Pen Turners' Swap #1: Let the trading begin!

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Blog entry by itsme_timd posted 02-19-2008 05:20 AM 2390 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A few of us her at LJ that turn pens decided to get together and swap some of goodies. We’ve started a package moving around the country (actually, around North America – we dip into Canada as well!) containing 5 turned pens, 5 pen kits and 5 blanks.

Here’s a map to show where we’re located and where our pens will travel:
Location map for LJ Pen Traders.  We're all over the place!

When each Jock gets the package he’ll go through it and decide what he wants to take from it, he can take all or nothing but… whatever we take we have to replace it with a like item that is of equal(ish) or better value, and then we pack it up and send it on to the next Jock on the list.

When the circle is completed the package will come back to me, hopefully with 5 new pens, 5 new blanks and 5 new kits. I have to admit my pens are not the best – I’m still learning – but I hope the other jocks will take pity on me and take some of my pens… :-)

I wanted to start the kit with a nice mix of low, mid and higher-end items as well as different styles and materials. I think I got a good mix to start off with. The first jock to get the box (you know who you are!) will get a preview of what’s coming to him here.

For the pens: (In numbered pen tubes so they are easily identified)-
1 – Chrome European in Lacewood
2 – Pearl Classic American in Pink Ivory
3 – Slimline Pencil in Goncalo Alves
4 – Black Titanium European in African Blackwood
5 – Black Titanium European in Figured Maple

For the pen blanks:
1 – Mango Creamsicle Acrylic Blank (Nowhere near as delicious as it sounds)
2 – Lacewood
3 – Curly Maple
4 – African Blackwood
5 – Dymondwood-style blank in ‘Bubblegum’

For the pen kits:
1 – 24kt Slimline Pencil kit
2 – Round top European Pen kit in Chrome
3 – Classic American Screw Cap Fountain Pen kit in Gold
4 – Mini European Pen kit in Gold
5 – Cushion Grip Click Pen kit

And so it begins… as each Jock gets the box and sends it on he’ll update the blog here so we can see the journey these take. We’ll also share any comments or suggestions with each other (maybe via PM instead of the blog!) that might make each of us a little better at our carft.

Stay tuned!!!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 02-19-2008 03:19 PM

I just bought my first Lathe on Sunday morning so let me get my feet under me and I may join in the trading.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 02-19-2008 03:48 PM

Congratulations Grant. Welcome to your new addiction.

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#3 posted 02-22-2008 03:43 AM

Looking forward to getting the box and taking and giving back!

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#4 posted 02-22-2008 12:22 PM

Hope I have time to make something special for the trade.

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#5 posted 02-23-2008 06:16 AM

Yep… methinks I have to get down to the lathe NOW, or else the box will sit here for too long. (Take your time people!)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 02-23-2008 11:03 AM

Thanks, your info will be quite helpful as my wife gets started using her new lathe.

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#7 posted 02-23-2008 11:24 PM

The pen trade box left Tennessee on Thursday and arrived at Karson’s doorstep today. I added a bonus pen so now there are six pens in the box. Make sure you label anything that you put in the box.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#8 posted 02-24-2008 03:41 AM

Gonna update the map, Indiana Jones style, so we can follow the box?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 02-24-2008 06:27 AM

Scott – I can do that… stay tuned!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#10 posted 02-24-2008 06:42 AM

It arrived in Delaware on Sat. My wife wanted pen # 1 and i took Pen #6 which was made by Jeffthewoodwhacker.

I haven’t been to the shop yet to see what I’m sending on.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 02-24-2008 06:46 AM

Guys, can we get pics of any new stuff that’s added? Thanks!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#12 posted 02-24-2008 03:12 PM

This is too cool.

Where do we sign up for next year/time/box?

-- Still learning everything

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#13 posted 03-01-2008 08:12 PM

Just stumbled across this blog series. How do we get into the rotation on this? I do a lot of pen work and have some cool goodies, I could share.

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at

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#14 posted 03-03-2008 06:31 AM

Shannon – just sent you a PM.

If anyone else is interested just keep checking this blog. Once we wrap this one up we’ll see if we can get another group together for a 2nd trip.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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Douglas Bordner

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#15 posted 03-15-2008 02:21 PM

Count me in Tim.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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