As The Lathe Turns #14: The Disappearing Pen Mystery

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Blog entry by William posted 497 days ago 1357 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since the five pens I turned yesterday were quickly confiscated by my wife, I decided to turn some more today. My idea is to have some in a cup next to my lathe. That way, when certain family members and such come over and hint that they want something I’ve made, I can give them a pen instead of something I’ve got countless hours into.
I realized today that, now that I’m used to turning them, I can turn them out pretty quickly. I turned eleven today. One of them left with my son when he came by before I could even get it in the picture.

I made five out of pecan.

Three out of oak.

I made three out of sycomore, but like I said, one of my older sons took one of those before I even got photos.

So, as I finished these, I put them in a cup on the bench beside my lathe. I started getting tired this evening and started cleaning up. I then went to get the cup and put them up. Between my two grown sons, my grown daughter, my wife, and a friend, the cup is already empty.
I’m going to have to hide these things. I can’t just keep making these until they get tired of taking them.


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#1 posted 497 days ago

Nice work William

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#2 posted 497 days ago

That’s what happens sometimes! Take it as a sign that you’re doing good work!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 497 days ago

Sounds like you need to go into business!!!

Having them disappear so quickly is a great compliment!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 497 days ago

Great story! Sounds like you have a problem ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 497 days ago

Thanks guys for the compliments.
I’ll make some more.
I enjoy them, so unless I get bored with them first, I guess I’ll keep making them until I can get some to stick around for longer than a day.


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#6 posted 497 days ago

Those are very cool (man pens). The sycamore is my favorite. If you hide em, you won’t remember where if yer like me!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 497 days ago

My favorite is the sycamore as well. The sycamore, in my opinion, just has a more interesting grain pattern than all the others.
You’re right Andy, I have probably at least a hundred different things lost in my shop at this very moment that I put away, “where I would know where it was”.


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#8 posted 496 days ago

Those look good, comfortable. I like a fat handle in my hammer William.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#9 posted 496 days ago

They are all quite comfortable to use in my opinion Devann.
Some of these look kind of funny, but I used some of my wife’s favorite pens as styling cues. Then, some of them, I used the style, but made them a larger diameter, because I know some people have big hands and fat fingers like me.


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#10 posted 496 days ago

Great job, looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 496 days ago

That’s a good problem you have there William. I can see why they like them. They look like they would be comfortable to hold and of course being wood, they are also very special.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 496 days ago

Thanks all.

Stefang, they are comfortable. I asked my wife about her favorite pens for a reason. I’ve found that often, the most comfortable pens are not just straight shafts.
Everyone around here, even my little ones in school, use mechanical pencils. I think I’m going to disassemble one of those soon and see if I can figure out how to make them of wood.


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#13 posted 496 days ago

You well on your way William.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 496 days ago

When you going to build the pencils?

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#15 posted 496 days ago

As soon as I get the kits Jeff.
Through the kindness of a fellow Lumberjock, I am ordering some kits from PennState Industries tonight. I’m looking at some that having matching pen and pencil sets.

Thanks Dave. I am well on my way somewhere, that’s correct. I just wonder where sometimes.


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