Next stage to start researching into Lime wood suppliers and cost per carving blocks (or blanks is another common term used). Lime wood is a traditional carver's timber that is a kiln-dried european hard wood. With a yellowish-white to pale brown colour it is one of the softest of the hardwood family. Its fine grain is perfect for hand held carving but hard enough to work sharp detail into and when finished leaves a subtle texture. I came across a forum with a A-Z list of UK workshop wood suppliers.
Lime Wood merchants from - http://quest42.co.uk/woodwork/html/ws.html
A Harrison - Northants, NN15 5PB
Associated Timber Services Ltd - Lincolnshire, NG33 5LT
John Bradford - DEVON, EX11 1PU
Niche Timbers - Wakefield, WF2 9LP
North Heigham Sawmills Ltd. - Norfolk NR2 4TW
Robbins Timber - Bristol BS3 2UN
From the list the two suppliers below I can order Lime wood straight from their website and have it delivered the rest I will have to contact by phone to enquire about the prices of Lime carving blanks.
Ockenden Timber - Churchstoke, SY15 6EB - supply and number of different sized blocks but only 51mm deep. Prices from £1.43 - £8.48
S.L.Hardwoods - Croydon CR0 2EA - only supply 200x100, 300x200, 450x300 but 80mm thick. Price - £7.74 (Exc VAT) They also stock 150mm thick and a good selection of carving tools.
I will also need to look into what types of different carving tools I will need and where I can pick them up from.