Woodcraft Woodshop - Diagonal Cut Burmese Blackwood Pen Blank 5-Piece
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You’ll see intricate designs emerge as these are turned – swirls, chevrons, arches and stripes. Includes 5 pieces of Burmese Blackwood. We have carefully and selectively cut a small quantity of...
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- Includes 5 pieces of Burmese Blackwood
- Selected for color and prominent grain
I love this diagonal cut Burmese Blackwood. It makes absolutely beautiful pens whether it is finished with CA or , my preference, a turner's finish to allow the warmth of the wood to come through and more easily show the details of the grain. I keep some of this on hand at all times. It can give you trouble with blowout if you aren't careful. I start with a very sharp roughing gouge and take light cuts before switching to a super sharp oval skew chisel.
Beautiful but not easy
I love these pen blanks because they are beautiful when finished and very popular with customers. The blanks are a little difficult to work with to keep from getting a blowout. I start with a very sharp roughing gouge taking very light cuts to get a round profile, switch to a skew and stop a little sooner than I normally would and sand to the bushings. This wood takes a beautiful finish.
These blanks have awsome grain & color. However they rip out very easily. Three blanks now, and they have all blown a chunck out before getting to sanding, even with freshly sharpened tools. I've had better luck using a narrow gouge, which removes less at a time than a wide gouge. Next attemp I'm going to use the band saw to partially round the blank prior to mounting on the lathe. The wood looks like it will take a very good shine, once you get past it ripping out.