Pen Blanks - Bocote - (set of 5 blanks)

Pen blanks made from Bocote lumber, set of 5 blanks. Nominal dimensions: 3/4" x 3/4" x 5". Your pen blanks may not be pre-made. Please allow up to two weeks for fabrication and shipping of your product.

Bocote pen blanks are cut from Bocote, a hard wood, found in Mexico and Central/South America. Also known as Cordia, freshly worked Bocote had a stunning tan/brown/black, which left unprotected (see below) will darken further over time.


Nominal dimensions: 5"x.75"x.75".


Relatively easy to work with, as long as you keep your tools sharp, Bocote has wonderful grain patterns and color, giving it a great finished look in custom turned pens. Turning this wood and watching the grain patterns change is a true delight. Tans, browns and blacks mix to provide intriguing patterns of grain. The wood is slightly open pore, requiring a sealer if you desire a true piano finish, or other slick surface with this wood.


Useful links on Bocote:


The USDA provides a large list of wood species with links to information about their properties:


If you do not know about wood allergies and potential issues while working with wood, the following link presents some information you should be familiar with while working with wood: I have used this link without permission, as I was unable to find contact information for Custom Woodworking Business.


Some useful information on preventing color changes in exotic hardwoods is available at: