Australian #51-X Silky-Oak Stabilized clear PEN blanks - sold in packs


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Australian #51-X Silky-Oak Stabilized clear PEN blanks

sold in packs of 4 blanks

 Blanks size approx. 21mm square x130mm long 

Packs weigh approx. 250gr. each

Please select the number of packs you want otherwise, the packs supplied will be in descending alphabetical order as per availability.

This selection of blanks/packs are blanks that did curve and that did not allow to straighten, and some of the shorts resulting fom me trying to improve their curve. I put some time straighten them up, after they were in the vacuum chambers for hours and then let so soak for a few more hours. At that time, the wood being so liquid saturated, allows for some flexibility, and while 90% of them did get straight(er) some did snap as soon as I tried just a little so, I decided to keep those curved ones like that, as they were all cut oversized, 23mm to be exact, and after the cooking and cleaning the extra dry juice from the wood, the blanks still shows 22 square on the measuring tape.

This will only affect those that want to use to turn a nearly full length pen blanks, contrary to some people believes/perceptions, these sort of curvatures are 95% eliminated simply by cutting the blank in half, as soon as it is cut into 2 pieces, the slight curvature means nothing, particularly with blanks 22mm square...!

These blanks were selected for clear stabilization as they presented good natural colours but needed some strengthening, due being cross cut. 

This is another of the woods sold to me by the local timber mill, old fellow and founder, as recently he passed on the running of the mill to his oldest son.

The old fellow (Bill) has been keeping and moving these logs in the yard for many years, when he first got this Silky-Oak tree from near by, which he actually slabbed straight away and store it on the outer edge of the open shed where, it got lots of weather still. As always he kept waiting for a special something to do with them, himself but, that never happened.  We decided to reserve a small area in the yard for all his treasures but, when his son took over, he needed space and all those dozens of logs, on his fathers treasures pile, had to go.

At 78 years of age, I think is time for him to rest a little and use some extra time that he never had, on things that he never had time for.  He still wants to work with wood in his shed at home, and from what I've been told by its oldest son, he has enough wood at home to last him 50 years...!

Unfortunately for him and fortunately for me, the edges of the logs when slabbed were kept on top of the slabs to protect them a bit, and while, he wasn't letting go of the good/middle short slabs (2 logs) I manage to convince him to sell me the 4 edges, that were weathered considerably, something that I still could use form my small round and square blanks and pen blanks, plus some others bits and odds that I will list next.  The wood is old and very dry, the colours and grains are just crazy, particularly around any knots, the wood works and finishes very easily...!!


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