I bought some pieces of wood removed from the USS Constitution during routine maintenance several years ago. My wife was "organizing" (which typically means throwing my stuff away) one of our storage closets and asked if she could throw these little scraps of wood away despite the wood being in their original bags that were clearly labeled as wood from the USS Constitution. Her rationale being that l would never use them for anything. With some degree of indignation, I said absolutely not! Just to prove a point, I grabbed one of the blocks of wood and a nautical pen kit and headed to the shop. The block was pretty small and I had to cut it along the diagonal to get a blank long enough for the tube. The wood is pretty soft and reminds me of Douglas fir. Finished with Glu Boost.