I’ve had the pleasure of watching fellow LJ’er William learn the art and techniques of turning. He has produced some amazing pens, that someday I can only hope to emulate.
Upon seeing his early pens, I had a thought of a pen without a center band. Sure enough, he posted one and has made several since then. To see his turnings & pens, one must read thru his As The Lathe Turns blog...
You see, I’m not a fan of the skinny center band with two bulging “ellipses”, as I prefer a more slimming figure…
I did however turn the obligatory obese pen….
I also turned one that some may want to call anorexic….
I wanted to turn a pen, without a center band interrupting the flowing grain. Surely, William can coach me along this (base)path. Silly me never did ask William for any insight, so I set out to blindly experiment.
I believe I did a few things correct and also learned a few things, that I will try to incorporate into my next band-less pen.
Here are the pictorial results of my first experiment….
Look with a critical eye….
&/or Don’t be shy with praise and accolades!!! ;^)
The pen is made from reclaimed hard maple (gym flooring). Thanks Jeff (JL7)!!!
Dressed with a PSI Gold Funline Kit.
All topped off with a BLO/CA Finish.
Here is a shot of my inspiration….
I got the mini-bat from the Louisville Slugger Factory in Kentucky. That was an awesome tour, to see all the production lathes, churning, err turning out bats for the MLB!!! I didn’t know four years ago, when I took the tour, that I too would be turning out bats!!! :^)
A few more disturbing images….
A few “firsts” were attempted with this project….
First band-less pen….
First Baseball Bat (kinda)....
First (successful?) CA finish!!!
Thanks for stopping in and checking out my latest work.
Well, it is time for you to offer “critique, criticism & comments”....
Go ahead, Take a “swing” and “Hit” me with your best shot!!!
-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow!