2024 PenMakers International Chicagoland MPG
April 19 and 20, 2024 - Symposium - Hoffman Estates Illinois

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Vince's Wood N' Wonders

Simply stated, Vince’s Wood N’ Wonders is in the service business! One of my goals is to provide superior personalized customer service! At VincesWoodNWonders.com, you can ask questions you may have regarding sanding your projects or sanding in general. For example, what makes up a quality sanding abrasive? Within this question lies an educational component.

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Niles Bottle Stoppers

Premier bottle stoppers and other turning needs. A must visit.

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The American Association of Woodturners

Mission Statement
The mission of the American Association of Woodturners is to provide education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood.

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is a Minnesota nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide by providing opportunities for education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood. Established in 1986, AAW currently has more than 16,000 members and a network of over 365 local chapters globally representing professionals, amateurs, gallery owners, collectors, and wood/tool suppliers. AAW’s journal, American Woodturner is the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world.

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Rich Coers

Exceptional wood blanks. From pens to bowls. Beautiful and pure.

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Underhill Casting Solutions

Underhill Custom Creations was born from the love of woodworking and the influence and beauty of Mother Nature. The two combined have helped fuel the creativeness, passion, and determination behind many of our embedded object casts and the first pheasant feather blanks ever created. What started as a hobby has grown to become a business supplying our custom casts and blanks to fellow turners, artists and craftsman. Available at ExoticBlanks.

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Exotic Blanks

Whether you are looking for pen kits, natural materials, space-age plastics, vintage material, exotic materials, or just something new and different for your most valued clients, we at Exotic Blanks are here to provide you with a wide range of exciting choices for the soul of your creations.

With many years of experience in the arts behind us, we have taken the guess work out of selecting exciting new products. As active artists, we have worked with and proven all of the materials we offer. We provide tips and hints as to peculiarities of the various materials. And we are available to answer those burning questions or to accept your special requests.

In short, Exotic Blanks offers everything you need to take your products to another level, pleasing your customers and increasing your personal satisfaction. Browse through our many offers. Bet you can’t choose just one!

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Stadium Pen Blanks

Founded in 2010, Hardin Penworks branched off to form Stadium Pen Blanks. SPB specializes in pen blanks from stadium seats, benches, walls, & floors. SPB has historical & nautical blanks as well as embedded historical & cultural blanks are available.

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Ohio PenWorks

Ohio Pen Works sells unique and distinctive pen blanks cast in Alumilite.

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Drop Anchor Creations

Come ashore and see what Drop Anchor Creations has to offer. Owned and operated by Michelle Bagley and Ed Hood. Founded in October 2018, they offer a wide range of label cast and embed blanks that may spark your interest. And should you need something a little more personalized, they can do that too! They look forward to helping you set sail and find your bounty.

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Easy Wood Tools

Easy Wood Tools® makes high quality, easy to use, hand-crafted turning tools and accessories so people will have more time to relax, create, and enjoy woodturning as a hobby or profession. We’re a family-owned business that takes its mission very seriously. We’re the leading replaceable carbide-tipped woodturning tool manufacturer for a reason:

  • We focus only on turning;
  • We are consistently first to market with cutting-edge turning tool;
  • and accessory design;
  • Our products are high quality and hand made in America;
  • Our customer service staff is knowledgeable, responsive, and fast.

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RJR Wood Products

RJR Wood Products sources mainly dry turning blanks and once turned bowls from estate, moving and overstocked woodworkers. Rich, John and Rich, on occasion, also process freshly cut, green wood into larger turning blanks. We sell our products at Batavia Hardwoods (bataviahardwoods.com). Send us a note or give us a call if you need to downsize your wood collection. We are happy to buy some or all of your turning and flat stock wood. See us at our booth at MPG or in Batavia, IL if you need some more interesting wood blanks for your next project.

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BVV (Formerly known as Best Value Vacs)

BVV provides the most economical and effective vacuum chambers on the market. BVV’s focus covers a variety of industry, but we have always been known for our affordable high-quality vacuum chamber equipment. We have serviced the Woodturners, Craft and Hobbyist market, for many years and will continue expand to carry a variety of materials to meet your needs. Located outside of Chicago we ensure that most of the items are shipped same or next day, and we always have a staff of representatives available to help.

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Kallenshaan Woods

Kallenshaan Woods is a family owned, unique laser cutting and engraving business located in Las Vegas, Nevada. After designing and creating the first ever laser cut inlay pen kits in 2003, we continue today to make that our main focus. Over 185 laser inlay pen kit designs are currently available.

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Pauls Pens And Things

Powder-coated rifle cartridge assemblies, shop-made fordite blanks, colored blanks with embedded objects (acorn caps, sweet gum balls, pine cones and pasta noodles), sierra tube-in blanks made with denim, braided copper, braided stainless steel and carbon fiber, an miscellaneous wood blanks (mostly unmarked)

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Fred loves to design and improve useful tools and jigs for all types of projects. His line of silicone casting molds first started by looking into how he could create his own pen blanks. Today, his business has diversified into several lines of custom pen making products and accessories.

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The Pensmiths

Two brothers making custom writing instruments and other woodturning projects. Also specializing in custom Alumilite blanks.

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Midwest Woodworking Electronics

Midwest Woodworking Electronics provides project kits for woodworkers to create their own electronic gadgets.

Our first products to market are laser pointer kits. These laser pointers are designed to the upmost quality. Our patented laser pointer kits allows for a long single body which gives focus more on the craftmanship of the wood/acrylic body. They pair well with a finely crafted pen for gifts.

This is a new market for penturners who sell to companies, jewelry stores, and craft shows. The target end-users are business people who do presentations, or people who do indoor/outdoor work to point at objects like construction sites, factories, nature, stargazing, etc… And of course they're fun for cats too.

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Topics (Subject To Change)
An Evening With Dick Sing
Beginning Pen Making
Clear Casting
Thread Wrapped
The Average Turner and a Bowl
Thread Woven Pen Blanks
And Now For Something Slightly Different …
Turning Small Trees, Spin Tops and Other Small Treasure
The Twisted Box
Marketing Your Talent
Kitless and Clips
Getting Started in Casting
Differentiating Yourself Without Casting
Color Casting
Sales And Marketing

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