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As The Lathe Turns #42: A Doctor's Pen

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Blog entry by William posted 422 days ago 894 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 41: Walnut And Box Elder Part 42 of As The Lathe Turns series Part 43: Hooked On Pens »

I am going tomorrow morning to see a friend who is a doctor. All this week I’ve had ideas rambling around in my head for a pen design for me to take to him. I had these ideas of this wild design on a pen.
Then I went into the shop today to actually make the blank, and a thought entered my head as I was getting together material. This man is a doctor. If I make some wild looking pen, he may appreciate it, but it’ll more than likely wind up in a desk drawer. A doctor is not going to carry around a pen that is going to catch every one’s attention the moment he pulls it out of his pocket. I think a doctor would prefer a more simple, yet elegant pen.



It is the same walnut and box elder theme I’ve been working with lately. Instead of all kinds of crazy glued up pieces though, I decided on two simple rings glued in at a thirty degree angle. After completing it, I think this is much more fitting for a doctor than some of my crazier ideas.
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I enjoy making all pens. However, after doing a simple pen, I like to go back to wild.
The last pen I posted yesterday, with the randomly glued in slices of box elder, seemed to get a good response from all who seen it. I wanted to do that again, but try a different material.



I used purple heart and box elder.
I added one more slice than I used on the pen from yesterday. Also, I varied the thickness of those slices.
I plan on making more pens in this style in the future. I realize there are so many variables to this design that change according to number of slices, thickness of those slices, angles of the slices, and also you could use more than just the two color contrast that I’ve done so far. The possibilities are endless.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/



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boxcarmarty

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#1 posted 422 days ago

Nice pen William, but that’s a bit risky givin’ a pen to a man that can write you a bill…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 422 days ago

Yes, the “Doctor’s Pen” looks quite elegant. Of course, if he is anything like Patch Adams, he may appreciate a “Wild William” pen!!!

Keep up the good work & carry on….

-- 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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JL7

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#3 posted 422 days ago

Another nice looking batch…....it’s too bad that doctors don’t actually know how to write….

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

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 422 days ago

Good choice on the Dr’s pen. The wild one is really cool as well.

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

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William

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#5 posted 422 days ago

Thank you all.
Actually, this doctor I’m giving this too I think would prefer the pen I have chosen. He’s the type that might carry the wild one when not at work, but I wanted something he would use at work, where he’s more likely to use it most.
Speaking of the doctor, he is actually my regular doctor. I have to go tomorrow for blood work results, and I promised him a pen last time I was in. I like this doctor more than my others. He talks to me in plain english with words I can understand. Also, he doesn’t beat around the bush. He tells it to me straight. It’s getting hard these days to find doctor’s like that. My other doctors, I’d have to go to medical school to figure out what the hell they’re talking about sometimes.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Roger

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#6 posted 422 days ago

First class all the way.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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William

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#7 posted 422 days ago

Thank you Roger. That means a lot coming from you, as I have seen and appreciate your skills as a pen turner.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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eddie

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#8 posted 422 days ago

William i love the wild one , you are Turing out some real beauties

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 422 days ago

The Dr. Will appreciate either pen from you because they are both absolutely beautiful.

-- Nancy Antley

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clieb91

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#10 posted 422 days ago

William, Both pens look awesome. Nice job on them.
Hope everything he tells you is good news.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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lew

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#11 posted 422 days ago

Nice design on that last one, William.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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stefang

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#12 posted 421 days ago

They are all nice, but I loved the purple heart and box elder best. Great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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William

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#13 posted 421 days ago

Thank you all very much.
My doctor loved his pen. I did not know it till he told me, but he had gotten a hand made pen years ago when he finished medical school. Somewhere along the way, the pen was lost or taken, and he’d always wished he had another one. As soon as I gave it to him, he stood up, threw the store bought pen he was about to write my prescriptions with in the garbage, and started using the one I gave him.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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DIYaholic

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#14 posted 421 days ago

Great to hear that the Doc liked, err loved the pen!

Glad he wrote a prescription and not a bill for services rendered!!!

-- 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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William

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#15 posted 421 days ago

He never writes me a bill Randy.
You can bet the administrative offices always sends me one in about two or three weeks though.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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