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Welcome to Artisan's Asylum! We hope you will contribute much and well. You will probably want to read the help pages. Again, welcome and have fun! Jess Muise 09:33, 30 June 2017 (EDT)



Very Local

  • Atlas Metals, Only one mile from our Tyler St location and open until noon on Saturdays. 475 Columbia Street, Somerville, MA 02143. (617) 666-8440. ‎


  • Metal Supermarkets in Woburn. You can order online, or show up and buy there. They like the Asylum.
  • Admiral Metals in Woburn is great. You can buy just about any metal except mild steel (aka "normal" steel; they do stainless though), of any type (tube, bar, sheet, plate etc...) and they do it all by weight. For example: 4"x4"x12" 1/8" wall aluminum tube... $7. A downside is that they keep banker's hours. 11/4/2014 MetalSource recently changed and now only does online/phone ordering. During a call recently, I noted that pricing was now no longer done by weight and the materials were considerably more expensive. [11 Forbes Rd, 781/932-0482]
  • For small tubing, Artist & Craftsman Supply (Cambridge, Central Square) and Tags (also Cambridge; Porter Square) are decent sources.
  • Cambridge Metals in allston. Primarily targetting roofing supplies, but they claim to have some other stuff as well. Their website may be weird, has info.
  • Grainger Steel, aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, stainless, etc. Order items online and pick up at their local branch in Everett (3.8 miles from the Asylum) to avoid shipping charges.
  • J. Freeman in Dorchester. Sheet aluminum and sheet plastic.
  • Kaufman in Norwood, so driveable to save shipping. Spot-checking materials like sheet & bar stock, they seem to be 1/2 to 2/3rds the price of MSC until you get into huge sizes (e.g,. 1.5"-diameter solid bars, etc), at which point they still seem at least somewhat cheaper than MSC. They claim to have a 1700-page paper catalog.
  • in Connecticut. they do online and in person. Prices for their Bargain Barn are $1/lb for steel and $5.00/lb for stainless/aluminum. They have a great selection, but cut at a rate of $20 for the first cut and $2 per cut thereafter. Remember to bring cutting tools if you want to avoid the fee and don't have a truck.
  • Mid City Steel For large section (you know, girders) they are a long haul, but they do have an online inventory, so you can check before you go.
  • MIT's central machine shop will sell stock to MIT affiliates for cash.
  • Philip A Rand Co 139 California St, Newton, MA 02458 – Good source for steel wire for sculptural and other applications. Small place, they will let you in back to "feel" the wire.
  • Pierce Aluminum for aluminum. May have better delivery rates / minimum.
  • Sumo Steel in Medford has been known to sell steel & aluminum scrap and offcuts. This is an industrial steel fabrication shop nominally, but they have a bunch of stock and scrap that they sell for cash to make a couple bucks in this wintry economic clime. Call first.
  • Turner Steel Co. Inc. is in West Bridgewater, MA. $25 minimum, $150 minimum for delivery. 1-800-521-8881. Aluminum, brass, steel, threaded rod, drill rod, tubing, etc. They can get many of the items on this extended stock list
  • Central Steel Supply

By Mail

  • Ebay has a surprisingly large selection of metal stock
  • MSC has a huge selection of everything (not just metals); normal UPS shipping is typically next-day from their nearby depot. Can be pricey, but they have lots of promotions. Good search engine; enormous cinderblock of a paper catalog ("The Big Book").
  • McMaster Carr Like MSC; somewhat different selection. Very nice search engine (but hard to get normal paper catalogs).
  • Wick's Aircraft 4130 steel tubing.
  • Online Metals Small quantity metal orders, lots of selection.


Tool Testing

Test sub-page for tool testing.

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