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What Does Stabilization Really Mean?

There are a few different doctrines to which one might follow. There are some “tribal” definitions or interpreted uses of the terminology to pertain specifically to the application and intended use. For instance, defines it as such: “wood that has been impregnated with a chemical stabilizing solution. This stabilized wood can then be worked with normal wood working tools.” Note the broad use of “chemical stabilizing solution” in the definition. They do not limit this to acrylates.


Why would we want to stabilize wood? Simple, if you’ve ever seen a beautiful piece of wood rendered unusable due to cracking and checking, you know why. We want to prevent the movement within the wood from damaging our often expensive pieces. Wood will swell and shrink along 3 axis at different rates. The longitudinal direction has almost no appreciable change in most species. The radial and tangential directions however can move 30-100 times more than the longitudinal direction and they do not do so equally. The difference in shrinkage between tangential and radial directions can split a piece of wood apart or warp it drastically as the water escapes the cells within the wood and the wood begins to dry. To prevent this, we must look at several methods by which we can make our wood more “stable” or “stabilize” our wood.

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Products, Servers and Sales, Oh MY! – 2017 Feb 19 Newsletter

Rambutan Burl

Amazon Prime, we got it!

First of all, thank you to all who purchased from us this year on Amazon. Shed Life has been authorized as an accredited Seller Fulfilled Prime store. After only 30 days of trials and evaluation, we passed in all metrics with perfect marks. Almost 60 days ahead of schedule! From now on, most of our products will be listed on Amazon Prime in the Southeast region of the US. Free 1-2 day shipping and great low prices on most everything we sell.

New Servers, New Stores, New Products

Last week our previous website crashed. In our mission to provide the best possible customer service and easy access to the products you need, it was time to upgrade our infrastructure. We have abandoned our old hosting provider and deployed our own web servers. Our entire online presence has been rebuilt from the ground up. With more ways than ever to find the products you need, we have also assembled a B2B site for our wholesale accounts and inventory management that will keep everything in sync. Now, more than ever, you can buy with confidence. No matter how you buy from us, you will be looking at accurate inventory amounts. While it has never been an issue before, we are now spending less time keeping everything updated and more time finding more products and getting them out the door.

The B2B site is fully stocked. Therefore, if you sell pen blanks and wood turning supplies, email us or use the contact form at the bottom of the page to get your wholesale account set up. The best deals and no minimums for anything in stock.

Thank you

To everyone who has supported us, we thank you. You are helping us make a dream come true and we can’t tell you enough how grateful we are.

Featured Products this week

TruStone Turquoise with Gold Matrix

Select TruStone pen blanks on sale

New Products – Loganberry Burl

African Mahogany

Mahogany pen blanks

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A new home on the web

New Website

We are very excited to announce the completion of our new site. This web page will continue to be updated and new features added on a daily basis. Features such as Amazon Pay and Sign in with Amazon are coming soon. The new site is up and fully operational with all the same amazing blanks and turning supplies as before and new products. In addition to our current stock, we are adding new turning products this week in every store.

Thank you everyone for all the support!