Pen Blank Bundles

Featured Item Of The Week

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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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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Exotic Wood ~ Pen Blanks

Check out this item on our “Featured Item of the Week” page.  We are practically giving these away!  For just $75.00 you get 100 pieces of mixed species pen blanks.  You will receive Hormigo, Yucatan Rosewood and Granadillo.  Did I mention you will get free shipping too!  This is a great combo deal for anyone who makes lots of pens!

Hormigo (Platymiscium spp.) is in the Granadillo family. Hormigo can range in color from reddish brown complimented by dark brown/black streaks (Hormigo Negro) to a satiny reddish-orange, similar to that of Bloodwood (Hormigo Rojo).

Yucatan Rosewood (Dalbergia yucatensis) is a hard, light-reddish brown wood with darker-reddish brown grain. It looks like a cross between Honduras Rosewood and Cocobolo, but does not have the allergenic properties of either of them.

Granadillo (Platymiscium ulei) is also known as Coyote, Macacauba or Trebol. This is an extremely hard, satiny, reddish brown wood with charming light cream colored highlights and swirling grain.

This is a great combination of exotic species for anyone too try, and especially at this great price!  For more information please visit our website!




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

Pen Blanks make a great gift!

The holidays are upon us and everyone is scrambling for that perfect gift for that special someone.  We are here to help eliminate some of that stress!  We have a variety of gifts for any type of wood worker in any price range.  We can help you pick out a beautiful piece of wood from the smallest pen blank to the largest slab of wood!  We are always here to help…even if you don’t know anything about wood, we can help you find the perfect gift!  Pen Blanks make such a nice gift…they are inexpensive, small for packing purposes and very versatile.  We have just received a new shipment of pen blanks including Thuya, Kingwood, and Tulipwood.  We have many other species in stock as well.  If you need any assistance with your gift giving this season…Just Call us!!!  Happy Holidays from the crew at West Penn Hardwoods!