; there is a matching piece tucked under the bottom shelf. Nuts. I should’ve bought them both but restrained since I don’t have a project requiring this board.
Here is a photo gallery from my trip a few weeks ago. If you ever need someone to tag along for a trip please let me know. I’m in.