banner swatch emoticons ooto lrg3/18/15 I will be out of the shop from Thursday, March 19 - Monday, March 23.--NOTE: We extended our trip until 3/26! 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 NOT have phone service 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. Taking my wife and 9 year old daughter on an RV trip for spring break!

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!