Ever Know This Many Exotic Wood Pen Blanks Existed ?



Here's some of the more popular exotic wood pen blanks and other materials that are used to make handcrafted pens.

While it difficult to list every type of exotic wood pen blank available, I will give some general descriptions and pictures of the ones that I work with the most and are best suited to these types of projects.

As you'll soon see, turning items on the lathe is the only choice for me. I love working with the exotic woods due to their beauty but to build a large piece of furniture out of some of these exotic woods would require taking out a loan. This way I get to use all of the best woods to build great projects without going broke (at least, not all the way broke).



While this page is a work in progress it will give you a good idea of what the majority of the woods look like. Eventually when I am finished with it I will have descriptions and/or facts about each of the exotic wood pen blanks.


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The majority of the woods that I prefer to use in my pens come from Latin America. They really have some beautiful trees in this region with lots of grain and rich colors. Here's a brief list of some of these woods :

  • Bocote
  • Cocobolo
  • Goncalo Alves
  • Kingwood
  • Lignum
  • Marblewood
  • Purpleheart
  • Rosewood
  • Tulipwood
  • Zircote

The next section covers woods from Africa. I have a lot of favorites in here too, I guess that's my problem, there are way too many woods that I really ike; it's hard to choose an actual favorite !

  • African Blackwood
  • Bubinga
  • Ebony
  • Paduak
  • Rosewood
  • Tamarind
  • Wenge
  • Zebrawood

The next section of wood covers the woods from North America. While these are not as exotic as some of the other woods, there are still some here with wonderful qualities as well.

  • Aromatic Cedar
  • Bird's Eye Maple
  • Curly Maple
  • Black Walnut
  • Claro Walnut

The final section covers the woods of Europe & Asia. There are not as many in here that I use a lot, but I do have access to all of these. Certainly, some of these are very striking exotic woods and make great pens and other fine gifts.

  • Blackwood
  • Ebony
  • English Walnut
  • Hawaiian Koa
  • Olivewood
  • Rosewood

I want to note that some of the woods above are shown in more than one list. This is because some of these exotic woods aregrown in more than one area, for example Rosewood, it is common in many areas. I hope you have fun looking at all of the different exotic wood pen blanks and hopefully it gives you an idea of the exact type that will be perfect for your pen or the unique gift for your someone special.

The list above is a tiny sample of all of the woods but these are the most commonly used. If you want to think outside the box a little we use some other materials that also make outstanding handmade pens and gifts.

Some of the other items we use include :

  • Dymondwoods
  • Acrylics
  • Corn Cobs
  • Rattlesnake Skins
  • Deer & Elk Antlers
  • Rattlesnake Skins

The list really goes on and on...there's no real end to it, only the imagination.

You can even make family heirlooms by using a piece of wood from you Grandpa's barn, house, chair, table, etc. and turning it into a pen or set of pens. If you are interested in this contact me through the information page and I'll get you the details.

Anyway, have fun and keep looking around, let me know if you have any questions.