Pen Turners' Swap #9: THE JOURNEY IS COMPLETE!

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Blog entry by itsme_timd posted 05-10-2008 09:40 PM 1283 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As Nils mentioned, the Goodie Box was on my doorstep yesterday. I wasted no time at all digging in and seeing what was in this Treasure Chest!

WOW! This sure did G-R-O-W since it left Georgia, it’s packed full of stuff. I’ll get to the pics soon but first here’s a recap of the trip.

Started with me in Woodstock, GA (5 Kits – 5 Blanks – 5 Pens)
I sent it to jeffthewoodwhacer in Tennessee
Jeff sent it to Karson in Delaware
Karson sent it to FrankA in New York
Frank sent it to scottb in New Hampshire
Scott sent it to Relic in Nova Scotia
Relic sent it to Rikkor in Minnesota
Rikkor sent it to Nils in California
...and Nils sent it to me back in Georgia!

Like I said, we grew a lot on the trip. Seems most jocks added more than they took out and some really went above and beyond. We got some great native woods from some of the folks and some unusual and interesting turning materials. Corian, stair railings :-), smokebush, Canadian maple…. here’s the full list with pics

Here’s The Box complete with markings from our journey around North America!

Here’s what was inside!

Bloodwood Slimline in Gold
Canadian Bird’s Eye Maple Euro in Gold (Maple from Relic’s yard!)
Maple Euro in Gold
Padauk Slimline Pencil in Gold
Slimline in what looks like Gunmetal (very nice), not sure the wood. (Goncalo alves?)
Pink Ivory Americana in satin pearl
Walnut Burl Euro in Gold
Figure Maple Euro in Black Titanium
Red/Black/White Acrylic cigar in chrome
Zebrawood Euro in Gold

Mini Euro in Gold
Cushion Grip Click Gold
Cigar in Bright Black
Euro in Chrome
Slimline pencil
Cigar in Bright Copper

And now, the BIG turnout was… BLANKS
Grey fleck corian, light green corian, red corian, white corian, figured oak crotch, purpleheart, bloodwood some ’I think this is Walnut’ :-) , maple, curly maple, lacewood, red oak, walnut, African blackwood, big leaf maple burl, amboyna burl, Brazilian rosewood, smokewwod bush, zebrawood, osage orange root, figured maple crotch, bocote, birch, cherry, jatoba and some salvaged hardwood spindle bottoms. Whew!

So there you have it, the journey is completed. We started this in mid-February and we’ve visited 8 states and 1 province in 2 countries! Pretty cool…

THANKS FELLOW JOCKS!!! Everyone was awesome, some great notes and comments were sent along by everyone not to mention all the great woods we added in. I really appreciate everyone joining in the trade and helping to blog the journey – it sure was fun!

Now… we need to look at #2 and get that geared up. :-) I’ll take a few of the items out of this box but I’ll pack it full on it’s way back out. Perhaps this time we can try to get creative with local woods, unusual turnings… who knows? ;-) Who’s in for Round 2 ?

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 05-10-2008 10:21 PM

Tim – this was a really fun experience! It was great to get that box filled with so many blanks by the time it got to me. I hope you like the blanks I sent along – no pressure, but they should make some very nice pens!

Jeff, Karson, Frank, Scott, Relic, and Rikkor, thanks for putting in such interesting local woods and pens on each of your stops, and for the reports as the box made it along its way.

I’ve made a pen from one of the kits in the box, which I’ll be posting soon, and i can’t wait to post pictures of the pens made from the blanks I pulled – one of the great things is that the adventure will continue as each of us put the materials to use and post the results for everyone to see.


-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#2 posted 05-11-2008 12:08 AM

I am in. This was really a fun gig, and I look forward to the sequel.

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#3 posted 05-11-2008 03:48 AM

You can count me in again,
I very much enjoyed watching the entire trip.
Looking forward to round two.

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

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#4 posted 05-11-2008 06:01 AM

i’ve made a bunch of pens since the swap, and have many more kits now. Count me in for another go round. Looks like you’ve got a nice cache to play and practice with – a fine reward for a starting a rewarding experience!

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

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#5 posted 05-12-2008 01:17 AM

I would love to get in on round 2. I have been following this trip since it started and hope I can be a part of the next go around.

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

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Martin Sojka

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#6 posted 05-12-2008 01:32 AM


congratulations to organizing such a successful event! Thanks.

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#7 posted 05-12-2008 09:58 PM

I’m in

-- 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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#8 posted 02-07-2009 04:31 AM

Very cool.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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