Pen Blank Bundles

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Pen Blank Bundles
You will receive 40% OFF retail prices when you buy these pen blanks in this quantity!  It’s a great deal on some of our most popular pen blanks species!

Black Palm Pen Blanks – 200 pack with Free Shipping

Black Palm (borassus flabellifer) is hard and dense, with stringy type grain. Somewhat difficult to machine, needs sharp tools, distinctive end grain.

Typical Uses for Black Palm: knife handles, game calls, pens, pool cues, bowls, wine bottle stoppers and other ornamental turnings.

Source Region: Myanmar

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 East Indian Rosewood Pen Blanks – 200 Pack with Free Shipping

East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) is a beautiful exotic turning wood that is easy to work with. Wonderful striped figure. It is very stable. The resin makes it a little hard to glue, and it is necessary to pre-drill before nailing. Only exported as turning squares or components for musical instruments. Source: India
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Exotic Ebony Lumber – Piece# EB25 – Turning Square

Gabon Ebony Diospyrus Crassiflora

Gabon Ebony (or Black Ebony) is a very dense, very hard wood with straight to slightly interlocked grain and a fine texture. Gabon Ebony is believed to be the blackest wood that grows. It is necessary to pre-bore black ebony for nailing and screwing and this hardwood does takes glue well.  Ebony can be polished to an excellent finish.

*Please Note: Not all Ebony is all black. Pieces may have slight discoloration or streaking.

3” x 4-7/8” x 5-3/4” ~ SOLID BLACK PIECE ~ Unique Piece

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To see more Unique Ebony pieces check out our Unique & Rare Items section!

Finished Slabs

 

 

 

Most people don’t know what a slab looks like once they are finished.  When you look at a piece of wood you may not be able to see a grain or color pattern.  Once a slab is finished, it can totally shock you with how unique it is.  We have finished a few species to show our customers what slabs will look like when finished.  We hope that in the future we may be able to do this with more of our products and species!  I hope you enjoy the photos and remember, we have all of these available!

Slab-Guanacaste

This is how amazing Guanacaste Slabs look finished!

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African Mahogany just has an unreal finish!

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Purpleheart Slab has a beautiful color effect.

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Sapele has the most beautiful grain once finished.

Ebony Unique Piece EB2

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This is an extremely rare piece because of it’s size! This is 4” thick x 5.5” wide x 28.5” long

Gabon Ebony Diospyrus Crassiflora

*Please Note: Not all Ebony is all black. Pieces may have slight discoloration or streaking.

We have just received our Ebony shipment and have several 4” thick pieces that are solid black! We will list each piece individually, so be sure to check our Unique & Rare Items section to see what is available!

East Indian Rosewood ~ On Sale Now!!

East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) comes from India and is a beautiful exotic turning wood that is easy to work with. Wonderful striped figure. It is very stable. The resin makes it a little hard to glue, and it is necessary to pre-drill before nailing. Only exported as turning squares or components for musical instruments.

West Penn Hardwoods offers precut and sanded thin East Indian Rosewood boards on our Thin Dimensional Stock page. For the luthier or hobbyist guitar builder, we also carry East Indian Rosewood guitar sets and finger boards on our Musical Grade Lumber & Sets page.

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Featured Item of the Week!

East Indian Rosewood ~ Select Sizes on Sale This Week ~ 25% OFF
We have some over-stock on East Indian Rosewood!  We have marked down several sizes including LARGE bowl blocks and some Spindle Stock material.  This is a huge savings!!  Please visit our East Indian Rosewood Turning Stock page for more details!

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Snakewood ~ Exotic Turning Wood

Did you know that Snakewood is one of the world’s most rare species, only growing in a small region in the north part of South America. It is named snakewood due to the remarkable resemblance to a real snake’s skin. Snakewood is extremely heavy, hard and strong. Heartwood is reddish brown with speckles of black appearing as hieroglyphics or snakeskin markings. Snakewood has a straight grain and fine, even texture. Snakewood is brittle and splits easily. Very smooth when finished; has a natural polish.

As a rare and small tree, prices for surfaced and milled Snakewood that display the characteristic snakeskin pattern are perhaps the most expensive of any exotic lumber worldwide in terms of per-boardfoot cost. Less figured sections of the wood are usually sold for much lower prices. Snakewood is also commonly sold in full and half log forms.

One look at a highly figured piece of Brosimum guianense and it’s easy to see why it’s called Snakewood: the dramatic specks and splotches bear a close resemblance to the skin of a snake. Such figuring can be so pronounced that it has been compared to the writing of hieroglyphics, and is sometimes called Letterwood. In addition to its colorful figure, Snakewood is also among the densest and hardest of all wood species worldwide. Among woodworkers, it vies with Lignum Vitae as the heaviest wood in the world.

We have just received more Snakewood into our facility, and we have plenty to go around!  We have 1.5 x 1.5 x 12 and 1.5 x 1.5 x 18’s available, but these sizes will go fast, so order while you can!  In addition, we have marked our other sizes down by 25%!!  Take a look at our Snakewood page today to place your order!

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How to Turn a Bottle Stopper

How to Turn a Bottle Stopper

Bottle Stoppers are fun projects that are a great way to use smaller blocks and scraps of wood that are accumulating in your shop.   Making a bottle stopper is quick and easy and a great starter piece.

Start Making your Bottle Stoppers now by following the guidelines below:

Prior to the turning session cut your wood blanks into 1.5’’ squares by 2-3’’ long.  Depending on the kit manufacturer, a 2’’ long blank may limit designs a bit.  Make sure the blanks are square for drilling the hole and a good fit to the stopper bottoms.

Depending on the kit manufacturer or style of bottle stopper made, each mounting system for stopper blanks will vary a bit.  The drill bit has masking tape on it to mark the one-inch drilling depth required.

Use a jig to drill the stopper blanks holes 1’’ or per kit recommendations.  It’s recommended that the stopper blanks be drilled prior to the turning session.

Screw the bottle stopper onto the mandrel.  Bring the tail stock with a live center up to the blank for support.  Round the blank with your roughing gouge.

Turn the base of the blank down to the mandrel busing, establishing the base.   Once you have turned your stopper design, sand the stopper through 600 grit.

Back off the tail stock and turn away the nub that’s left and sand.  When done apply the finish of your choice.  Friction finish or sanding sealer followed with Tripoli and White diamond buffing wheels are good choices.  They are relatively easy and quick allowing completion during the turning session.

When screwing the turned bottle stopper tops onto the bottoms, use a few drops of CA glue or 5 minute epoxy in the hole to help set the threads.

Enjoy your completed project!

For a limited time only we will be offering these Bottle Stopper Packages for 20% off retail prices.  It’s a great mix of species that will help you get started making yours today!  For more information or to order this package simply click here or call us anytime. 

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Honduran Mahogany Log

Honduran Mahogany log that is 17′ long, ranges in 27-32” in width, and is 8/4 and some 18/4 slabs. This is perfect for boat building material! And for a limited time only this will be sold for $15.00 per board foot if you buy the WHOLE LOG!! Call us for details!

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Exotic Wood Specials!

Featured Item of the Week!  For this week only we will be having some great deals on Tulipwood and Kingwood select turning stock packages.  We have 5 and 10 piece packages that are up to 20% OFF.  This is a limited time offer so hurry and get your orders in today.

Kingwood

Kingwood ~ Select size packages are up to 20% OFF of retail prices.  Kingwood is also called “Violetwood” or “Violete”. Kingwood is light to dark violet-brown with lighter and darker stripes of purple. Bright luster, fine texture and is very stable in service. Very hard and heavy. Takes a high natural polish and develops patina as it ages. Fairly rare.

Tulipwood

Tulipwood ~ Select size packages are up to 20% OFF of retail prices.  Tulipwood has irregular streaks of yellow, rose and red or violet on a cream to straw colored background. The wood has a fine texture, high luster, and takes a high polish. Hard and heavy. Somewhat difficult to work.

Exotic Turning Wood ~ Burls

Featured Item Of The Week

CANXAN NEGRO BURLS ~ 15% Off

For a limited time only all Canxan Negro Burls are 15% OFF.  This includes all burls, pen blanks, turning blanks and cants/billets in our Canxan Negro Category!  We have many turning blanks and billets available that will fit any woodworker’s needs.  If your interested in buying burls, this is the time…this sale is for ONE week only!  Please use coupon code: CANXBURL at checkout to receive discounts on Canxan Negro Burl items.

Canxan Negro Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, its rarity also adds expense.  It is very sought after.  Burl wood is very hard to work with hand tools or on a lathe because its grain is twisted and interlocked, causing it to chip and chatter unpredictably.  This “wild grain” makes burl wood extremely dense and resistant to splitting.

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