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Its definately worth the savings if you just need some generic wood. I buy blanks cut specifically for pens because they are typically cut to present the best figure. If I just need a generic blank or am doing a segmented pen, I typically cut from flat stock.
Just a caution, most bowl blanks are cut green and sealed on all sides so they retain thier moisture. If you cut blanks now, they probably wont be dry enough to turn by Christmas unless you dry them some other way like a microwave or oven. Just use caution if you have to dry them, they can warp and crack when trying to dry them too quickly.
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