My name is Gary and am new to scroll saw art. My first project was cutting out the Grandkids names, which came out very well. From there I did a sea bird and painted it instead of using exotic woods. My next project will include exotic woods and am interested in finding where I can get samples at a reasonable cost. I don'[t want to invest too much at this time but would like to experiment with A) how different woods cuts, B) how different woods look, C) how different woods stain and D) is it really worth it to to use different woods or paint/ stain them. I know these are simple questions, but am just starting out & trying to teach myself. Thanks in advance for any information. I live in Rochester, NY. Also if anyone knows of any clubs I can join would be appreciated . Thanks.