Pen Turning Lumber examples
Lumber used for pen turning is generally be tight grained. There are a some open grained species that make great pens such as Red Palm or Cocobolo, but can look very beautiful with the color variations and grain patterns that make them a top choice for pen design. Woods like white oak, most maples and pine do not make good pens due to the lack of hardness, distance between grains, or maybe just simply there are more attractive grain patterns on readily available types lumbers.
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