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The Wood Bucket
12-04-12, 22:54
Ok here is a question for all.

Which suppliers for pen hardware do you use and why. For extra credit which suppliers have you had trouble with and why.

I use Woodworking Plans & Tools | Fine Woodworking Project & Supplies at Woodcraft (http://www.woodcraft.com) if possible. I like the quality of the hardware.

I have also used Penn State Industries | Pen Turning | Pen Kits | Dust Collector (http://www.pennstateind.com). The quality is not as good, but some items aren't available anywhere else.

For wood blanks I try to stay local and/or cut my own.

ataylor
14-04-12, 20:32
Not been doing this very long so only used a couple of suppliers close to me. Turners Retreat, and John Boddy, both very good suppliers who up to now i have no issues with. I have bought from ebay also. :thumbs:

ataylor
15-04-12, 09:38
I also use ebay for items also i visit craft supplies at Bradwell in Derbyshire who have been very helpful on each visit. Maybe i will spread my choices the more i get into this turning lark. :devil:

Jim
02-12-12, 19:04
I also use Turners Retreat (http://www.turners-retreat.co.uk/) its about a 25 mile ride eachway, so when i do visit i make sure i get all the supplies i need for the projects in hand. I use Timberbits (http://www.timberbits.com/) for my internet supplier. David Lim the owner is very helpful when you need to contact him. :thumbs:

Old Corky
29-06-13, 08:14
"Woodcraft" in North Houston is the only store within driving range. About 45 miles one way but some of my doctors in the area so I often make visits together. There is a Rockler store in Houston, but much further away and has a very small selection. Most of my internet orders with Penn State Inc. Some things from Hut. Masonic pen clips from Penkits UK.

Old Corky

wm460
29-06-13, 08:31
Timber bit,
PSI
Bear Tooth Woods.
Jimjam66

ataylor
29-06-13, 08:31
"Woodcraft" in North Houston is the only store within driving range. About 45 miles one way but some of my doctors in the area so I often make visits together. There is a Rockler store in Houston, but much further away and has a very small selection. Most of my internet orders with Penn State Inc. Some things from Hut. Masonic pen clips from Penkits UK.

Old Corky

I was under the impression that Rockler stores were on the large side. :thinks:

stevenw1963
29-06-13, 10:36
Timberbits & Pencrafts in Glasgow - both exceptionally helpful and fair with nice kits.

Ebay for most wood.

yorkshireman
29-06-13, 11:01
Timberbits, Snainton Woodworking and a tree feller I've met who is now bringing me logs of oak, cherry, holly, chestnut as he gets them. Shame I've got to wait for a couple of years before they season. I'm going to try ripping some up into 1 inch planks to speed it up. Still I'll have a nice supply ready for retirement.

keith

Jim
29-06-13, 13:00
Timberbits, Snainton Woodworking and a tree feller I've met who is now bringing me logs of oak, cherry, holly, chestnut as he gets them. Shame I've got to wait for a couple of years before they season. I'm going to try ripping some up into 1 inch planks to speed it up. Still I'll have a nice supply ready for retirement.

keith

If you do cut them up Keith, make sure they are sealed, i would hate to see you on retirement day finding that they have all split ... :ciggrin:

yorkshireman
29-06-13, 18:11
I assume you just seal the ends Jim?

Neil
29-06-13, 19:01
I also use ebay for items also i visit craft supplies at Bradwell in Derbyshire who have been very helpful on each visit. Maybe i will spread my choices the more i get into this turning lark. :devil:

Craft Supplies are no more, bought by Turners Retreat which was a very strange acquisition as they were a small threat to TR, but nevertheless they have been acquired and shut down.

Neil
29-06-13, 19:12
My choice of supplier:

Kits, Timberbits (main supplier), Woodturningz for some kits, Exotic Blanks, The Turners Workshop as Vince is really helpful, (but only for a few kits)
Avoid PSI, abouts as helpful as a chocolate tea pot, Axminster, expensive and a poor selection, Turners Retreat as they tend to stock Berea Flat and Round top kits which are awful
Adhesives - Als hobbies, very fast and goodquality for Zap epoxy
Drill bits UKdrills.com
Abrasives [://www restexpress.co.uk]
EEE Cream and Shellac, [//www. toolpost.co.uk]
Presentation boxes, my own printed with designed foam to take all pens from a slimline to a majestic, wont use wood cases, there all expensive crap!
Hardware Axminster Tools, excellent service and good quality kit
Wood, Have chainsaw will travel, and Bedford Saw and Tool, great range of exotics, Stiles and Bates have excellent quality blanks. Avoid some welsh ebayer who sells complete crap. (Nothing against the Welsh you understand, cant name names but this should help to narrow it down a bit!)
Lacquers, use a variety of car lacquers from various suppliers.
Mops, the polishing shop in Cannock.

Think that the lot

Terry
29-06-13, 19:30
Good post Neil !!!!:thumbs:

Jim
29-06-13, 19:37
Do you make your own pen boxes Neil ... If so do you sell them ... :thinks:

Neil
29-06-13, 21:28
Jim,

I overprint boxes with my logo and have paid for a foam converter to make a cutting dye to provide me with a foam insert for the box. The boxes are card but in a variety of colours. I didn't see the point of sticking a hefty three quid on the cost of a pen by putting it in a wooden box that doesn't match the pen, and which, since it isn't likely to get used as a desk pen will probably get discarded anyway. Put a pen in a box and it becomes a gift - not my words but oh so true. I'll stick a picture up of what I have tomorrow.

Jed Baxter
29-06-13, 22:07
A velvet sleeve is the best i do, and i don't charge for it. :whistling:

wm460
29-06-13, 23:56
Be interesting to see you boxes.

I only include boxes for weddings and 21st etc, the ones that TB sells, unfortunately he stopped selling the single pen box.
When I donate a pen for raffle or auction for charity I put it in one of them metal single pen case, that makes it look higher class.:thumbs:

bellringer
29-06-13, 23:57
i use pen cases for sets

Penpal
30-06-13, 09:36
Suppliers are in the hundreds or thousand but for real service and real genuine honesty Timberbits runs at the top with exceptional freight and service.

Old Corky I burst out laughing at you combining visits to the doctor with purchases in the 1970,s my dearly beloved and I purchased a Photographic Studio in a country town so many farmers etc applied the same principle from out of town kids with every communicable disease turned up in those combined visits. Since I was taught to be cautious when we learned of the illnesses scrubbed out, burned toys, laundered extensively when they left. OK so you were like all of us men using man flue as an excuse for everything including.

Kind regards Peter.

justme
30-06-13, 11:18
Pen kits: Turners Retreat, Craft supplies (US) and for Sierra/Exec pens good old Timberbits
Machinery: I don't buy any as wife says NO
Abrasives and glues: Axminster (but they drive me nutz sometimes)

ataylor
30-06-13, 11:29
Pen kits: Turners Retreat, Craft supplies (US) and for Sierra/Exec pens good old Timberbits
Machinery: I don't buy any as wife says NO
Abrasives and glues: Axminster (but they drive me nutz sometimes)

I wonder if all our women are related. :goesred:

Bluefoxy
30-06-13, 12:59
I have found Timberbits to be an excellent supplier plus the postage rates from Australia are much cheaper than from the States which is why I don't buy from PSI, much as I would like to.

Ray

Old Corky
30-06-13, 18:46
I was under the impression that Rockler stores were on the large side. :thinks:

Sorry Brother, I guess I didn't make myself clear. I have never been in the Houston Rockler store. I was referring to their pen turning stock. In the current (June 2013) 140 page catalog there are only two pages relating to Pen turning, #78 with pen kits next to #79 with "Turning" (tools and equipment). Penn State Inc. has a 135 page catalog pages 98% related to pen kits and turning. Woodcraft's catalog has 22 pages of pen kits and tools and supplies.

Old Corky

wm460
30-06-13, 20:13
Machinery: I don't buy any as wife says NO


Just remember it is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. :thumbs:

Pete B
30-06-13, 22:43
Hi,
I use axminster for some machinery as their after sales is second to none. I have bought pen kits but they are expensive and a little while ago everything went up and I think the pen kits now are far too expensive. I've bought blanks from there but they are expensive except for the very think range (leopard ski..i know but some people like them) and you can get a few blanks out of them. The alternate horn and tortoiseshell blank I think are good.

Peter hemsby at the toolpost for excellent customer service, a very decent bloke too when i met him. Gave me an awful lot of help and advice when I first started. I bought most of my turning tools from him and I have far too many tools as I am a self confessed tool junkie. Sells the Australian friction polishes.

Simon hope for sanding arbours as I think they are the best. Disks I bought a lot elsewhere but can't remember where. His TC hollowing tools are very good.

Abrasives, ebay wet and dry or basically where ever google tells me they are the cheapest.

I've used snainton before for tools and a lathe good service.

Vince at Turners workshop for blanks only, he has some very good European blanks some the same as Conway stewart use. Blanks are not the cheapest but some are very good. Very nice bloke too.

Stiles and bates sometimes for bowl blanks, sometimes pen blanks as they have a good range.

Pencrafts are very efficient for psi kits but sometimes don't have large stocks.

Merv who has good blanks and has helped me out before.

Tracy tools in Devon very cheap for taps and dies and drill bits in any size. Very good if you need odd size bits that are not easy to find elsewhere and cheap.

PSI but not very often as I prefer craft supplies usa kits but I do agree the shipping costs are too much.

I've bought Joe Schneiders segmented and celtic cross blanks that are very good if like me you don't make your own. Much cheaper direct than from USA shops and cheap postage, he advertises on here now.

Schmidt pen parts Ian Jeffrey the owner is very helpful and knowledgeable for Schimdt workings and refills.

Richard Greenwald for pen parts that are harder to find and some different blanks in proper lengths as well.

Beartooth woods for kits and blanks, very good amalgam mutt blanks and sometimes different acrylics

Penturningz

Timberbits very very good as most know, but I always spend too much as I try to get the better price for 10 or more kits, blanks are good too. Cheap delivery.

Exotic blanks for very good blanks.

Various people I know through ebay for wood blanks and bowl blanks.

Turners retreat

Anything I can rescue from My Mother in Laws farm in Ireland as they burn everything burrs, wytch elm, oak, beech, bog oak you would get upset oh a 200 year old pear tree !! burnt

Indy pen dance, very nice people.

Machine mart sometimes. I bought a drill press there and a grinder and a compressor.

Silver pen parts sometimes

Golden nib for kits sometimes but do razors, very good brushes, different blanks,

Classic nib some times for very different if expensive blanks, good range of ebonite as well. Bought bock nibs before but now use Jowo exclusively as I and many others think they are better or even just the same but much cheaper, but I do sell a few myself though I should point out.

I don't use them all, all the time or even each year and I would really prefer to get everything in the uk but you can't sometimes. But using America is expensive unless you do a very large order then discounts apply. The exception being timberbits who are very good and cheap.

I use the same boxes as Neil, as he very kindly 'showed me the light'.

I buy trustone form a chubby Geordie fellow I know quite well !!

Regards

Pete

clumsysod
30-06-13, 23:35
I stole my machinery from a low life scum bag who didn't pay my wages, I am now quite happy about the result as i love the hobby I have from it.
I get my kits from eBay, Vince and Helen plus a friend gave me drawer full.
I get my finishing products from Asda or the local supermarket when I run out of toothpaste or boot polish.
CA from Screwfix or Poundland.
Tools and timber from skips or Gardens

Terry
01-07-13, 07:29
I stole my machinery from a low life scum bag who didn't pay my wages, I am now quite happy about the result as i love the hobby I have from it.
I get my kits from eBay, Vince and Helen plus a friend gave me drawer full.
I get my finishing products from Asda or the local supermarket when I run out of toothpaste or boot polish.
CA from Screwfix or Poundland.
Tools and timber from skips or Gardens

The mind boggles with you George lol !!!!!:funny::funny::funny:

Jim
01-07-13, 20:20
Hi,
I use axminster for some machinery as their after sales is second to none. I have bought pen kits but they are expensive and a little while ago everything went up and I think the pen kits now are far too expensive. I've bought blanks from there but they are expensive except for the very think range (leopard ski..i know but some people like them) and you can get a few blanks out of them. The alternate horn and tortoiseshell blank I think are good.

Peter hemsby at the toolpost for excellent customer service, a very decent bloke too when i met him. Gave me an awful lot of help and advice when I first started. I bought most of my turning tools from him and I have far too many tools as I am a self confessed tool junkie. Sells the Australian friction polishes.

Simon hope for sanding arbours as I think they are the best. Disks I bought a lot elsewhere but can't remember where. His TC hollowing tools are very good.

Abrasives, ebay wet and dry or basically where ever google tells me they are the cheapest.

I've used snainton before for tools and a lathe good service.

Vince at Turners workshop for blanks only, he has some very good European blanks some the same as Conway stewart use. Blanks are not the cheapest but some are very good. Very nice bloke too.

Stiles and bates sometimes for bowl blanks, sometimes pen blanks as they have a good range.

Pencrafts are very efficient for psi kits but sometimes don't have large stocks.

Merv who has good blanks and has helped me out before.

Tracy tools in Devon very cheap for taps and dies and drill bits in any size. Very good if you need odd size bits that are not easy to find elsewhere and cheap.

PSI but not very often as I prefer craft supplies usa kits but I do agree the shipping costs are too much.

I've bought Joe Schneiders segmented and celtic cross blanks that are very good if like me you don't make your own. Much cheaper direct than from USA shops and cheap postage, he advertises on here now.

Schmidt pen parts Ian Jeffrey the owner is very helpful and knowledgeable for Schimdt workings and refills.

Richard Greenwald for pen parts that are harder to find and some different blanks in proper lengths as well.

Beartooth woods for kits and blanks, very good amalgam mutt blanks and sometimes different acrylics

Penturningz

Timberbits very very good as most know, but I always spend too much as I try to get the better price for 10 or more kits, blanks are good too. Cheap delivery.

Exotic blanks for very good blanks.

Various people I know through ebay for wood blanks and bowl blanks.

Turners retreat

Anything I can rescue from My Mother in Laws farm in Ireland as they burn everything burrs, wytch elm, oak, beech, bog oak you would get upset oh a 200 year old pear tree !! burnt

Indy pen dance, very nice people.

Machine mart sometimes. I bought a drill press there and a grinder and a compressor.

Silver pen parts sometimes

Golden nib for kits sometimes but do razors, very good brushes, different blanks,

Classic nib some times for very different if expensive blanks, good range of ebonite as well. Bought bock nibs before but now use Jowo exclusively as I and many others think they are better or even just the same but much cheaper, but I do sell a few myself though I should point out.

I don't use them all, all the time or even each year and I would really prefer to get everything in the uk but you can't sometimes. But using America is expensive unless you do a very large order then discounts apply. The exception being timberbits who are very good and cheap.

I use the same boxes as Neil, as he very kindly 'showed me the light'.

I buy trustone form a chubby Geordie fellow I know quite well !!

Regards

Pete

Now that has opened my eyes Pete, i had never heard of half of these guys ... :thumbs:

Joe Schneiders segmented and celtic cross blanks are by far the best i have seen, just wish he was more local ... :down:

Ian
06-07-13, 03:51
Craft Supplies U S A or local ones, 1 is 100 km and the other at the top of the country not a problem with service or delivery .the bad PSI.

Ian