Re: looking for good wood source in Mass.
30 minutes north of Boston, Moynahan lumber in Reading has WRC and sometimes ERC..they have Maple .. but it is expensive...
You can order AYC and Port Orford from Salty's... 1 1/4" birch and maple dowels can be ordered from McMaster Carr... also keep your eye out in yard sales, some chairs and table tops are made from maple and birch.... I recently scored a large butcher block bench top that was warped and put in the trash on the side of the road... it made some very lovely darters and Conrads...earlier this fall someone threw a set of birch kitchen chairs in the dumpster.... I made slope heads from them...