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391challenge pen #1: Challenge 391 pen

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Blog entry by jeffthewoodwacker posted 05-21-2009 12:31 AM 650 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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During Tim’s round three of the pen swap Karson put in several blanks of cherry burl and offered up a challenge to all lumberjocks to turn a pen from the cherry burl blank and post the results. When the pen trade box made it’s way to the west coast Steve threw in several spalted willow blanks and offered another challenge to all lumberjocks to turn a pen from his blanks. I posted the pen that I turned from Steves spalted willow blanks in the projects section, but in case you missed it here it is again:

This pen was sent to the troops in Iraq as part of the Turn for the Troops project. I recently received an email from the soldier who received the pen thanking me. Quite a bit of mileage on this pen.

Now I am ready to turn a pen from Karson’s cherry burl blank. The blank that I selected was very gnarly and had some very deep voids on one end.

I had a small piece of Steve’s spalted willow blank left and decided to combine Steve’s blank with what will eventually be the top of the pen turned from Karson cherry burl blank – east meets west. Here is the end of Steve’s blank glued up to the 1/2 of the blank from Karson. There were a few voids in this part of the blank and I flooded them with inlace.

The other end of the cherry burl blank needed some attention and I have decided to fill it with turquoise inlace material. I created a dam around the entire blank with duct tape (light on one side, dark on the other side and sticks to everything).

I now have both parts of the blank prepared to be drilled for the brass tube. Once the brass tubes are glued in and dry I will flood both blanks with medium CA glue and let them dry overnight.

Will give everyone an update on the progress of this project in the next couple of days.

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



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#1 posted 05-21-2009 12:51 AM

Cool Pen waiting for more

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#2 posted 05-21-2009 01:32 AM

Very interesting process – curious to see how this ‘turns’ out!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#3 posted 05-21-2009 02:36 AM

Jeff You have my attention.

That why I didn’t put in all perfect blanks so that some LJ’s would put some creativity to use. Napa (Matt) might have gotten the short end of the blanks. He’s not sure his is usable. I’m going to send him another.

Good luck on your creativity mindset.

-- 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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#4 posted 05-21-2009 03:09 AM

Thanks for the comments. I have also used shavings that I had the local Ace hardware store save me from their key making machine. I pour the shavings into an old blender and grind them up very fine. Then I use medium CA glue and make a slurry with the shavings and pack them into voids or turned grooves. When dry this turns down very easily and can be buffed up with 0000 steel wool.

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

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#5 posted 05-22-2009 01:55 AM

Karson, the blank is working great for what I want to do with it. That is why we call these projects “challenges” anyone can take a perfect blank of wood and turn a pen – much more creativity is inspired when there are obstacles to work around.

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

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