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Old 09-12-2017, 03:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Roger, is it the light colour you are after?
Or is it also figuring as well as colour?
If it is just the colour, I would suggest American Poplar aka. "Cottonwood" as a local and readily available species.
To Give it an Australian Flavour, My overall favorite would be Huon Pine, that is an Extremely Exotic and somewhat scarce timber.
It has been prohibited from being felled in Tasmania, where it is uniquely local too, for many years, and the only source is from Logs that are recovered from the Rivers, Lakes or Dams.
Huon Pine can have some nice Grain Patterns and Birds Eye's, and is highly sought after, and is usually Priced Accordingly
And of course we should not forget the Pinus Radiata, and Norfolk Island Pine, as well as all the local Pines, that thrive around Suburbia.
One shouldn't leave out Camellia, Cotoneaster, and Citrus, these are also quite light coloured.
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Roger, is it the light colour you are after?
Or is it also figuring as well as colour?
If it is just the colour, I would suggest American Poplar aka. "Cottonwood" as a local and readily available species.
To Give it an Australian Flavour, My overall favorite would be Huon Pine, that is an Extremely Exotic and somewhat scarce timber.
It has been prohibited from being felled in Tasmania, where it is uniquely local too, for many years, and the only source is from Logs that are recovered from the Rivers, Lakes or Dams.
Huon Pine can have some nice Grain Patterns and Birds Eye's, and is highly sought after, and is usually Priced Accordingly
And of course we should not forget the Pinus Radiata, and Norfolk Island Pine, as well as all the local Pines, that thrive around Suburbia.
One shouldn't leave out Camellia, Cotoneaster, and Citrus, these are also quite light coloured.
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Thank you, Brian. Indeed, I'm looking for something lighter in color with interesting grain. The vast majority of my experience is in building custom guitars, and I'm familiar with the lexicon of woods that are usually discussed in those circles. I was curious if there was anything I was overlooking in the realm of pen turning.

I appreciate everyone's input and ideas!
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Ash--especially crotch for pens. Only pic I could find quickly is below, second from right. This blank had a touch of BLO and finished with WTF. Last one I did I used mineral oil and then CA, was noticeably lighter in color, but the mineral oil doesn't bring out the pattern as well as BLO (at least in my eye).

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Some mallee burl is light blondish and very nice looking.
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Chinaberry wood is light with beautiful grain. Its not easy to find though.
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Thank you, Brian. Indeed, I'm looking for something lighter in color with interesting grain. The vast majority of my experience is in building custom guitars, and I'm familiar with the lexicon of woods that are usually discussed in those circles. I was curious if there was anything I was overlooking in the realm of pen turning.

I appreciate everyone's input and ideas!
Ok, so here are a couple that are a little more unusual and probably more common in the pen world than anywhere else:

Black Locust Burl (not too hard to find)


and White Amboyna Burl, the third from the right in the pic below is about as light as you will find (very rare, and very expensive)

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Hi Roger,

Ive had success turning a knotty piece of magnolia

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Ancient Kauri Pen Blank - WoodTurningz

how about light colored with paperwork
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I like olive wood. Plus it makes the shop smell great when turning.
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