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Pen Turners' Swap - Round 3 #8: Yes, ScottB, there IS a Santa Claus!

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Blog entry by itsme_timd posted 12-08-2008 11:15 PM 1044 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Scott made the prediciton a while ago this wouldn’t make it to him by Christmas. Looks like Santa was listening and his helpers kept this moving right along. You get an early Christmas present!

A little visual aid, a/k/a ‘The Map’:

Enjoy Scott, looking forward to seeing what you do with these goodies!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA



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#1 posted 12-08-2008 11:52 PM

OK Scott you better get busy this could be no 31 in your list of 30.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 12-09-2008 03:32 AM

already posted #31… this could be #32 through infinity, judging by the weight of the box! Off to open it (am I allowed to open it early?) or will that put me on the naughty list?

Ahh, who am I kidding. I’ll be checking it out tonight! (and skipping work tomorrow to go get more pen kits!)

-- 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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#3 posted 12-09-2008 03:36 AM

That’s the spirit, Scott!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#4 posted 12-09-2008 04:24 AM

I would be jealous, but we had a water pipe break under the slab in the living room. Now instead of turning, I’m learning how to lay 400 sq feet of wood flooring… laminate, so no pen blanks :( Hopefully I will have the living room finished by the time the box rolls around.

-- Sure Dear, I can make that for you. Lemme just run out and get a tool I need for that.

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#5 posted 12-09-2008 06:02 AM

I gave the box a “quick” once over. Pulled out a bunch, and it’s still full!... and, as with last round, there is not much I recognize from previous rounds. Just a little bit of the composite decking and one of the laminated blanks I sent off last time. A LOT of diversity. This is such a great venture, really enjoying this.

I’ll share some pix before I send it on it’s merry way.

-- 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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#6 posted 12-14-2008 11:16 PM

Sorry for the delay in getting the box on… As you may be aware NH and Central Mass (at the very least) has been very hard hit by an ice storm late last week. The roads are mostly fine, and things were cleared up quickly on that score, but hundreds of thousands of people have been without power for days. Crews are coming in from Ohio and Canada to help restore power. In NH alone fire crews were responding to hundreds of incidents of transformer explosions.
Most of the earlies clean up work was by tree crews who had to clear the way for the various utilities to fix things. Some people are still connected to the grid, but have had to have their power turned off until trees can be safely removed from power lines. In my parents neighborhood a down tree barred one entrance to their development, and a telephone pole shattered in three pieces blocked the other.
Some estimates are for people to be without power until later in the coming week, and up to two weeks. Merry Christmas ;(
People are living at local schools, churches and all the hotels for a couple hours drive are booked.
We lucked out in getting our power back yesterday, and having a woodstove to keep us comfortable enough to provide safe haven for family that isn’t so lucky. Getting the Cable back today at least lets us be aware of the state of things. My neighbors still aren’t as lucky. Literally a half mile up the hill, it looks like the storm (from last Thursday) is still going on. Lines are down across roads and driveways in several places and the trees are still loaded with ice. Some roads look like a war zone with trees knocked over at the roots.
Thursday night there were some lights on in town. Police and Fire Stations, not much else. Friday night the town was dark.

Schools are already closed for tomorrow at the very least, fortunately there was mail delivery today. First time for a Sunday I’d reckon… I’m hoping that downtown is open tomorrow so we can get some packages off, and this (toasty warm and stuffed to the gills) pen trade box can get to NY before Christmas.

So odd being so disconnected for almost 4 days. The lights off wasn’t so bad, we had a woodstove to keep us warm, and I learned I could make tea, and toast on top!, Can’t say I missed the TV, except for when our eyes were tired trying to read and play scrabble by flashlight… what I really missed was making stuff down in the shop. Now the weekends over, and I need a couple more days to make up for the lathe and other projects I need to get done!!! What a way to kill, what was supposed to be a nice long productive 4 day weekend!

But, I remain grateful, many families at church are without power, and I’m the only one in my family who’s “back to normal.” Wouldn’t it be nice if the tree crews could sell all this firewood they are cutting up, and use all that money to help pay back the families who’ll have to pay for their burst pipes and re-stocking their fridges? Gonna be a long cold December for lots of New England families.

-- 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 12-14-2008 11:25 PM

Wow Scott, looks like I’ve been pretty disconnected from the news. Glad to hear you’re safe and prayers will go up for others still having trouble.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#8 posted 12-16-2008 02:54 AM

I was surprised that all this stuff fit in the box!

I did have to repack it three times (weren’t we “supposed to” be swapping 5 blanks, 5 kits and 5 pens?) We are quite the generous bunch!

I pulled out some blackwood, bloodwood (I hope I’ve learned enough not to blow them out this time), plus some river birch, BOW, pecan, the 2 challenge blanks, coffee stick, tobacco oak, purpleheart and cocobolo. I pulled out a great Gentlemans pen from Ken, I first thought it was HUGE, but it’s a great and well balanced pen. Now my cigar pens almost look petite. I’ll be checking out some of those kits in the future.


For my additions, I put in 6 pieces of Chestnut that my Father-in-law harvested, as well as several long pieces of what once was cherry breadboard that showed up in a bunch of scrap from my grandfather. I’d guess it came from an old table from his church, or something he salvaged from a rummage sale. Too nicely grained for the burn pile – yes, even with the week we’ve had. I noticed all the bamboo was gone, so I put in a couple more pieces of that, a glued up maple/walnut blank, as well as an Atlas pen made from the same (as seen in my 30 day challenge, that, and a Platinum Mango Atlas also one of the 30 – the Mango from fellow LJ in Hawaii, Harold. I had a heck of a time getting it all in there!

-- 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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#9 posted 12-16-2008 04:09 AM

Looks like we’ve got some great stuff making the rounds here, thanks for the post and the pics, Scott.

I’ll get the blog updated ASAP!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#10 posted 12-16-2008 04:26 AM

Thanks Scott. I’m glad you are safe.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#11 posted 12-16-2008 05:33 AM

so glad you are safe…what a story…we had our first rain of the year and its all over the news like its a huge event…and then you guys are getting hammered…scary…

be safe…be safe…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 12-16-2008 06:37 AM

oops… the pen I added was really Robusta, not Mango. See what I get for trying to remember without checking? Has to be robusta – it was the only Hawaiian Atlas I made! Mango looked totally different.

Oh, and thanks for the well wishes. My parents just got their power back today. Dad was walking around in the driveway trying to keep warm while waiting for my Mom to get home from work (was 20 degrees warmer outside – the windows were fogging up!) – then they were going to be off to a hotel…. when the motion sensor light came on. Looks like that hotel reservation for tonight set dumb luck in motion! Funny.

Now if only I could salvage all that firewood, and useable lumber that fell, (and is hung up on), on my perilously steep back slope…

-- 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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