Most of you know of my health issues. Since we’ve been getting winter in May lately, I have been having some bad days. On top of that, I’m going through just a “blah” spell. I have only done one small project since finishing the modular marble machine. I built Matthius Wandell’s wooden ir engine. It turned into something I call the DODGE, Dad’s Old Dead Garage Expiriment. It didn’t work. I haven’t given up on it. It is something I will rebuild in the future. In the meantime though, I needed some kind of inspiration to get my butt in gear.
I started doing some much needed shop cleanup. While doing so, I was thinking on something to work on next that would inspire me enough to push through this bad spell.
Since starting on the wood turning adventures, several people have sent me wood. Also I had small pieces of wood from before beginning turning that I have now cut into pen blanks. While straightening all this, I got a bit of inspiration. I gathered up what woods came from what different people and decided to make some pens.
First I am going to go through the building of these pens. Towards the end, I will list each recipient of these pens and each of their contricutions towards this and, hopefully, it will all make sense.
After arranging woods in different ideas until I found something I was happy with, this is what I came up with. It is six different woods. They are cut on a sixty degree angle. The two ends are just what I thought looked proportional. The rest of the pieces came out to about three quarters of an inch thick to be able to fit all the pieces in the pens.
Glueup started to become messy by the time I was through. I think I learned something from this. Next time, I would only glue two or three pieces at a time on each pen, and let that set, before adding one more piece at a time. Doing this many indiviual cut pieces at a time, things seemed to want to move more than I wanted.
On two of the pens, all the pieces moved a equally large amount, leaving a staggered look to the pen. By the time I cut away the saw tooth looking pieces to make the pen blank in a usable shape for drilling and mounting, there was barely enough material left.
I got these after trimming the pieces up so I could start preparing them.
I decided I wanted to keep with the same colored harware throughout all the pens. This turned out to be gold plated since that what I first rounded up enough of. Throughout the project, it turned out to be three different style kits, but all similar in design and the same finish.
As I prepared the blanks and drilled them, I put each set of blanks in the bag with the hardware to keep from mixing things up.
Here is one of the seven pens. All of them, after turning, got a CA glue finish. On top of the CA glue, I always prefer to also put a coat of paste wax and buff them.
So I like to call these the Lumberjock pens. Starting sat the top, near the cap, the woods are ziricote, walnut, mahogany, maple, sweetgum, and box elder. Now I’d like to tell you the recipent of these pens and why. You see, one of the things I love about making pens is that it gives me the opportunity to make projects from woods that I would otherwise never get to work with, because I only need small pieces to make pens. With that being said, explaining the recipients will, I hope, make all this make more sense.
Kreegan gave me the ziricote.
Chips gave me the walnut.
Grizzman gave me the mahogany.
JL7 gave me the maple.
Dave gave me the sweetgum.
Boxcarmarty gave me the box elder.
Eddie gave me the lathe that all this was turned on.
Now each of these guys will have a pen that they each know they made a contribution to, and that the other woods and the tool it was all done on came from another Lumberjock.
I’d also like to note one more person again. I did not make this person because they told me they didn’t want one. It did send something else a while back. However, Doe donated the gift card that bought the hardware that is on these pens.
I will be giving Eddie, Dave, and Chips their pens when I see them. The other four pens (it may be June with my current finances) I will be shipping to the recipients. I hope each of you enjoy your pens. Thank you for your support you have given me. Without you all I would never get to work with so many different species of woods. Until I joined and met some people here on Lumberjocks, all my adventures had been limited to about four different species of woods. You all opened up a whole new world to me. Thank you.