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: https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/research/centers/woodanatomy/techsheets_display.php?geo_category_id=4&genus_commonname_criteria=c&sorting_rule=1a
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: http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Danger_in_the_Woods.html 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: http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/preventing-color-changes-in-exotic-woods/