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    Question What suppliers do people use

    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 if possible. I like the quality of the hardware.

    I have also used Penn State Industries | Pen Turning | Pen Kits | Dust Collector. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    I also use Turners Retreat 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 for my internet supplier. David Lim the owner is very helpful when you need to contact him.

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    "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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Corky View Post
    "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.

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

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    Timberbits & Pencrafts in Glasgow - both exceptionally helpful and fair with nice kits.

    Ebay for most wood.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yorkshireman View Post
    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.

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