Customer Comments

Curtis was an invaluable resource while learning the stabilizing and casting process. Having just basically tripped across these processes while visiting different forums, I was captivated by the prospects immediately. Curtis walked me through all of the processes including the vacuum purchase, pressure pot purchase along with all of the ancillary necessities. I purchased the large vacuum chamber and cactus juice, and have had good success thus far stabilizing what would otherwise be useless pieces of wood. I highly recommend Turntex products, and really appreciate all of the valuable information that Curtis passed on.
Doug Royer
Kansas City
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Another order of great blanks! The best writing instruments begin with the best materials and Turntex has the best materials.:D
Lancaster, PA
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My order came in pretty quick and Curtis sent it uncatalized which was perfect for me. I wanted it uncatilized as I will be delayed using it for a little while. I had failed to remember to ask for it uncatilized but meant to. Curtis pulled it out for me and I got exactly what I wanted. You can't ask for better service or help than Curtis has given. Thanks Curtis:)
Michael Smirh
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jacksonville illinois
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Great product, does its job well. As long as you have you vacuum set up this product will serve you right.
Adam Back\'alackavic
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product great also great utube instructions happy with shipping thank you\r\n
Ron Surina
Anaconda Montana
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I love the hybrid blanks - beautiful and easy to work with.\r\nThanks!
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Hey Curtis thanks for the great service and top notch products.All the hybrid blanks were drop dead gorgeous.Not a dog in the bunch.\r\nAnxiously awaiting my vacuum pot.
tom schwob
north texas
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Thanks for the Texas Hybrid pen blanks. They make great pens and I have lots of fun making really cool pens with them!
Curt Norman
Omaha, Nebrasks
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Hello Curtis, So I used cactus juice on a small punk wood bowl and it turned like butter. I mentioned to you that I would show a piece at the Best of the Northwest art show in Seattle and I did. It was a sample piece just to show other wood workers how good your product could save the punky wood. Well people, customers, loved it. Eventually a lady insisted on buying it. Thanks again for your good service and cactus juice. Nathan
Nathan Hemperly - Marnasi Studios
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I make sure I keep a stock of your Texas Hybrid pen blanks. I use them on my high end pens and they sell immediately at the craft shows. I always receive your shipment in the mail before I expect it. Love your craftsmanship, quality and your delivery! Only wish you could produce them faster!!!
Brenda Hardman
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Works as advertised. I was surprised how normal the wood looked when I cut it open. So as an expeiment I put in some blue dye and ran another batch. When I cut open one of the blanks it was blue all the way through. Definitely penetrated the wood. Curtis is a very straight forward person to deal with. I look forward to doing much business with
Kevin Thompson
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I have been using TurnTex blanks for years and I always been well satisfied, recently I decided to try stabilizing with Cactus Juice, Curtis was extremely helpful in getting me started on the right path. Cactus Juice is every thing that it is advertised be and then some. First blank came out perfect, as good as a professionally stabilized blank.
Larry Pickering
LaPlace, LA
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This stuff works as advertised, my only regret is not ordering more. Still have a lot of punky burl to get through yet and will probably run out. Good stuff !! Thanks Curtis Will be a repeat customer Thanks James
James S
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I have purchased 15 of the Texas Hybrid pen blanks and they are absolutely great. The blanks are flaw free and I love the warranty which I used one time without a problem. I wish all companies provided this level of quality service.
Dean Hofer
Richardson, TX
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Order with complete confidence that this small company will stand behind their products. Only the best of customer service.
Russ Darr
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I love the blanks I got from you. I don't even think the words beautiful or gorgeous are good enough to describe them. They are absolutely stunning. I am so happy to have some of your blanks, Curtis. I wish I could have had first chance at ordering more. By the time I find out you have more, the ones I want are already gone.
Brenda Witte
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I am a frequent customer with TurnTex! I am ALWAYS treated like someone special. You don't find service and follow-up calls from other places. As a dentist with pen making as a hobby, high quality and 100% dependability on products is important. Each and every item I've ever purchased is quality and way above what is generally found at other pen supply companies. With Every Best Wish, Keep it up. Rolando:D
Dr. Rolando Guerra
Laredo, TX
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I have watched a few videos on the cactus juice and stabilising techniques. We don't have much in the way of product here in Australia and seem to be a little behind in this field. I thought getting product into the country may have been a hassle, but I am happy to say that ordering and delivery where smooth and very fast. I am extremely happy with the product and exceptionally happy with the service. Well done Mesquiteman...
Dean Hamilton
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Curtis: Tried your product this afternoon, worked excellent, right up to my expectations. Stabilized some very spalted birch that I would not have been able to use otherwise. Definitely good stuff, will be ordering more in the near future. many thks for your time and development of your product. Dave
British Columbia Canada
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What a great product! I make reel seat inserts for bamboo fly rods and needed something to stabilize the wood and was told about Cactus Juice from a friend. I ordered a gallon, Curtis called to let me know he was out of the gallon catalizers but could ship 2 1/2 gallon catalizers if that was okay with me. I received the Cactus Juice in 3 days. I have since tried out the Cactus Juice and am very pleased with the results.
Lee Gomolchak
Monument, CO
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I have some old Oak and Hickory limb wood that has come down on the 5 acres I live on by ice storms and tornadoes. Some of it has spalted and most of it runs from mildly punky to almost all punky. I have been wanting to stabilize it so I can turn it rather than burn it but the options for good stabilizers is very limited at best. I've already made my vacuum chambers but have been waiting for an affordable stabilizer. Then I found Mesquite Man's Cactus Juice on line. Being the skeptical sort I was hesitant to try it but after reading all of the detailed information Curtis has provided on this product I decided to buy a quart and give it a try. The directions are very straightforward and easy to understand. I stabilized three pieces of spalted and semi-punky Oak limb to try for bottle stoppers. The results were BETTER than expected!!! I was so pleased with the results that I've ordered a half gallon of Cactus Juice...I have lots of limb wood to use and plan on trying a few pieces of Red Cedar limb wood that I have a ton of. Cactus Juice is an awesome product that gives excellent results, I would NOT hesitate one bit in recommending it!! And the customer service that Curtis provides is wonderful...Thank You Curtis. Give it a try, I'm sure you will be as pleased as I am with the results.
Sterling Moeller
Choctaw, OK
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I make knives. I often use wood in building handles. I have lots of beautiful figured wood that is not stabilized, but am reluctant to use it. A knife, while a beautiful object, is first and foremost a tool that needs to hold up under tough conditions without the handle denting,cracking or splitting. Before shipping my material out to a wood stabilizing company, I thought I'd give cactus juice a try. I'm glad I did. I'm very impressed so far, and have seen vast improvements in the weight and density of the cactus juice treated wood over the untreated wood. I think this may be a great low cost solution to providing excellent quality to my customers, while allowing me design flexibility. Thanks!
Warrenville, IL
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After watching Curtis' videos and reading all the info I could find regarding the "Cactus Juice" process I ordered the large chamber and supplies. I am well pleased with the process and the end result. Also you would have to look a long time to find someone as nice to do business with as Curtis. So far I have stabilized some camel bone and Hackberry wood. I found a dead tree that I figured was to close to rotten to even think about using. After treating with cactus juice it is as solid as new wood. I am well pleased with the whole set-up.
David Winston
Starkville, Ms
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Great Customer service. Both orders shipped the following day after I ordered it. The dye has been fun to play with and the Cactus Juice works really well. At this rate I will have every piece of wood I own stabilized within a couple of weeks.
Brad McKeefer
Plano, Texas
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I produce wood turned art and collect the raw logs for my work. In the process some of the wood is aged to get the great spalting affect. Needless to say some of the wood is lost because it gets punky and almost impossible to turn, even though it is beautiful. I found "Cactus Juice" stabilizer on the internet at along with the equipment to stabilize that punk wood. In my research it appeared to be the best solution to my problem. I ordered 1 gal. of juice and the large vacuum unit. Curtis was great to get it out to me quickly so I could salvage the beautiful punk wood. Well I couldn't be more pleased. Just finished my first piece using "Cactus Juice" and WOW. It allowed me to turn that punk wood like butter, easy to finish and with walls of of 1/8" thick. Virtually impossible before. I am a fan of not only the "Cactus Juice" but the quality of the vacuum chamber is on spot. Excellent job Curtis!!! "Cactus Juice" is a permanent part of my product line. Nathan
Nathan Hemperly - Marnasi Studios
Pocatello, Idaho
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I purchased a gallon of Cactus Juice. They product arrived fast and well packed therefore in perfect condition. With all the instructions and videos available on it was easy to use and worked exactly as expected. I will be buying more and using this product in the future. Thank you.
Chad Schimmel
Gilbert AZ
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Received vacuum chamber and cactus juice was well package no damage. Easy set up and i am completely satisfied and will be ordering some more cactus juice soon. Just stabilized some punky spalted maple and will be turning it soon.\r\n\r\nTim
Tim Spiker
Lynnwood Washington
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Great doing business with turnTex awsome products and fast delievery they defenitly have all my stabilizing business\r\nTHANK YOU TurnTex8)
Thomas Peek
Lansing MI
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The cactus juice works great. I am still learning the process, but can't wait to do more. The product and Curtis' help and service is excellent. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to do their own wood stabilizing.
Warren Glover
cleveland, ga.
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Curtis, Thanks for your quick response on my first order of Cactus Juice. Also, I appreciate your helpful tips during our phone conversation. Attached is a picture showing my first two calls that were stabilized using your product. The blue one is spalted white oak dyed blue and the second one is black cherry stabilized with clear juice. The dyeing is going to open up a whole new dimension to my call making hobby! Thanks, Wayne [img][/img]
White Hall, Arkansas
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I am in the process of going through my 2nd gallon of Cactus Juice. I have found Curtis to be an eager help in helping me to troubleshoot some of my issues. The problems I have encountered are related to me and not the product. Curtis has helped point me in the proper direction for quality tools. Stabilizing in the small shop is also a skill to be learned. Curtis helps make that learning process go a little smoother.
John Hentschel
Columbia, SC
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I have worked with several products before I tried Cactus Juice, now it is all I use. A great product!
Philip G
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We have been very happy with the catus juice. We keep on experimenting with it and have some very neat ideals. Curtis has always answered any questions we have, and we are really happy with the shipping time frame. Can't wait to really be able to try doing more with his products. And the large chamber is great.8)
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Excellent Product and Excellent Service
Jim Ion
Phoenix, AZ
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Love my Cactus juice and my JuiceSaver Pen Blank Insert, all was packed very well when it got here (and got here fast too). The tutorials on this site is all I needed and now I'm on my way, I have been saving wood that was too soft to turn, made my first pen yesterday and wow that spalted pecan made it worth all the extra work to stabilizing them. I first learned about Curtis when someone gave me on of his blanks, and it still might be the best pen in my "show case" and I have made more than 500 pens....all is good :)
Doug Green
Marble Falls, Texas
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Cactus Juice , I love this stuff I Purchased a Hobby Knife Maker's Vacuum Chamber Complete with Vacuum Gauge , Vacuum breaker system and a 1/2 Gallon of Mesquite Man's Cactus Juice Stabilizing Resin I have talked to Curtis several times over the phone to discuss how to get various results using MesquiteMan's Cactus Juice and have been more than satisfied with the results. This systems allows me to add my own personal touch to my knife blanks. I can use Alumilite dye in the Cactus Juice and get great penetration into the wood. The best product, service and support anywhere. Curtis is a serious and honest seller. Excellent communication, very fast and safe shipping . Also very willing to help customers with tips and help. I would recommend to anyone. It's always a pleasure to deal with you Curtis! Thank You!
Larry L. Wilkinson
Coldwater , Michigan
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Curtis is a serious and honest seller. Excellent communication, very fast and safe shipping and just as described! Also very willing to help customers with tips and help. I would recommend to anyone. Thanks, will be back!.\r\nMartin
Martin Adams
Northern KY
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I bought a quart of Cactus Juice to try out on some really punky, spalted red elm that I had from a neighbor's tree. I couldn't be more pleased with the results. My first few attempts at turning these blanks untreated resulted in total failure. Even with surgery sharp tools and patience, they just disintegrated. I didn't want to use the 60 grit gouge to shape my pens so I decided to try stabilizing. Even with my cobbled together HF vacuum rig, the resin penetrated to the core. Once cooked in the toaster oven they came out rock solid. This stuff is tough when cured. I did do a lot more sharpening than normal. I have turned Corian, and this seemed to be just a little less tough than that, but not "chippy" like Corian can be. I'll definitely buy more in the future. Wood that would have gone in the burn bucket now gets set aside for the next batch.
John B.
Austin, TX
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I have talked to Curtis several times over the phone to discuss how to get various results using his cactus juice and have been more than satisfied with the results. His vacuum chamber arrived earlier than anticipated and included a nifty little plus to get me started. :o :D I love the chamber and will be using it to stabilize a lot of the wood I am using in my business. when building the chamber, he had forgotten to add the vacuum gauge and shipped it out the very next day. His response time for clarifications, answers, and problem solving is quick and honest. He does a great service to the business we are in. I will be purchasing many gallons of juice from him, as well as his blanks. Thank you Curtis for your wonderful sense of business ethics. It is very refreshing in a world where many businesses would rather rip us off.
Larry Dubia
Boulder Creek, CA
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Awsome service Curt thank you.
Rick Robbins
Tenino Wa.
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The best product, service and support anywhere. It's always a pleasure to deal with you Curtis!
Jim Burr
Fresno, Ca
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It doesnt matter what you get from Curtis. It will be outstanding and will make an exceptionally beautiful pen.
Brenda Witte
Pasadena,Texas .
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It's always great to do business with Curtis. I wanted to start adding color to some of the pieces that I'm doing in the chamber with Cactus Juice. Curtis walked me through the entire process and is always only a phone call away. I've been a customer now for about 3 years and every transaction has always been first class. Also, I can't believe his policy on Pen Blanks! Who has never cut one too short and name another company who will help you make up for YOUR BAD. :D
West Tawakoni, TX
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Thanks for the blanks, Curtis. Great work as always.
Dow Mathis
Boerne, TX
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Sorry about the feedback delay. I've been out of town a few days. Got my order and everything was great. I talked to Curtis a couple of times and he answered all my questions. I have no doubts that I'll probably be calling him again. Thanks Curtis for being such a big help. Michael
Michael Smith
Newburgh Indiana
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I have both the Cactus Juice and the Vacuum Chamber for pen turners. Both are just great! This systems allows me to add my own personal touch to my pen blanks. You can dye in it and get great penetration into the wood so you get really interesting effects. The Cactus Juice does not smell bad at all so you are not gagging all the time that you are working or worse yet getting light headed! I would absolutely recommend this product it has added a new dimension to my pen turning allowing me to turn woods that are otherwise way too soft for turning!
Claremont NH
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Awesome product this is the third time I have ordered from Curtis and I will be ordering from turn-tex for a long time to come thanks again
Jon Hartill
Astoria Or
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:)I make custom duck calls from cocobolo, bocote, walnut, hard maple and figured basswood. I also use non CITES ivory wood and ebony in some of the appointments. Some of these woods must be stabilized and all of them have some commonality with respect to finishes. The result is a fine duck call you wouldn't be ashamed to take to the field because it can take the wet environment. The ducks respond especially well as the calls have a very mellow low end for the feeding call and a shy duck caller can get the thing to work a bit better than an acrylic. It became very important to get consistent results from the stabilization process and Curtis has been more than helpful in supporting my endeavors. We're sharing some commonality to our respective enterprises--were I to find someone who could regularly sell calls for me, I could maybe afford to buy the sort of health insurance that would fund a hip replacement. Curtis has been most helpful in referrals to other folks who can support my need for services and information and for that I couldn't ask for a better vendor. He backs his product unconditionally, without excuses. When's the last time you ever experienced that?
Malcolm L Koch
McMinnville, Oregon
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I absolutely love this stuff! It absolutely helps me to create stunning pens that would not be possible without proper stabilization. My customers love the pens that I create with my stabilized blanks. I have also recently begun to stabilize wood for some other local wood turners and sell some of my blanks to them as well. This stuff is great and well worth the money. Just ordered 4 gallons and had it in no time. I'll be ordering more real soon I'm sure. Thanks a lot Curtis!
Jeff M.
Lubbock, TX
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