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Danno6102 10-15-2010 03:09 PM

20 good woods for a "catalog"
I've posted some pictures on my Facebook page of the first few pens I have done & am getting some interest from friends who want one or four. So I am trying to put together a crude "catalog" of pens styles & woods/acrylics that they can chose from. Problem I am having is that there are about 150 or more species of wood I can offer. Even I get overwhelmed with my choices. So are there maybe 20 different woods that look great & are relatively easy to turn? I am new to the pen turning thing so my knowledge of what woods work best & look best is still lmited.

Any advice on your favorite species that I could include in my "catalog".

thanks in advance!


Gary0855 10-16-2010 12:15 PM

My favorite woods to turn are Hard Maple and Cherry. You can get some fine detail due to the tight grain. You can sand almost to a mirror And they both finish well.

Jeff4woodturning 10-16-2010 04:32 PM

Buckeye burl is my all time favorite for pens. Cocobolo, and burls like Amboyna, big leaf maple, cherry are very nice.

phinds 10-16-2010 05:20 PM

There are WAY more than 20 woods that are, or can be, outstandingly attractive, and this is definitely a case where beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so you'll have to make your own choices.

I mean, it's great that folks are giving you suggestions, but at the end of the day, you'll have to decide for yourself. Pick what YOU love and if your friends don't like it, make new friends. ;)

Ledhead 10-18-2010 10:09 AM

Cocobolo is my favorite wood for turning pens. It is very hard and dense, but turns like butter. It's mostly dark wood, but very nice grain / color contrast.
I recently turned some bottle stoppers from marblewood. I really like how they turned out, as far as grain color and contrast. They are lighter in color.
Many of the exotic species of wood are toxic, you'll want to keep from breathing too much of the dust in.

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