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A rather "exotic" question

So I was asked today by a friend if it was possible to obtain a stabilized fur blank?

Penn State Industries has Diamondback Leather blanks, more or less how the conversation was started.

So I was wondering is there somewhere I could buy stabilized fur blanks?
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Seems unlikely that somebody has stabilized fur blanks sitting around in their warehouse...

I suspect you could find an appropriate chunk o' fur and call around to locate a firm to do the work...

I REALLY would like pics of this whole thing ya got workin' here!

Seriously, good luck with it!


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I don't turn pens (yet), and what baffles me is how leather can be turned. What's that all about?

As for your stabilized fur blanks, did you mean that hairy type stuff that grows on animals, or Fir...as in wood?

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You could check with these guys and see if they could do it for ya

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Fur (as in hair) can be cast in polyresin or Alumilite. The result is, generally, not worth the work.
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A member of the turning club I joined casts a lot of blanks himself -- he's set up with the pressure vessels and pumps and stuff.

I don't know if he's done fur, but I have seen a few of his (fishing) flies made from coloured feathers. His name is Peter Patalano, his contact details are on the http://www.revolutionary-turners.com/ web site.

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