Luthier Supplies on Sale!

Be sure to keep an eye on our new website for specials and deals that you won’t find anywhere else!  We have a new “Featured Item of the Week” section that we will change weekly with sale items.  This week we are running a special on Guitar Sets ~ 30% OFF (some exclusions apply).  Be sure to watch for these specials because they change every week!!!  Happy Shopping!

Why are most of the Exotic Turning Stock pieces covered in wax?

Why are most of the Turning Stock pieces covered in wax?  This is one of our most commonly asked questions and so I thought I would pass along some helpful information.  We do sell some products that are kiln dried, if they are kiln dried they are clearly marked as such.  However, we are not able to tell you the moisture content of all of our species, they are all in various stages of drying.

*Please be advised that most exotic turning stock is generally green/wet due to the tropical climate from which it comes.  We fully wax our turning stock to prevent cracking in the drier North American Climate.  Do not remove this wax until you are ready to use the material.  We are not responsible for damage/cracking due to improper handling.*

The best way to handle this material is to rough turn it, place it in a paper bag and wait until it dries out a bit before proceeding to finish it.

Also, the wax will easily turn off when you start cutting the wood on your lathe. In some cases the wax needs to be removed without turning…the best way to do this is to heat it and it will melt off.

There are many helpful tips and forums available about this topic online that can offer many types of advice on this issue.  We will continue to offer helpful suggestions from time to time.  If you have a particular question or feedback on a topic you could contact us directly.  I hope you found this to be somewhat helpful!

New Shipment of African Species has arrived

We just received a shipment of African Species that are now available for sale.  We received African Blackwood, Mopani and Pink Ivory in various sizes of turnings and pen blanks. Our supplies are limited and these species often sell very quickly.  We have them listed on our website, but if you need any additional information please don’t hesitate to call us!

African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) heartwood is dark purple-brown with dark black streaks and the sapwood is creamy white The wood is very nice to work, but very hard.  This Material is top turney grade material.

Mopani (Colophospermum) heartwood is brown to reddish, the thin sapwood is yellow to light brown. The wood is very hard and heavy. It doesn’t split or slit easily, the oily content of the wood might explain this worthwhile characteristic. The tone is as rich and powerful as Blackwood, but is a little bit warmer.  Its high density, light sound and workability make it an attractive alternative to Blackwood, especially in very dry and humid countries where Blackwood has tendency to split.
Pink Ivory (Berchemia zeyheri) the grain is straight to irregular, while the texture is very fine. Pink Ivory sapwood is almost white, and the pink heartwood, after long exposure, tends to become orange-colored. Pink Ivory seasons very slowly and needs care to prevent checking.
These are all very beautiful top turning grade species.  We have a limited supply so please call us today if your interested or visit our website at www.westpennhardwoods.com