I do have questions!! I have to do things on small scale due to income restraints but I work at living a full life. Right now, I am looking for blanks and haven't ruled out free wood. I would like to know if free wood is worth using. There is free wood listed here in town that is not pine and I thought of getting a couple of pieces even if I have to pay to have it squared off so that it can be cut into blanks. Is this good enough for pen use? I know wood needs to be dried for a couple of years before it can be used(correct me if I am wrong) but I figured why turn down something free if it can be used.