Pen Turners' Swap #4: We're going international with this thing...

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Blog entry by itsme_timd posted 03-12-2008 06:49 AM 1642 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi Jocks,

ScottB just let us know he’ll drop the packaging in the mail. From the way it looks at sounds you’ll now need a loading dock if you want to be part of the pen trade, no more of this sissy carrying a box to the front door stuff for us!

Here’s a map update…

...and how the spread looked when ScottB received it…

He’ll share some pics soon on the outgoing package… per Scott the package is busting at the seams. You guys are all too generous!

Next in line is Relic, in bee-yootiful Novia Scotia. Relic – how’s the weather up there??? It’s been a bit chilly here in the South lately, we’re down to 42 degrees right now – that’s about 5 1/2 in your currency, right?

Thanks again everyone, more to come soon…

~ FYI ~
We think we’re going to recycle the box once it makes a full round, if you’re interested in getting in on round 2 drop me a PM with your name and location and we’ll see what we can get together. We’ll probably want to avoid getting too many on one trade so it doesn’t take 6-months to get around – but we’ll see what we get.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 03-12-2008 09:59 AM

It just seems to me that Nova Scotia to California would be a good next leg.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 03-12-2008 11:36 AM

Lee, I’m thinking a stop in Minnesota on the way to California would be most logical.

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#3 posted 03-12-2008 11:43 AM

I don’t turn pens, but this travelogue is downright fun.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-12-2008 12:05 PM

I wish I did turn pens but, like Russel, I am enjoying this as well. Not quite the same as actually participating in this swap but it is the next best thing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-12-2008 01:22 PM

well… you still have time to get learning before the box comes your way (you can just trade blanks to gear up for your foray into turning!)

-- 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 03-12-2008 01:28 PM

Tim, It could be organized in groups limited to eight or ten, and each box goes around twice. There could be several groups depending on the level of interest.

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#7 posted 03-12-2008 01:44 PM

Blackwood is out, Walnut Burl is in! (pens that is)

The Walnut burl is from Treebones, he traded me a bunch of it in return for a couple pens, which he’ll soon have, after this preview here!

I’ve selected the blanks on the right, the bottom set of 5 is from Karsons grab bag of fun for us to share, blackwood, maple and oak crotch, osage orange root and smoke bush (top to bottom)

Above that are the pieces i’m trading for : Pecan, blue corian, purple heart, bloodwood and bing cherry.

My additions, on the right, from bottom to top – a (long) piece of mesquite perhaps a blank and a half or two, (from BSB in TX)

Above that my piece of my figured maple that I’ve used in a project or two – my bottle stoppers was the most recent) theres four, if not 5-6 blanks in that piece (or one big MASSIVE pen!)

Above that on the right, is what I believe to be walnut. I bought some blanks on eBay a year or more back, and have forgotten what it is. I thought they were a few different things, but seems to be walnut – I’d appreciate knowing if other.

And lastly, to the right, some goodies salvaged from the day job. 4 pieces of red oak – offcuts of stair treads, and offcuts of spindles (as previously posted here) not sure what those are I just added those for fun. They used to be laminated from strips of pine, but now are made out of whole, if not fingerjointed hardwood – akin to the “hardwood craftwood” you can get at the art store, as best I can tell – some pieces are darker or greyer than others, all different sorts of grain. Salvaged things can be a surprise, fun even.

Anyhow, Happy turning!

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

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#8 posted 03-12-2008 02:21 PM

Well we are starting to get a real mix of things. Kind of what I envisioned when I threw in a bunch of wood for people to select from.

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

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#9 posted 03-12-2008 02:32 PM

I would love to see it come around again, by then the weather should break and I will be able to get out to the shop and make a few higher quality pens for trading. I placed an order with craft supplies the other day so I will have some really nice kits to work with.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#10 posted 03-12-2008 03:04 PM

This is turning out great, very cool to see the box growing – lot’s of nice woods to select from.

Rikkor – I thought the same thing, about 10 to a group would put the box at about a month to cycle. I think I’ll post another thread to see about getting new people in the loop.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#11 posted 03-12-2008 07:23 PM

I like the idea of this going as far flung as possible – but was surprised to see it come in at 8.95 (in the flat rate box) and head up to Canada at 23.00 (in the same box)- granted this is still cheaper than buying new and interesting blanks or kits – even if we are swapping out what we have a surplus of – and it is fun to see how our stuff compares, and actually see other jocks handiwork. I also like being able to see what the different styles of pens really look like (outside of the catalogs) before investing in new kits, bushings etc.. and getting something that might be bigger or smaller than we’d expected (and already got a dozen of)

that said, I’d still vote in favor of not limiting future swaps to a single country, (No reason to exclude – love the potential for diversity) but just make sure our box crosses any borders as few times as possible, and makes the shortest international jumps it can (or we take turns filling out the customs paperwork)

Oh, and the box is currently at 6 pounds!.. but there still is a little room to pack in more (I managed to squeeze in a few packing peanuts.)

Looking forward to round 2!

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

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#12 posted 03-12-2008 07:52 PM

Lee, that’s easy for you to say when someone else is paying the shipping from Canada to California! :-)

Actually, we laid things out to make the easiest geographic trip to save time and $$$.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#13 posted 03-12-2008 09:53 PM

Tim, nice job on the pen swap. Karson and I have extended the swap by sending each other assorted pen blanks. We talked to each other on the phone to make sure that there was no duplication. He and I both had wood that the other guy didn’t have. I would be willing to go for a second round. By now my mind has gone blank with all the turns that the box has made. I hope to get bearing on tight or I will have to pen myself a note. Way to have fun guys!

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

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#14 posted 03-13-2008 02:36 AM

I can hardly wait, I,m also looking forward to see my fellow jocks handiwork.

-- Andy Stark

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#15 posted 03-13-2008 02:39 AM

Don’t have to wait long Andy….

Jeff, I can’t believe anyone has wood that Karson doesn’t have. Wow!

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

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