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This is my most recent pen, a gift made for my father’s 81st birthday. It is a twist pen made of Cocobolo wood, finished with Shellawax friction polish. Any constructive advice welcome.

-- Beginner at turning





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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 01:05 AM

Looks great. And I’m not biased at all – grin. And he really loved getting the pen.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 01:18 AM

Great lookin’ pen.
All parents say they love their gift, because they have to say that.
There is no doubt that, no matter who gave him the pen….
He would have to love it!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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boxcarmarty

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 01:21 AM

Sweet stick, and love the case too…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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firefighterontheside

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#4 posted 04-28-2014 01:22 AM

That’s very nice. I’ve done very limited turning. I can’t even imagine turning something that small. It’s a gift that I would love to get, especially if it was made by a friend or family member.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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firefighterontheside

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#5 posted 04-28-2014 01:23 AM

Did you make the case?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Dave

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#6 posted 04-28-2014 01:27 AM

A most handsome pen. Well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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lightcs1776

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#7 posted 04-28-2014 01:34 AM

Errant post

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Just_a_Turning

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#8 posted 04-28-2014 01:38 AM

Thanks for the encouragement! No, I didn’t make the pen box. The pen box was purchased from my Penn State Industries Wood turning magazine.

-- Beginner at turning

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Andy Ponder

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#9 posted 04-28-2014 01:41 AM

Beautiful pen. I’ve turned a few, but mine don’t even come close to that nice.

A gift to be proud of, whether giving or receiving.

Andy

-- AP--Unless you're the lead dog, the view never changes.

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Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 04-28-2014 01:55 AM

You’ve come a long ways in a short time….

Very nice!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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JL7

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#11 posted 04-28-2014 02:01 AM

Fantastic pen – love the Cocobolo…..so good to see you are enjoying the new craft!

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CFrye

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#12 posted 04-28-2014 02:42 AM

Beautiful pen! The grain on the Cocobolo looks great. How is it to turn? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Gene Howe

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#13 posted 04-28-2014 03:11 AM

Chris is right. You do awesome work.
Beautiful pen. I’ll bet your dad treasures it.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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BikerDad

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#14 posted 04-28-2014 03:30 AM

That’s a great looking pen. The only advice I can give, and hopefully you’ll consider it constructive, is to give more thought to the background. Unfortunately, the pen box doesn’t set the pen off very well.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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Ted

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#15 posted 04-28-2014 03:38 AM

What a beautiful pen. Cocobolo is one of my favorite woods and you certainly did it justice. Is the case maple? I really like the contrast.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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