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Old 06-13-2012, 09:07 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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If your near a fair size town you my have a lumber yard that sells hardwoods Most people <or should I say normal people > don"t
like to buy boards with knots or differant color wood in it so they will cut it off because its sold by the board foot. They will gladly sell those cutoffs. Cabnet makers/installers my have Corian scrap that you can pickup real cheap or free. A 4"x4" discontued corian sample of no use to the seller each will make two slimline pens or one larger pen by cutting them one inch wide and glueing them top to top with CA glue scuff them up first.
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Tracy and I rather enjoy gathering funky drift wood from along the river for turning. My habit of picking up sticks is nothing compared to her passion for "momma rocks". Granted they are pretty but they normally weigh a bit more than a 1958 Buick!
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Hey!, Brand new to the forums I have been snooping around and decided to make an account. Anyways, i had a question. I was wondering where you guys would recommend finding cheap blanks just to start out, I live in Canada and so I have been getting them from Lee Valley Tools however the price adds up very fast when your learning. So where do you recommend i find blank preferably from Canada!
Black Forest Woods - local to you -- try to get in on the bulk bin deal for offcuts, etc.

As others have mentioned - buy lumber and cut it yourself, instead of buying pre-cut pen blanks. A 4/4 board will go a long ways.

Even at the DIY big box stores, a poplar board is cheap, and will go a long ways for practicing. Dig through the pile, and you may even find some with some nice figure.
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Try the dowel rack at a small hardware store. The big box guys are bringing in Lauan and other Asian wood dowels now, but the small guys often still have good local woods. I can still pick up Maple dowel at Home Hardware and Canadian Tire often carries Red Oak dowel.
These make simple, plain looking pens, but the wood is cheap and they sell surprisingly well.
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