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Short on Pen Blanks? Try These Pen Turning Kits
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Did you know that there are certain styles of pen turning kits that use less than a "full" length pen blank? The Carbara or the Sierra-style kits both take less than a full blank, and there are several reasons why using them might be to your advantage. (And check out your chance to win two of these kits below!)

Do you have pen blanks or remainders that are less than the proper size? The Carbara kit uses a blank less than three inches long.

Available in three beautiful platings (Gold, Chrome, and Titanium, shown above), the Carbara pen is both easy to make and comfortable to write with. It features a well-balanced design and accepts premium Parker refills (including popular gel refills).

Is cost an issue? Maybe you sell turned pens at craft shows or online. The Sierra pen kit allows you to use only one-half of a normal blank, thus reducing the overall cost of producing the pen. The Sierra Kit comes in several beautiful styles and finishes (below and upper right):

And for something unusual, check out the brand-new Sierra Circuit-Board Pen Kit (pictured, left), which includes a blank made from a non-functional circuit board! Available in attractive gold and chrome finishes, it makes for a fabulous, unique look.

Both the Carbara and the Sierra kits are also a great way to use up scraps of exotics/specialty woods that you may have tucked away in a corner of your shop! Try them out today!

Pen blank / Pen Kit Giveaway:
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Follow these directions for your chance to win!

  1. Post a link to this blog post on your blog or website (Sorry - tweeting doesn't count.) Use this url: http://www.rockler.com/blog/index.cfm/2009/11/11/Short-on-Pen-Blanks--Try-These-Pen-Turning-Kits
  2. Then come back here and post a link to your blog or website in the comments below.
  3. That's it! The first ten commenters who have linked back to this post will win five free wood pen blanks. And on Monday, November 16th, one lucky commenter (chosen at random from all the commenters who linked), will win their choice of two free pen kits. Choose from the Carbara or Sierra lines!
posted on November 11, 2009 by Kim Adams
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