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Pen Turners' Swap #2 #6: Chasing the end of summer, more time to turn pens?

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Blog entry by itsme_timd posted 08-18-2008 08:05 PM 793 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey LJ’s,

ScottB sends word to us pen traders that he has the box in his possession! Sounds like he’s enjoying what he has to choose from and interested to see the stock changing as it moves along – Scott commented that only a couple items from Trade #1 are still in the box now.

Down here (Atlanta) most of the kids are back in school, I thought that was the case for most of the kids in the US but I overheard a conversation where some schools are not going back until after Labor Day! Wow, I remember that from when I was a kid but thought they quit those long summers years ago.

I guess with school back in some people may have more time in the shop and others may have less time in the shop. I know here in Atlanta the biggest thing we notice when school’s back in is the increase in traffic on the roads!

Here’s the latest map:

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA



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Karson

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#1 posted 08-18-2008 11:43 PM

Glad to see it made it to Scott. I didn’t see any blog or comments from FrankA. Is he being stelth?

-- 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 karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 08-18-2008 11:51 PM

Karson, Frank said he’d been pulling double-shifts and had to have his wife drop the box at the post office to get it moving along. Perhaps when his schedule slows some he’ll share some pics with us!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#3 posted 08-19-2008 12:12 AM

Oh boy! It’s getting closer…

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#4 posted 08-19-2008 01:30 AM

It sure is getting closer!
So looking forward to seeing what ScottB has to share with us…

-- Ryno http://shawsheenwoodworks.com

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#5 posted 08-20-2008 04:49 PM

It has been fun watching this box travel all over. I am looking forward to Swap #3 so I can get involved.

BTW, school started here today, 8/20/08

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#6 posted 08-25-2008 02:52 AM

Ok, here’s the scoop on whats in the box – A TON!

I pulled out a mix from Karson’s generous and diverse assortment, and some others from the rest of you perhaps from this round, perhaps from after me in the previous round. (still plenty left, fear not!)

As for what’s heading on, I added a few glued up pieces I made with Maple and walnut, oak, and or cherry.
The Cherry strip is on a diagnal, and I wasn’t sure if I’d like the color combination, though after turning and finishing a couple test pens, they contrast nicely.

I left these long so you can decide where the center should be, in the middle and loose the ends, or if cut right you could get three nice pens out of both blanks.

those test pieces remain unassembled. I had a bunch of prepped blanks by the lathe, and in my haste, i didn’t notice I didn’t glue the brass tubes in em. So they are a bit off center. Oh well, I hope I don’t do that again!

I’m interested to see/hear how the oak and walnut combinations turn out. I kept one of the former, but none of the latter.

I added a few bamboo blanks, Despite the way it attacks you when turning, I think it makes a really nice pen. My bamboo cigar pen remains my favorite, and my wife likes her Euro one (both in platinum).

I saved some offcuts from a (very) recent deck refurb I did for the day job. Veranda Brand Decking, special ordered from the BORG, I think the color is called Espresso. There are many blanks hidden in these pieces. (which cut really cleanly) I saved a few small pieces to play with myself. Id didn’t stink to cut like the PVC trim, and isn’t staticy like it either, so I think this ‘ll be fun to play with.

I’ve got a few other blanks to put in too if I can get the box closed! This thing is a real treasure trove.

Now getting back to what I pulled out. I intended to only take things I knew what they were, but as this has changed hands so much (and I’m still a newbie at species ID) some are mystery blanks to me. So my first instinct was to leave them… but some of them really spoke to me (or look just about right for gifts for certain people) so I just had to take em….
now can the contributor lemme know what I’ve got, or can anyone take a educated, or wild stab at these:

The second from the top is a piece of countertop material, looks like a green granite like stone.
The two blanks below are probably cocobolo, cut from one piece. will make a nice set!
The bottom two pieces are the same species, there were a few more in the same bag, they are waxy, and have a bit of an orangish cast, might be spalted, I really don’t know. They sure look cool! – but what are they?

Oh, a couple of you before me mentioned taking a pen or a blank and don’t know what it is. Post a picture (or look back at the previous blog history) so we can help you ID those.

This has been more fun than last time, can’t wait until it comes around again.
The box is in it’s way to MA tomorrow… I hope the mailman ate his Wheaties!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#7 posted 08-28-2008 01:30 AM

I started to write on the blank what it was. That way the piece was turned off and didn’t mar the pen blank but it helped the receiver identify what it was. Tim you might want to suggest that to everyone. Or masking tape on the blank and write on the tape. Their are so many beautiful woods that it would be a shame to use one and say “I don’t know what the wood is!”

Just my two cents.

-- 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 karsonwm@gmail.com †

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itsme_timd

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#8 posted 08-28-2008 01:44 AM

I agree Karson. I write on mine what they are as I know it will be turned off. I saw some others in bags that were labeled and that works as well. We’ll just kindly ask that everyone label them in some way.

Thanks!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#9 posted 08-28-2008 02:27 AM

hmm… no one fessed up to my mystery woods yet? Tim, do you still have the list of last rounds people, or who had it before me, so we can ask em via PM (in case they’re on vaca or something and missed these I.D posts?)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#10 posted 11-08-2008 04:41 AM

re-reading throught this series… I think I discovered that one of the mystery woods was Shannon’s Spalted maple. Never thought it’d have been maple being a orangish-yellow… but now I know!.... but I still wonder what the widely spaced striped blank is in the bottommost photo…

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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