- 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
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Don't Stay Away from Black PalmPosted January 6, 2015
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 onePosted December 27, 2014
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.