Carolina Turning - Hand Turned Pen Designs and More
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At Carolina Turning we use many different exotic woods. Below are pictures of our most popular woods that we use when we make our pens. Every piece of wood is unique to itself and has its own specific grain and coloring. Because we use a natural product to make our pens, each pen we turn can look different even though we use the same wood. Your custom made item will be a version of the wood pictured below. This is what we love about using a natural product. Each piece we make is a one-of-a-kind treasure.

Please take a moment to look through the woods below to help you decide what wood you would like your special item made from then go to our Catalog Page and you will be able to select the finish and wood of each item you wish to order. It is impossible for us to list all of the woods we use. If you have been to our booth at the Charleston Night Market and seen a pen made out of a different wood than what I have listed, just email us and let us know what you are interested in. We will take care of you .

Just contact us if you have any questions. Turn around time on all orders is usually around 2 weeks, since all orders are custom made.


     Bethlehem Olive Wood - A light wood with a beautiful dark grain. Straight from Israel and comes with a certificate of authenticity with each pen.

    Black & White Ebony - A cream colored base with jet-black streaks and stripes throughout.

    Bocote - One of our favorites! It is a Mexican wood with a black grain over a yellow/brown wood that gives it a striking appearance.

    Cocobolo - Everyone loves Cocobolo!! Beautiful orange wood with black stripes.

    Curly Maple - This is a lighter wood with nice curls and a clear looking color.

    Goncalo Alves - Sometimes this wood is referred to Tiger wood, brown with dark streaks the can give it a unique look.

    Leopardwood - Dark red-brown color with strong broad rays resembling a leopards spots.

   Antique Long Leaf Pine - This wood has a striking grain pattern with thick grain marks amber colored. Base color ranges from yellow to brown.

    Mango Wood - A lighter wood that can almost have a kaleidoscope look.

    Paduak - This is a bright orange, almost crimson color wood with a nice grain pattern.

    Tambooti - Also known as African Sandlewood, this medium brown tone wood has a fine dark stripe grain pattern running through it.


Natural Items

Deer Antler - This is the perfect material to use on the Bolt Action Pen or the Lever Action Pen for the avid hunter!

Pine Cone - Believe it, this turns into a beautiful light to dark pen with pine cone spots - (limited availability)

Crushed Seashell - These are crushed seashells that have been set with a poly resin liquid creating a beautiful cream colored blank for us to turn into a unique pen.


We also make many of our items out of laminated woods. These are all available at our booth at the Charleston Night Market on Friday and Saturday evenings.