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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.

Testimonial List

Curtis was excellent to deal with prior to purchase, answering my questions and helping me with arranging the most appropriate purchase for my needs.

Postage was quick and well packaged. Both before and after postage this juice is better priced than the competitor too.

I have had a quick play with the Cactus Juice and have been very pleased with the results. It has performed exactly as hoped/expected and I'm looking forward to trying a few different things and seeing the results. Cactus juice means I can confidently put Aussie hardwood burl on my knives and not worry about it. Great stuff!! :D

Thanks for making this available Curtis.

Matt McVicar ( Australia ) Jun 23 2013 07:35pm

Worried about doing business over the internet? Not familiar with TurnTex? Curtis is highly professional and stands behind everything he does. You couldn't ask for a more honest person to do business with! I would recommend TurnTex to anyone!

Anna Williams ( New York ) Jun 20 2013 11:49am

Recently purchased some of the Allumilite Dyes and received them very quickly from Curtis. rnrnThank you for he quick turn around time!

David Lowell - Of Wood & Vine Designs ( Florida ) Jun 20 2013 09:59am

Curtis,rnI have used your system three times since the MAPG. I have been extremely pleased with the process and the quality of the blanks I stabilized. The system works just like your demo and with that kind of success, I am a very satisfied customer.rnEnjoyed meeting and working with you at the MAPG!rnrnBill Sampson,Richmond

Bill Sampson ( Richmond, Va ) Jun 19 2013 09:13am

I've recently purchased a stabilizing chamber from Curtis and the gallon of cactus juice with a few dyes. Curtis was very clear up front about his turn around time on the chamber so no surprises there and I appreciate the honesty; I would rather know he's taking his time and doing it correctly then receiving a product like so many other companies out there provide with is rushed and low quality. I know when I receive it I will have zero complaints. Now another side note which gives me a very good feeling about working with Curtis in the future is that when I ordered the cactus juice he shipped it and I had it within a very reasonable amount of time so great turn around time. I will place another post after I use the vacuum chamber and have more input on the results.

Thank you Curtis I know I'll be doing business with you for many years to come.

David Lowell
"Of Wood & Vine Designs"

David Lowell - Of Wood & Vine Designs ( Florida ) Jun 18 2013 09:12pm

I make Duck Calls and this stuff is great,you can make spalted wood look so good,if you are a Knife maker, Duck Call maker, what ever,you have got to try this stuff.

ClucknDuck ( Alabama ) Jun 18 2013 05:10am

:D However many stars there are, this is what Curtis gets. Top notch product and always willing to assist with advice. Thanks Curtis!

Joe Fyffe ( Indiana ) Jun 17 2013 06:01am

This is an amazing product so easy to use, even easier to mix. The results are great and penetration is exactly as shown in the videos. Thanks for a great product and service, Jack "Pappy" Lewis....

Jack ( Lilbourn, MO. ) Jun 15 2013 09:45am

We like the product and the service. Thanks Curtis.

Dennis Sims ( Alaska ) Jun 14 2013 10:50am

You have always been "top notch " to work with. Shipping is extremely fast and orders are processed asap. Highly recommend

wayne fitch ( weatherford, tx ) Jun 12 2013 04:12pm

Thank you so very much for the great product, for the diy stabilizer! It works awesome!8)

Andrew W Ward ( Bridgton, Maine ) Jun 10 2013 11:09am

The product was delivered perfectly and fast. The product is as advertized. I have not tried it as of yet, but all looks to be a solid product.

I'm glad you are in business and offer these products.

Thank you


Brian Roth ( New York ) Jun 10 2013 05:50am

great product, but awesome service, .. i had wanted the 'juice' by the weekend, so i selected '3day ups' which was an upcharge, with in minutes of placing order, curtis called me.. told me the shipping time from him to me was 2-3 days anyway and he was refunding the shipping difference .. thanks

wayne syler ( bryant,ar ) Jun 09 2013 07:32am

This stuff works great I was able to use on a couple of sets of knife scales they were mesquite. I sanded them down to 1500 then put a coat of super glue of it to fill the grain looks great. Great product and fast shipping.

Dustin Williams ( Orange, tx. ) Jun 09 2013 06:42am

Sorry it took so long for the review Curtis so here we first time ever stabilizing wood would not try anything else wonderful product and wonderful person to deal with not only did everything work the way Curtis said he helped me get an old vacuum pump going. Thanks again will be placing an order real soon as I am in need of more juice. Mike Morton

Mike Morton ( California ) Jun 08 2013 05:39pm

Great product (MesquiteMan's Cactus Juice) for stabilizing the wood blanks I use to make gun grips. I have tried other stabilizers and this is the best I have used. Thanks again.

Tim Perkes II ( Orem, UT ) Jun 08 2013 04:13pm

I ordered a quart of Cactus Juice of which I haven't tried yet, so I can't comment of that. But I can comment of the great customer service.

I received my order fast & it was well packed.

I will definitely buy from him again.

aBadMojo ( Walker, Louisiana ) Jun 08 2013 06:04am

I am more than pleased with the blanks. I will be purchasing more in the near future. I am keeping watch on your inventory. Is it possible to get a notice out to me when new blanks become available?

Thanks again

Garland ( Broussard La ) Jun 08 2013 05:33am

Super Fast shipping and spot on order. Thanks Curtis!!!

Jason Emory ( South Carolina ) Jun 04 2013 01:57pm

I have purchased various pen blanks from Curtis for about 3 years now, and have been disappointed. His products are the best out there, of their type. Have had numerous conversations with Curtis, and his customer service is some of the best. Recently purchased a vacuum chamber and accessories, and am further impressed with the quality, fit and finish of it. Turntex is a great company to deal with.

Tom Heard ( Maryland ) Jun 03 2013 08:36am

Again, thank you very much for your quick ship while you are on vacation. The cactus juice sure works great on my maple burl wood. I have even tried dying some of this burl and it penetrates throughout the wood. Thank you for the order.

Vit R. ( St. Paul, MN ) Jun 02 2013 07:29pm

I don't generally write reviews, but since I have been so impressed with this outfit I decided to take the time to give my thoughts. I've ordered Cactus Juice from Curtis a couple of times now, and have been consistently impressed with both his product and shipping times. I've used a number home stabilization techniques and Cactus Juice is hands down the best home stabilizing product I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Beyond that shipping is always extremely fast, I can never believe just how quickly my order arrives. Thanks Curtis for all your hard work and for bringing such a wonderful product the realm of hobby use.

C. Rule ( Texas ) Jun 01 2013 09:31am

I haven't used it yet but I received my juice Thursday and I ordered it Wednesday crazy fast shipping. Also it is nice to receive a hand signed thank for ordering receipt. Can't wait to try it I haven't heard anything bad about your product.

Dustin Williams ( Orange, Texas ) May 31 2013 02:11pm


Just wanted to say how impressed I am that a placed order is delivered the next day. That is why I like to do business with small, one man or family owned suppliers. They take care of business like I do because it's their livelihood. Kudo's to you and much appreciated !!

Mike Sharpe

Big Bad Mike ( Horse Country, TX ) May 30 2013 04:53pm

I have today recived my first shipment of Cactus juice. Looking forward to try it.:D

Torgeir B. J. ( Norway ) May 27 2013 01:42am

Flawless Victory. Everything I ordered worked as stated. Curtis was a pleasure to do business with and I will be back to purchase again and again. Thanks for the great service and products.8)

Garett Finney ( Loomis, California ) May 25 2013 08:29pm

Thank you very much, for the quick shipping, and great product. It is the easiest and best way to stabelize wood blanks!


Andrew W Ward ( Bridgton, Maine ) May 24 2013 05:25am

I pre ordered the vac chamber from Curtis and waited the 2 to 3 months for shipment. When i got it in the mail i was pleasantly surprised from the packaging which was pretty neat how everything was well protected from damage. The vac chamber was better than i thought it would be with its rounded edges and custom wood top. Thanks for the attention to detail and it was worth the wait.

Steve P ( New York ) May 22 2013 01:39pm

As is usually the case with Curtis, he exceeded my expectations. The vacuum chamber is beautifully crafted, and it works perfectly. Curtis is always giving with advice when I have called, and is a credit to our craft. I hope he gets filthy rich, ...but he better make'em a little faster if that's going to happen. Thank you for restoring my faith in quality craftsmanship!


Lauren Rants ( Draper, Utah ) May 21 2013 09:23pm

fast delevery on the last order. great stuff

mike igo May 21 2013 08:54pm

Thanks so much Curtis for an incredible product. I was impressed by the quality of the tank. It works great too. The Cactus Juice is wonderful. Using it the first time I knew it was a great product. You can have a piece of wood that is falling apart and then vacuumed with the Juice and heated in toaster oven. You don't even need a finish, just sand to how ever shiny you want the finished product to be.

Deputy Sheriff
Eric Ward

Eric Ward ( Mabank, TX ) May 21 2013 07:34pm

Well, so far I haven't "turned" anything that I've stabilized with Cactus Juice. I did run two batches thru (one clear, one with red dye) and they seemed to stabilize well. I'm using a 2 stage 5 CFM Rotary Vane Vac pump and a converted 2 gallon aluminum cooking pot I use as a "chamber". It pulls down to 29.5 inches so yeah, it sucks! (I live at 33' above sea level) I'll be gettin' back to you as soon as I get a chance to turn some of my blanks. I do have to say, I like how easy it is to clean-up everything afterwards, just rinse with water !!

Mike ( Fountain Valley, Ca. ) May 21 2013 06:41pm

Curtis is fantastic to deal with and his products are second to none. He just does not sell you the product and leave you to try to figure things out all on your own. He provides very informative videos and world class telephone and email support to get you going in the right direction. His responses have been very timely and very complete to any and all of my questions. Thanks to him and his products, I am producing the stabilized blanks I wanted to produce and they are coming out as good, or better than I hoped they would. For me, there is no other supplier to deal with when it comes to stabilizing my wood products. Thank you very much Curtis for your quality products and your excellent Support.:)

Fred Strauss
Vice President
Busy Beaver Lumber, A division of F & K Designs

Fred Strauss of Busy Beaver Lumber ( Fort Wayne, Indiana ) May 21 2013 05:21pm

~~100%~~ All I can say is 100% , Turn Tex Woodworks and Curtis O. "MesquiteMan" Seebeck 100% . Products and the Man are 100% ! Buy a product, need help call him , 100%
Did I mention 100% ? :D

Larry L. Wilkinson ( Coldwater ,MI ) May 21 2013 11:12am

Recently purchased a pen chamber from TurnTex. An amazingly well put together vacuum chamber. I am quite impressed with the construction and it's ability to hold a vacuum. All others I have used are sub-par in comparison. As a side note - cactus juice is another top notch product. TurnTex will receive ALL my business for future stabilizing needs...

Jason Stedwell ( Auburn, AL ) May 21 2013 12:40am

I am very satisfied with the equipment and the end result. Curtis is great to work with and will explain anything and everything you ask about.

T. Quiram ( Central Illinois ) May 17 2013 06:27am

Cactus Juice is awesome! I've been able to stabilize some pine that I've had for a special project that I haven't been able to turn without it blowing out. Now it turns as smooth as butter! Good stuff! My only regret is not ordering more.

LT ( AL ) May 14 2013 03:15pm

I make custom pool cues and a few knives and use the catcus juice for various applications. Curtis provides excellent customer support and a good product. If you are a first time user or want to switch from your current method, I would highly recommend TurnTex products.

Dennis Cash
Cash Customs

Dennis Cash ( Wichita Kansas ) May 12 2013 06:29am

Thanks for a great transaction!! Wish we had more suppliers like you. I plan to buy one of your vacume tanks in the near future. Keep up the good work Larry Inman

Larry Inman ( Greers Ferry Ar. ) May 11 2013 02:04pm

I purchased my first 'sample' of Cactus Juice last February (2013). I bought a quart just to give it a try. I had been messin' about with all sorts of other approaches to impregnate reel seat blanks for use on custom bamboo fly rods and nothing was working. I've been a pretty serious amateur woodworker for quite some time so I've had experience with impregnation techniques such as PEG, Plexiglas/acetone, diluted PVA, etc and I was able to get each of these techniques to work to a certain extent. But they all had significant downsides associated with them. Curtis' Cactus Juice represents a substantial, and very welcome, improvement over all the other techniques I've ever tried. There's essentially no mess, you can take your time or do it quickly, and most importantly -- the stuff works, consistently good and predictable results.

I just ordered and received my second quart.

Bryan Coles ( Whitefish, MT ) May 11 2013 09:05am

Great service.rn

Phil miller ( La crosse, Wi. ) May 06 2013 04:59pm

This was my first time to stabilize my on wood,this stuff works great.I would recommend Cactus juice to anyone,and the service is great,thanks again for all the help.

John Hyde ( Scottsboro Al ) May 06 2013 04:50pm

Very fast and prompt shipping.
Spoke with Turn-Tex on the phone for clarification on some stabilization points. He was great, willing to share and offer tips and suggestions.
I have not had a chance to use the cactus juice as yet as the temp chamber (pickle jar) was dropped and broken Saturday.
Looking forward with much anticipation for the arrival of my chamber.
Still searching for a good reasonable source for wood to stabilize......

Dennis McManaman ( Amarillo ) May 06 2013 06:09am

I purchased the large tank, small insert and a gallon of juice. When the package arrived, I found it very well packed. No damage at all which was a good sign. When I ordered the equipment, I had expected good quality components as a result of reading the descriptions and looking at the pictures on the web site. I was very impressed with the quality of what I found when I unpacked my box. Everything is very professional and the quality exceeded my expectations. Great Job by TurnTex.

Now I just need to start using it to see the results of the juice.

Thanks for a great product,

Scott ( North Georgia Mountains ) May 04 2013 08:26am

Thanks for sending my order so fast.I could not be any happier with my vacuum chamber and cactus juice.I have stabilized several hundred blanks with no problems.Thanks for you good service & products.
Thank You
William Taylor

william taylor ( pearsall tx ) May 03 2013 05:19pm

Cactus Juice does just what he says. It allows me to do pens out of many of the woods I like best but are too soft to work with. The process is not difficult and the results are excellent. Dave

David Walsh ( Dover Pennsylvania ) May 03 2013 05:36am

This is my third order of cactus juice. I love it. Thanks Curtis

Jeff ( Oklahoma City ) Apr 29 2013 11:53am

Great products. Easy to use with very good results. All worked as promised. Really better than I expected. rnMade a vacuum chamber out of a large pickle jar and a brake bleeder pump. Will move up to a better chamber soon.rn:)

Dan Metzler ( South FL ) Apr 29 2013 06:10am

The cactus juice is great, I used it on a piece of antler today and you can really feel the difference. It when from a light dried up bone feel to a solid feeling material that feels good in the hand. Its very easy to use and works better than I anticipated. Thanks for a great product.

Craig Falls ( Citrus county, Florida ) Apr 27 2013 09:39am

I am very happy with the product and service provided. The cactus juice works great stabilizing porous materials, I will be back to purchase more in the future. Thank you!

Sheila Apr 26 2013 08:10am