A Few Pens

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Project by CedarFreakCarl posted 11-01-2008 04:58 PM 1266 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally broke down and puchased a lathe. Woodcraft ran a special on their mini lathe ($300) and with free shipping, it was a no brainer. I figured I’d start small and work my way up. So, here are a few pens. I was surprised by a couple of things, first how addicting making pens is. Secondly, how impressed people are when they see them for the first time. Wow..Carl that’s really something! As opposed to some stuff, mainly furniture projects that I’ve worked on for months that I’m really proud of….Oh, that’s nice Carl…..go figure.
The three cigar pens are ambroya burl, bubinga and heart pine. The slimline pens and pencils are red cedar, cherry and tulipwood.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#1 posted 11-01-2008 05:12 PM

very nice beginning…I can identify with all three points—-pens are a great way to start…I made my first pens a few months ago…they are addicting…and after all the “big stuff” that people think is cool…its the pens they are stunned by…lol

looking forward to watching your progress…since school has started I havent gotten out much…so far spent prepping some blanks but never turned them…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 11-01-2008 05:23 PM

Welcome to your new addiction. Nice work.

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#3 posted 11-01-2008 05:52 PM

I just did the same thing, except I thought I was staging a strategic coup by getting my wife involved. I don’t get to use the lathe much anymore!! Thanks for posting!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#4 posted 11-02-2008 05:09 AM

Nice pens, and yes… it’s quite an addiction, but a healthy, satisfying and instantly gratifying one.
If you weren’t already saving every scrap of wood, you will be now. I’ve saved enough 1/2 – 3/4 inch cubes to glue up whole new pen blanks!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 11-02-2008 07:28 PM

Thanks for the great comments! I’ve found a new wood fetish….....Scott, you’re right…healthy, satisfying and instantly gratifying describe it to a tee. It’s breathed new life into my woodworking. Thanks again.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#6 posted 11-03-2008 04:38 AM

Very nice, good job. Looks like you caught the fever!

-- Bud -

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#7 posted 11-15-2008 05:01 AM

Your pens are beautiful!


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