Raw materials can be found out on the trail and by using tools on animals or trees. You can use recipes to craft food, tools, and gear to help strengthen your character. Use the Map to navigate to an area that has specific material you need.
Some of the more advanced materials that are used in recipes or to upgrade your house must be refined at a specific house. Click on the “Upgrade” button when in your house and then “Where are these?” to find out where you can go to collect the materials you need for your upgrade. For example, stone tile must be worked at the Stonemason’s house and Metal Bolts at the Blacksmith. The upgrade menu will also tell you the name of the nearest Stonemason and Blacksmith!