As The Lathe Turns #67: Flying Pens

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Blog entry by William posted 01-23-2014 12:25 PM 2454 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I received an email a couple of days ago reminding me that I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks. So I decided that the first thing I had to place on the agenda today was to make a post or two showing that I have been active at something.
I’ve had a lot going on, both in wood working, and personally. Between all that, I have turned a few pens. The problem with that is that some of them have been flying out the door before I can get a chance to snap photos of them. So let me show you the ones I do have photos of.

I had not planned on doing anything in deer antler after Christmas for a while. However, immediately after making that statement, several people started asking about when I’d be making more deer antler pens. Well, as I heard someone say once, sometimes we do the things we don’t want to do, in order to be able to do the things we don’t want to do. So, since some people are still wanting deer antler, I got busy turning deer antler.
These six bolt action pens are about half of what I turned. The rest seemed to just disappear off the table before I could make boxes for them, or snap photos.

I had two fifty caliber kits left and decided to do those in antler too. I had several short cutoffs of antler left that were perfect sized for these pens, but not much else. So the popularity of the antler created a means for not allowing those pieces to go to waste.

If any of you remember the story behind the enormous over and shotgun pen I done a while back in deer antler, the one I was told couldn’t be done? Well I done two more of them. I made these just to see if I could, or if that first one was just a lucky shot.

These are Compson click pens. They are actually two of a six piece starter package from Penn State. These are the only two I got photos of before they disappeared though. So I guess I need to order more of these when I can.
These two are done in zebra wood cut at a forty five degree angle, and walnut burl.

Here are the last two of the credit card stylus pens I had left two make. These also seem to be popular pens. These are done in cherry burl and oak burl.

I made three more of the buffalo pencils. I liked the ones I’ve made of these before in burls, so I wanted to go with that. The fact that I love burl so much helped with that decision a tad as well I believe.
These are done in cherry burl, oak burl, and buckeye burl.

That’s what I have to show you in pens. I had a few real nice ones that I wish I had taken photos of before they left. I guess I need to start keeping the camera closer so I can be sure to do that.


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#1 posted 01-23-2014 01:01 PM

William, Another nice collection of pens. Glad to hear you are keeping busy and stuff is selling.


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

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#2 posted 01-23-2014 01:01 PM

Clearly you are one of Penn States better customers….
Or at least a Penn State advertisement!!!

Glad to hear that your pens are in such high demand….
I hope that it doesn’t start to feel too much like a job!!!

Please don’t go all “Hollywood” on us….
When you become a rich & famous celebrity turner!!! ;^)

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

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#3 posted 01-23-2014 01:23 PM

Beautiful work, William. I love the ones made to look like a rifle round. I see why they go out the door so quickly.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#4 posted 01-23-2014 01:50 PM

You’re sounding like me.. lol Never enough time for it all. Stay busy. Work/Play at your own place. Your “gun-collection” of pens are always eye candy. OH, what are you using to finish these? They look fantastic. Thnx in advance.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 01-23-2014 02:13 PM

Thank you all.

Roger, I use CA glue for finish.
I sand up to 2000 grit, then I apply three coats of thin CA. On the more expenisve pens I sometimes do five coats, depending on how it looks after three.


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#6 posted 01-23-2014 03:17 PM

the work here is so beautiful william, your doing a great job with these, always enjoy seeing your work, i would imagine your getting this butt freezing cold like were getting, tonight is going to be a real cold one, and we still have more coming, stay warm my friend…and keep turning those great pens…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 01-23-2014 04:49 PM

Nice looking work, as always William…...good to see you’re keeping busy!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 01-23-2014 05:03 PM

Nice looking pens! Glad to know you’re kept busy.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 01-23-2014 09:06 PM

William, More beautiful pens and pencils from your talented hands! Good to see that they are disappearing as fase as you can make them. I too am determined that my woodworking hobby pay its own way.

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

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#11 posted 01-23-2014 10:45 PM

Andy, I could only dream that my wood habit payed for itself.
I am so deep in the red that I may never see black again.
I can hope though.

Thank you.


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