The large-leaved linden tree (Tilia platyphyllos), also named lime tree is native to Central and Southern Europe, often found lining boulevards. It can grow up to 135 feet tall with a trunk diameter of up to 6 feet. The lime tree plays a major role in the cultural history of Europe. In the pre-Christian Celtic and Germanic cultures, it was a place of judgment. The oldest tree of Germany is currently the dancing linden in Schenklengsfeld. It is estimated to be about 1,200 years old. Dancing linden trees are very common sites in village squares in Germany and have been the center of celebrations for centuries. The flowers and leaves have been used extensively in herbal medicine for centuries.
This Pen Blanks has been stabilized with Plexiglas® (PMMA) and fully penetrated. It will no longer absorb water, is dimensionally stable, and will no longer crack. It can be easily worked, but it does not react well to excessive heat during processing, so take care when sawing, drilling and grinding. (When it gets very hot, the PMMA begins to smear.) Very easily worked with sharp tools, but the odor stays within limits and is negligible. The stabilizing gives this block excellent hardness, durability, and stability. It is therefore suitable for heavy duty applications or in areas that get wet, such as outdoors.
Dimensions: approx. 125 x 17 x 17 mm, Pen Blank for small and middle size pen kits
Finely grained wood may contain imperfections such as open knots, bark inclusions, or cracks that are typical of the species. These flaws come from the way the tree has grown and are completely natural. They can usually be filled with low-viscosity cyanoacrylate (super glue) and wood dust.