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Wood Recommendation for Corbels

Understanding that a wood such as basswood is easy to carve in, but expensive - what would be a good cost effective wood for carving corbels that may start off as a 2 foot square glue up?  In my locale (Georgia) Southern Yellow Pine is easy to come by but agreed difficult to work with.  So what's a good alternative?

Alder would be a good alternative. Also easy to carve and fairly cheap. If they only stock knotty alder, you can still cut up a board for knot free sections and still get a good glue up for a corbel.

Question - will these be outside? If you need to be concerned about weather and bugs, Spanish Cedar is very good option. Bugs hate it. The dust can be a bit nasty also, so it's not nice to sand. Carving is OK though. I believe it is more available in larger pieces, as this is used in many exterior situations such as windows. This would be a good alternative to use inside also. I have not priced this recently, and the cost may be comparable to basswood. Another option if you're just looking for availability is poplar. I do not like to carve in this, but after carving in Southern Yellow Pine, I would have actually preferred Poplar (I never thought I would ever say that). Butternut is a good option also if it doesn't need to be structural, but cost and availability may be a question there also. Wilcox wood (http://www.wilcoxcarvingwood.com/)sells both butternut and basswood in whatever size you need. Shipping sometimes costs more for the wood, though.

Excellent advice.  Thank you Ma'am.

To answer your question:  I am finally putting together my shop after 25 years of "trying" and find the need for a lot of shelving to get everything in the garage off the floor (tools, paint cans, misc stuff).

I have been using iron pipe to support the shelving - expensive but looks good.  At $100 per shelf unit the iron pipe is high dollar.

I thought that wood shelving would be so much cheaper, but not as nice looking.  So I thought that it might be fun (and look good to) to carve a bunch of corbels in many different styles as support for all the shelves that will be and are hanging on the wall.