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Blog series by professor_x updated 03-28-2013 05:37 PM 2 parts 2998 reads 2 comments total

Part 1: Gathering starting material

03-22-2013 08:45 AM by professor_x | 2 comments »

After putting in 3 solid days of scouring the internet for places to buy exotic wood veneer in small quantities, I found that it would just be easier to make my own, provided I can find a rig that can cut such thin pieces of wood. I ended up buying pen blanks of the 3 woods I will potentially use: Gabon Ebony, Pink Ivory, and Purpleheart. I just ordered it so I will see how long this merchant takes to get me the wood, the shipping was almost as expensive as the pen blanks.

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Part 2: Woods received

03-28-2013 05:37 PM by professor_x | 0 comments »

I got the blanks on Monday the 25th, and the process of making them into veneer looks daunting. I was disappointed in the color of the Gabon Ebony, although mostly black, there were visible streaks of darker brown. They were encased in wax, suggesting they were still green. I will try out a few methods of drying them out.

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