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  • What are the Blank Sizes
    Pen Blanks: We currently stock three different blank sizes to suit a range of pen making and other small turning projects. The sizes are as follows: Standard Pen Blanks - 19mm x 19mm x 145mm (3/4" x 3/4" x 5 3/4"). These are suitable for most pen, pencil and other small project kits. Oversized Pen Blanks - 25mm x 25mm x 150mm (1" x 1" x 6"). Suitable for the large bodied pen kits and other larger project kits. Long Pen Blanks - 19mm x 19mm x 200mm (3/4" x 3/4" x 8"). These are ideal for making dip pens and more ornate spindle projects. Ring Blanks: 45mm x 45mm x 15mm (1.75" x 1.75" x 0.6"), planed on two faces. Used for ring making Knife Scales: 130mm x 40mm x 10mm (5" x 1.5" x 0.375"), planed on two faces, pattern matched. Used in knife making for handles. Carving Blanks: 25mm x 25mm x 150mm (1" x 1" x 6"). The same as Oversized blanks, but made from carving timbers and not end sealed. Project Blanks: 45mm x 45mm (1.75" x 1.75") profile and supplied in various lengths from 65mm (2.5") to 150mm (6"). Idea for larger project kits such as Corkscrews and Bottle Stoppers. All sizes are +/-1mm on the short sides, +/-5mm on the long side.
  • What are the differences between carving blanks and turning blanks?
    There are very few differences, indeed the 'Small Character' blanks we sell are the same size as the 'Oversized' pen blanks. The Carving blanks are simply those cut from timbers more often used for carving such as Lime, Basswood, Tulipwood and Red Cedar. Also, we do not end-seal the carving blanks as a carver is more likely to use the whole of the timber and the sealant can spoil the appearance and affect any applied finish. If you would like to purchase any of our other blanks without the end seal please let us know and we will get some cut.
  • What Are 'Engangered' Timbers, and why do you sell them?"
    Many timbers around the world are considered endangered, or at risk of becomming so. These timbers, and items made from these timbers (yes, even pens) must not be exported or imported. The best explanation I have found for this can be found on the Wood Database site HERE. However, there are still stocks of these timbers in the UK, in old timber mills and reclamation centres. These can be sold within the UK without restriction as they do not threated the timber in nature. If these timbers were not sold, they would be left to rot or become landfill. Using reclaimed timber reduces the demand for new timber to be felled.
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