The English Collection

Straight from our friends across the pond, these blanks are all imported directly from the British Isles. (With a little help from Mike Shue...Thank you, Mike!). So whether you fancy a little something from the Queen's estate or just dream of the tales of Robin Hood, these woods may just be the thing!

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  • Royal British Estate English Elm - Please Choose Size

    Royal British Estate English Elm - Please Choose Size

    The English Yew (Taxus baccatais a conifer tree native to the British Isles and Europe. The leaves, bark, and seeds of the yew were employed in olden days to make a poison. Today, the yew is used to produce Taxol, a cancer-fighting drug.

    The English Elm (Ulmus procera) was once one of the most common of English trees, with large stands through the English countryside. The English Elm is thought to have been brought to the British Isles by the Romans, and it quickly spread through the island. This elm has been used throughout English history as wood for cabinetry and shipbuilding. In the Middle Ages hollowed out trunks of this tree were even used as water pipes! In more recent years, stands of the English Elm has declined due to the spread Dutch Elm disease, and mature trees are quite rare.

    The English Elm has strong interlocking grain, a lovely goldish color and is resistant to splitting.length.

    These English Elm tree blanks are 5/8" x 3/4 x 5" in length and come from trimmings from the gardens of the Queen's Estate.

    Imported from England.

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  • Royal British Estate Sweet Chestnut

    Royal British Estate Sweet Chestnut

    The Sweet Chestnut Tree (Castanea sativa) is a deciduous broadleaf tree native to southern Europe, western Asia, and north Africa. The Romans ground sweet chestnuts into flour, so it was probably introduced when England was under Roman rule and has since been naturalized on the island. Sweet Chestnut thrives in warm conditions and is, therefore, more prevalent in southern England where it is often grown in groves so it can be coppiced for poles. It is occasionally found in natural woodlands but is most often planted in parks and estates, such as the Queen's Royal Country Estate in Norfolk

    The chestnuts themselves are edible and are a food source for both wildlife and humans. The nuts can be roasted and used in a variety of ways, including holiday stuffing. Sweet chestnut timber is similar to oak but is more lightweight and easier to work. It has a straight grain when young but this spirals in older trees. (Trees can live up to 700 years). Today, the wood is most often used for carpentry, joinery, and furniture.

    The Sandringham Sweet Chestnut blanks you will receive has fairly straight grain, and light tan in coloring. They were taken from the Sweet Chestnut Tree trimmings directly from the gardens of the estate.

    The blanks are just shy of 7/8" square x  5" in length.

    Imported from England.

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  • Royal British Estate European Hornbeam - Please Choose Size

    Royal British Estate European Hornbeam - Please Choose Size

    Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is a deciduous broadleaf tree native to the southern of the UK but widely planted elsewhere. The name hornbeam comes from the hardness of its timber - ‘horn’ means ‘hard’ and ‘beam’ was the name for a tree in old English. The European Hornbeam is widely cultivated as an ornamental tree, for planting in gardens and parks in the UK, and has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

    The wood of the Hornbeam is a pale creamy white with a flecked grain. It is extremely hard and strong, and so is mainly used for furniture and flooring. Historic uses for the wood included ox-yokes, butchers' chopping blocks and cogs for windmills and water mills. A tonic made from hornbeam is said to relieve tiredness and exhaustion, and in the past, its leaves were used to stop bleeding and heal wounds.

    These European Hornbeam blanks come in various sizes -  

    • 7/8" x 5 to 5 1/4" (pictured)
    • 7/8" x 5 7/8 to 6 1/2""
    • 7/8" x 3 1/2" (shorts)

    Please make your choice from the drop down menu. All blanks come from the trimmings of the actual trees growing in the gardens of the Queen of England's Royal British Estate in Norfolk.

    Imported from England.

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  • Irish Bog Oak Pen Blanks - .6 to .8"

    Irish Bog Oak Pen Blanks - .6 to .8"

    This Irish Bog Oak comes from the bogs of the Midlands area of the Emerald Isle. Generally speaking, Irish Bog Oak (IBO) can range from 3000 to 5000 years in age. The color is often considered an visual aid in determining of the age of bog wood. As the longer the oak is submerged in the bog, the more tannins it absorbs. The more tannin, the darker the color of the bog oak. Over the centuries IBO has been highly valued and treasured. But it is a finite resource and these days and logs have become a much rarer find.

    What's so wonderful about Irish bog-oak? Why is so valued? It is it's history, it's connection to the earth. It is it's blackness. It's hardness. It's age.... It's mystery. It is truly and simply...... black magic.

    These Irish Bog Oak blanks are sold per each. They are .6" to .8"x 6" in length. 

    The blanks are fully dry and ready to turn and come with a COA

    Imported from Ireland.

     

     

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  • Irish Bog Oak Pen Blanks - .8"+

    Irish Bog Oak Pen Blanks - .8"+

    This Irish Bog Oak comes from the bogs of the Midlands area of the Emerald Isle. Generally speaking, Irish Bog Oak (IBO) can range from 3000 to 5000 years in age. The color is often considered an visual aid in determining of the age of bog wood. As the longer the oak is submerged in the bog, the more tannins it absorbs. The more tannin, the darker the color of the bog oak. Over the centuries IBO has been highly valued and treasured. But it is a finite resource and these days and logs have become a much rarer find.

    What's so wonderful about Irish bog-oak? Why is so valued? It is it's history, it's connection to the earth. It is it's blackness. It's hardness. It's age.... It's mystery. It is truly and simply...... black magic.

    These Irish Bog Oak blanks are sold per each. They are at least .8" square  x 6" in length. 

    The blanks are fully dry and ready to turn and come with a COA

    Imported from Ireland.

     

     

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