Pen Turners' Swap #2 #5: Big Box o' Blanks

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Blog entry by itsme_timd posted 08-04-2008 04:19 PM 1134 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey Everyone,

The pen trade box is moving right along! As many of us suspected, Karson loaded the box as much as he could – thanks again, Karson! The box is on it’s way to Frank in NY now, ain’t he a lucky guy to get this right after Karson???

Here’s the latest map…

Hope everyone is having fun with this, I know I am!

TedM and I exchanged a few emails and, for now, he’s going to step out of the trade rotation. We hate to see him go but we know from the first round of the trade that time/costs to Canada can be a burden – especially as the box gets heavier. Ted – maybe you can spur a Canadian version of the swap? I’ll be glad to help anyway I can.

Thanks again everyone!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 08-04-2008 06:50 PM

let me know if you need another CALI pen turner in the rotation…I have loved following this…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 08-04-2008 06:58 PM

If you would like a Hawaii stop, my address is POB 377314 ocean view hawaii, 96737…..I would love to share what’s available here….

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#3 posted 08-04-2008 11:42 PM

Frank, you are a lucky dog. You heard Karson though. Go and make pens and show us the results.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 08-05-2008 12:26 AM

The Box Is In New York!!
I came home today to find that the trade box is here, I think it arrived Fri. or Sat but I’ve been
away for the last 4 days. I will look it over tonight, from just taking a glance you can tell Karson was a busy man cutting blanks. I will make my picks and add a few things then get this right back on it’s way.
I’ll post more before sending it out tomorrow.

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

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#5 posted 08-05-2008 01:51 AM

TedM Sorry for the need to drop out. I talked to the postoffice here about the postage to Canada, and he said it wasn’t much more than normal.

But, he was not sure of the Canadian rates to ship it back to the States. Sorry you had to drop out. Send me your address and phone number by regular e-mail and I send a few blanks to you from my end.

-- 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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#6 posted 08-07-2008 04:50 PM

I wonder about the post office some days. I used the prepaid mailer box to send up to CA in round one, and the info on the box indicated that the flat rate box was valid internationally, but the weight was limited…. I checked with the kitchen scale and was well within the limit, yet they charged $10 more than I was expecting. either my scale is WAY off, or regulations changed?

Anyhow, sorry to see anyone step out, this is a fun process….

Now Harold, what do you have for some nice local woods in Hawaii… and what can I trade them with you for?

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

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#7 posted 08-08-2008 06:38 AM

I’ll send you a note…I’m sure I could put together a flat rate box

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#8 posted 08-15-2008 02:28 PM

Just to clarify a bit, the cost of sending it here (?) and back again (est. $50-$60.) is certainly an issue but the shipping time is the real concern.

I recently sent a small package to my daughter who is staying in Maine this summer and it took just under a month for her to receive it from here in Nova Scotia. As well, it takes at least 3 weeks to receive a letter from the US. It is likely that my leg of the journey will take the better part of two months, and this is without taking US/CDN customs into consideration if the package was to get stopped.

I see this as an unnescessary delay to a great program just for this one stop.

Rest assured that I did not make this decision easily, (especially after seeing all the great stuff being added! :)) but to keep the program running as swiftly as it should this is best.

As an aside, instead of a ‘Canada only’ swap, or any other country specific swap for that matter, I would much prefer to see more Canadians involved in this swap that would warrant the border crossing. Anything else would limit the variety of booty included, particullarly blanks.

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#9 posted 08-18-2008 05:19 AM

was expecting the box to arrive sooner or later, yet was still surprised when it showed up on Friday. I took a quick look through it and was also surprised to see the variety and how different it is from round one. Only a couple blanks I put in remain, two of the “I think it’s walnut” – I still do – and only one offcut stair spindle – like the one I made my salvaged pencil out of.

This time I’ve got some scraps of veranda composite decking (saved from the job I was working on this weekend – cuts beautifully) and a couple of glued up maple/cherry blanks to add for a little variety….
There is some great stuff to trade that for, if I can only decide what I want to play with most! (and it’s getting to be a puzzle just to fit everything back in the box. We are a generous bunch!

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

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#10 posted 09-03-2008 03:40 PM

Hey folks… I can provide a stop in Kentucky and provide a pen made from a Kentucky woods even a tobacco stick… Right now I have some beautiful oak but also working on getting some hickory sticks… The address is Derrel Cone 1113 Entrada Drive Frankfort, KY 40601…

-- Derrel Frankfort, KY

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