I purchased a blank from a local woodturner (Dave Bell) who has been creating some phenomenal blanks for pens and brushes. I would like to thank JB1963 ( a member here) who introduced me to Dave as well as sharing his Knot source and his friendship over the last while. Dave Bell's blanks combine anything from pine cones, shredded money, to spalted and burl woods with acrylic. Woods are stabilized then cast in acrylic by Dave himself. I finally had a chance to turn some today, After first use.