Pen Turners' Swap - Round 3 #11: Back in business, he pen trade box is on the move!

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Blog entry by itsme_timd posted 02-06-2009 10:22 PM 1341 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Wherefore art thou, Pen Trade Box? Part 11 of Pen Turners' Swap - Round 3 series Part 12: Heading west! »

Great news for those that didn’t see the previous entries, the box is safe and sound in Bruce’s (CanadianWoodChuck) hands and will be on the way to Rikkor in MN soon.

We’re all glad to see the box back in action and even more so that things are mostly OK for Ned. Make sure to keep him in your thoughts and prayers!

The map!

Canada Post told Bruce he should make it over to Rikkor in about 8 days, that’s not too bad at all and gives him some time drool in anticipation!

Thanks again everyone – her we go!!!!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 02-06-2009 10:28 PM

Tim I think the layers of tape on this box are adding about 5 pounds, it is getting pretty beat up, but I’m just taping it up now.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#2 posted 02-06-2009 10:37 PM

I used to work in shipping, so I over-taped it just in case…

Thanks Tim!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#3 posted 02-06-2009 10:42 PM

LOL, thanks guys. I worked in a distribution center myself. Wielded my tape gun like a soldier wields his rifle!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#4 posted 02-06-2009 11:21 PM

I have a sharp pocket knife, I’ll get ‘er open when it arrives.

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#5 posted 02-06-2009 11:23 PM

Glad to hear that Ned is being OK and that the box is on the move!

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#6 posted 02-06-2009 11:54 PM

I just got back from the post office, Rikkor the box is on its way.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#7 posted 02-07-2009 12:38 AM

So glad that Ned is ok and nothing went on there. Glad to here the box is back in action. Hey maybe those spalted blanks I put in there are only prettier now with age!

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

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#8 posted 02-07-2009 01:09 AM

Tim, nice job tracking the box down. Glad to hear that we are back in business. I have been keeping some special blanks aside waiting for the box to show up. If anyone would like some highly figured box elder, spalted ambrosia maple or hackberry let me know and we can work something out.

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

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#9 posted 02-07-2009 01:16 AM

could someone explain this to me the swap I keep opening it up and see a map with pins in but no real explanation of what it’s about sorry maybe I have missed something that’s very possibleLOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 02-07-2009 01:24 AM

Tim had this idea that a bunch of lumberjocks would trade some pen blanks. Since much of what we have is of some local woods etc.

A bunch of pen blanks were put in a box with some finished pens and some pen kits. And people ask to be put on the list. Tim selected the order and when it arrives at you, you take some out and put some in. Then you send it to the next person on the list.

It’s a cheaper way that sending 5/4 10’ long planks around the country.

-- 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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#11 posted 02-07-2009 01:26 AM

Karson nailed it for you, Alistair.

If you (or anyone else) is interested in the long explanation take a look at the post What is the Pen Turners' Swap and How Does it Work?

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#12 posted 02-07-2009 02:02 AM

A while back I contacted Nikki to see about getting some European pen kits and wood. The pen kits over there are virtually the same as here only more expensive. Alistair, you are out of luck.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#13 posted 02-07-2009 04:24 AM

Hey! I think it crossed over my house somewhere on the first and middle of this trip. I thought it was a helicoptor or maybe a hawk, no it was the LJ’s box of pen blanks tapped to Timbuktooooo.

So, where are the photos of the contents? I wanna’ see pictures!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 02-07-2009 04:31 AM

There’s a darn good chance you’re right MMH, the box has grown a lot and is no doubt visible to the naked eye when it flies over! ;-)

For some pics – click up at the top to go back one entry in the blog series and you’ll see ALL the goodies.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#15 posted 02-10-2009 04:59 AM

this is such great news…glad you guys are back on track…will be watching with envy…enjoy!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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