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10/31/14 I will be out of the shop from Wednesday, November 5 through Thursday, November 13 and will be back in the shop on Friday, November 14. Any and all orders for in stock items such as Cactus Juice and dyes should ship as normal. Gaige, my right hand, will be here filling orders and shipping while I am away. I will be out of the country on a family vacation and will NOT be checking phone messages or e-mail until after I return. Then it may be a few days before I get caught up so your patience is appreciated.

Tutorials and Instructions



 Stabilizing with Cactus Juice






Using  Cactus Juice

Reverse Painting "Original Cactus Blank"™ Pen Blanks


Why I prefer Alumilite instead of PR for casting!

Complete step by step discussion of casting your own pen blanks with Alumilite


The Battle of the Vacuum Pumps 3 CFM vs. 6 CFM


Homemade Super Belt Sander from a Treadmill


Cactus Juice stabilized wood hardness comparison



Links to Materials and Supplies
I recommend these companies becasue they are fellow craftsmen and have great stuff!

Between Centers Bushings from  Penturners Products --These are the very best thing going for getting a perfect pen!  Johnny, the owner, also sells other items for penturners and has excellent service! 

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Bangle Cores and Blanks from Wildwood Designs -- These make fantastic additions to your show line-up or gifts for the ladies!