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CrossCut Black Palm Pen Blank

Item #: 48492
$5.99
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Overview

Black palm is widely known for its distinctive speckled grain pattern and pleasing color contrast. Additionally, these blanks are crosscut along the length of the pen, which results in a stunning alternation of the porous end grain and speckled long grain. Black palm can be a challenge to turn, but these blanks are resin-stabilized, and with sharp tools, can form a stunning, one-of-a-kind pen. Blank measures approximately 5" long x 3/4" square.

Technical Details:
  • Wood is crosscut along length of pen.
  • For a standard rip-cut black palm pen blank, see 20566.
  • Black palm is dense and stringy, and therefore not recommended for novice woodturners.
  • Blank measures approximately 5" long x 3/4" square

Tech Spec

Manufacturer Part Number PSCCBPALM
Weight (lbs) 0.1500
Length 5"
Width 3/4"
Species Black Palm

What's included:

(1) Crosscut Black Palm Pen Blank

Reviews

Customer Reviews

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Don't Stay Away from Black Palm

Wil Posted January 6, 2015
While I have not used this specific black palm blank from Rockler, I have made several pens using a crosscut black palm in the past.

One must consider that this blank consists of a wood that has LARGE tubeles AND is a crosscut; essentially, you are cutting into a very fragile angle into the wood.

The method to fully get a beautiful pen from this blank is twofold:
1) Use a very sharp skew chisel, turning the blank to an approximation of the shape you desire
2) Use 100 & 120 grit sandpaper to exact your final shape.

After that, sand as you would normally would in creating a smooth finish. Keep in mind that since this is a crosscut, you will have large "pores" within the blank. While some may not appreciate this appearance, it will provide you with an opportunity to create custom and unique patterns by filling in with dust from contrasting woods (maple comes to mind).

Always remember, that with each pen, one has an opportunity to expand one's skillset. My suggestion is to purchase two blanks at a time, if one goes bad, you can use the second one.

If after attempting this technique, contact Rocker customer service; I have found them to be most helpful as well as providing excellent resolutions to just about any situations.

Black palm blanks are not for the novice...after all, if it were easy, anyone could do it!

Stay away from this one

Karen Posted December 27, 2014
This cross cut blank for turning is EXTREMELY touchy. The cross cut leads to blow out throughout the entire turning process. I guess a better description would be tear-out rather than blow out.
I do not recommend this to any turner as the end result comes up way short of expectation. I ended up throwing my attempt away and don't know if I will even use the second blank that I purchased. Sorry, but this one is a looser.

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