Pen Turners' Swap #2 #8: Marvelous Minnesota!

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Blog entry by itsme_timd posted 09-03-2008 05:57 PM 1504 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I received a note from Rikkor that he has the pen box, he tells me it is VERY impressive. Sounds like it gets better at every stop! He’ll post us some pics soon and then it’s off to the West Coast for 2 stops in CA (that’s California for all you pen turners thinking about glue…) and then we’ll wrap Round 2. bigguy is next on the list – I hope he’s ready for the awesomeness that’s coming his way. At least Rikkor knew partially what to expect since he was involved in the first trade, bigguy is new to this, so he may just pass out when he opens the box – consider yourself warned…

I’ve already received inquiries for Round 3 so it looks like that will definitely happen. If you’re interested go ahead and PM me and I’ll start to keep a list of Jocks to contact. Probably about a month out on starting the next one.

Here’s our latest map…

Pen Traders' Map

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 09-03-2008 07:32 PM

I received the box yesterday, and about all I could say was WOW! I laid out all the blanks on the dining room table, like this:


What a selection. I took one of just about each of Karson’s donations, and maybe one other. I also grabbed one of Ryno101’s pens. It is really a nice pen, thanks Ryan.

I decided on two pens to put in, an acrylic Sierra, and a black walnut Bullet pen.

My pens

I have not selected what blanks I will be contributing, but I’ll certainly add to the stock. Thanks to all participants for making this another fun adventure. As last time, this has been a rewarding experience and I’d be delighted to join the next one.

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#2 posted 09-03-2008 09:26 PM

Thank you, Rikkor… got your PM, I’m glad you got the pen I added! Use it in good health!

Nice looking acrylic, I have not tried the sierra pen kit yet, but it’s on my list!

This has been a ton of fun… I’m definitely in for Round 3!

-- Ryno

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#3 posted 09-03-2008 09:32 PM

OK, I added the following: 4 blanks of ash (notice I didn’t say pieces of ash), 2 of cherry, and one of ebony. It should be on its way sometime tomorrow.

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#4 posted 09-04-2008 04:09 PM

...and the box is in the mail, on its way to California.

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#5 posted 10-03-2008 05:05 PM

Not sure how this works, but have thousands of blanks cut from local trees (Virginia). I have a nephew that is an arborist. I have been “training” him to fetch any unusual tree parts for the lathe and small projects. I generally go for the crotch wood, quarter sawed, spalted and burls. Some are experimental stabilized blanks. I used different materials under vacuum and pressure.

Be happy to share in round 3.

Home Made

-- Steve Nearman,,, Fredericksburg, VA

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