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I bleed orange - Jesus bled for me.
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Okay, so I've now got a lathe and I have some pen blanks. The next question I have is where I can get the kits for the pens. Where do y'all get all the pieces? I went to penmakingsupplies.com and couldn't find anything with "just" the kits, the only thing I could find was the entire kits, blanks and all. Was I just not looking in the right spot or is there somewhere else to go?

My grandpa is going to show me the first few but I would like to have some extra stock to mess around with because I learn better hands on. Where would y'all go from here? Thanks for the help!

-Willie
 

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El Viejo
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x3 on Bobby and Linda...

Other suppliers are Craft Supplies USA, and Woodcraft... Quick Google will find them for ya..but best prices ARE at Penn State

If you just cant wait on the mail...might make a run into Austin....Woodcraft has a shop there..
Austin 8904 Research Blvd. Austin TX 78758 Phone: (512) 407-8787 Fax: (512) 407-8790 [email protected]
 

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but best prices ARE at Penn State
And the best QUALITY is at Craft Supplies USA, Berea, or one of the Berea resellers. PSI's kits are mostly from a Chana manufacturer while CSUSA and Berea's kits are from Dayacom, a Tiawan manufacturer. The Dayacom kits are heads above the China kits from PSI. If you want cheap, go with PSI. If you want quality, go with one of the others. There really is a difference.

BTW, if you want PSI stuff, you can get it cheaper from some of their resellers and usually get better service. Here are some references:

PSI resellers:
Wood-n-whimsies: http://www.woodnwhimsies.com/
Woodturningz: http://www.woodturningz.com/Pen_Kits.aspx

Craft Supplies USA: www.woodturnerscatalog.com
Berea: http://www.bereahardwoods.com/
Berea Resellers:
Beartooth Woods: http://www.beartoothwoods.com/catalog/ (wonderfule service, btw)
Arizon Ailhouette: http://arizonasilhouette.com/ (**** poor attitude if you talk to them on the phone but good service if you just go online)
Woodcraft: http://woodcraft.com (also local in Austin on 183) is also a Berea reseller.

And since you are not that far away, if you ever want to make a trip to San Marcos for a little hands on help, my shop always welcomes visitors! I have a really easy and good CA finish that I have demonstrated to many folks and completely enjoy sharing what I have learned. The same applies for any other 2coolers that happen to be in the area or want to come for a day trip!
 

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Thanks for the offer Curtis.
 

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I bleed orange - Jesus bled for me.
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Thanks everybody for the responses and helpful links.... MesquiteMan I really appreciate the offer, I wouldn't mind learning some hands on tips.
 
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