Pen Turners' Swap - Round 3 #6: Bel Aire or Bust!

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Blog entry by itsme_timd posted 11-26-2008 06:04 PM 998 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ta-Da-Ta-Da-Ta-Da-Ta-DaTa-Da-Ta-Da… (FYI, that’s a drum roll.)

The map:

The box is on it’s way to ShannonRogers now, packed with goodies from (most recently), Trifern! The postal clerk commented to Trifern it was the heaviest flat-rate box he’d seen! ;-) That’s the spirit of Lumberjocks for you – make the most out of what you’ve got! I’m sure that Shannon will enjoy his bounty…

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I would like to say that I am always thankful for… pictures. :-) Please do share pics with us of the box, snap one of what you take and one of what you send at least, if you’re inclined to do more then please do. We’ve been a little thin on pics this round… I ain’t trying to be the heavy here, everyone was warned about ‘The Enforcers’ ;-) and I’m just trying to keep it flowing as planned. The pics keep everyone else interested and excited about the swap, and let’s others know what’s on the way to them.

Any-how… I seriously want to wish everyone here in the states a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a great day of food, football, family and friends! And for our friends outside the US please feel free to roast up a turkey and join us in spirit!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 11-26-2008 06:16 PM

Also wishing Happy Thanksgiving to all in the turner’s swap and all Jocks.

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#2 posted 11-26-2008 06:23 PM

Oh, man… Just catching up after being DEEP into a home renovation project that kept me away from this round, and I’m now seeing what I’m missing!

Keep it going, y’all… Can’t wait to see more of the #391 pens!

So when’s Round IV? ;-)

-- Ryno

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#3 posted 11-26-2008 07:54 PM

I am really getting excited. The pen box is bouncing all over the states – maybe Santa will snag it on his travels and find something he likes.

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

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#4 posted 11-26-2008 11:38 PM

Great, moving again.

-- 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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#5 posted 11-28-2008 08:56 PM

Sorry about the lack of pictures… I will try to send what i took out… And what I make of them…

I have turned 10 pens this week for Christmas sales… I made 4 pens from a tobacco stick from a customers’s family farm… 3 pens from a spalted ash log from a customer’s yard (I had to dry those blanks with the microwave…) And then 1 from teak from a piece of a customer’s new bar that they just built…

But have not used any blanks from the box so far… I am making them up for family… My daughter saw the green acrylic blank and immediately claimed it… She want it made with the bloodwood on the bottom and the green acrylic as the top… I have some Wall Street and Churchill sets that I plan to make up as well…

Also making some bandsaw puzzle boxes… Once I am done I will set up and take some photos…

-- Derrel Frankfort, KY

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#6 posted 11-28-2008 09:54 PM

Sounds like some great stuff! I love teak but haven’t turned any yet myself.

Thanks Derrel!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#7 posted 11-30-2008 08:11 PM

Well folks I got the box on Friday after Thanksgiving. Something else to be thankful for and something to wake me up from the turkey coma.

Wow, this thing is full to bursting with pen kits, pen blanks, and completed pens. This is the second time I have participated in this swap and it is becoming more and more obvious just how great woodworkers are. The overflowing box is a testament to their generousity. It took me at least 15 minutes to unpack everything and be able to take stock of what was inside. My entire benchtop was covered with stuff.

Both challenge blanks provide their own tests as the burl is very unstable and the willow is just plain punky and soft. They will take a steady hand and fine tool handling technique to turn effectively. I think this will be a good opportunity for me to try some home stabilization techniques that I have been reading about on the forums. Whatever happens, I am up to the challenge!

I admit that since this box was so full that I may have taken more than I put in just so that I could get the box closed again. We Jocks are probably abusing the flat rate shipping box and the US postal service must be losing money on this deal because the weight alone would drive up the shipping cost. I tried to offset the space and weight issue by putting in more pen kits and less blanks since they take up less space. I also put in more exotic and expensive blanks and kits to balance out the karmic effect.

Here was my take:


2 Laminated Walnut/Poplar
2 Apple
Spalted Willow
Cherry Burl
2 Cocobolo
Pink Ivory
2 KY Coffee Tree
2 Pecan
Walnut Crotch

Pen Kits

A cool satin nickel Euro


Great Euro turned in acrylic
Beautiful Slimline in Big Leaf Maple burl

And here is what I put back in the box:


2 Quilted Maple
2 Bird’s Eye Maple
2 Very Curly Koa
Kamani (Hawaiian hardwood)
2 Yellowheart
2 Quartersawn White Oak
2 Quartersawn Sycamore (from my backyard)
2 Buckeye Burl (see my Euro Screw Cap post)

Pen Kits

2 Classic Screw Cap
2 Rhodium Euro
Refrigerator Pen

I didn’t put in any of my own pens mainly because everything I am making now is going towards my craft show in two weeks. Next time around maybe I’ll put some of my own creations in there. I can’t wait to try out some of this interesting wood I pulled from this. Thanks to everyone who is participating and especially to Tim D for organizing the whole thing. Now it’s time to package this up and ship it off to the next lucky Jock!

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

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#8 posted 11-30-2008 10:27 PM

Thanks for the update, Shannon.

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

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#9 posted 12-01-2008 12:04 AM

It is getting closer, but I doubt if I’ll see it before Christmas.

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#10 posted 12-01-2008 01:14 AM

very cool….I think I am #15—-so this is good…i will need christmas break to catch up…and make some new pens…so slow down a bit everyone!!! just kidding…i know you are all anxious to keep the box moving…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 12-01-2008 03:09 AM

I think its getting close to me and I am VERY EXCITED, can’t wait, will be watching for the mail all week.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#12 posted 12-01-2008 04:38 PM

Awesome, thanks for the update. I’ll get the blog updated ASAP!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#13 posted 12-01-2008 06:28 PM

Great additions.

-- 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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