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Project by Christina Rytter posted 2079 days ago 1009 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my very first pen. I used a grizzly mini lathe and turned it out of spalted maple burl. The finish is Crystal coat friction polish. It took about a half hour to turn this from start to finish. I really liked the contrast between the black slim line pen kit and the wood. I’m very proud of this one :-) I’m going to try and turn some cigar style pens next.

-- Christina, British Columbia, Canada http://barkandfly.com





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darryl

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#1 posted 2079 days ago

it’s a very nice selection of wood, and I agree that the black kit goes nicely.
welcome to pen making… consider yourself warned, it’s very addicting!

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Woodhacker

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#2 posted 2079 days ago

Very nice Christina. For a first pen this is excellent. What type of lathe do you have?

Thanks for posting it.

oh…and welcome to LJ!

-- Martin, Kansas

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trifern

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#3 posted 2079 days ago

Nice looking pen. The wood looks similar to Big Leaf Maple. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Christina Rytter

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#4 posted 2079 days ago

I have a Grizzle Mini Lathe…which is quite nice with the adjustable speed control. I have to say that I have it easier than most people…my husband does all the drilling and gluing, so all I have to do is the turning and assembly.

-- Christina, British Columbia, Canada http://barkandfly.com

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rtb

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#5 posted 2079 days ago

sounds like your husband is doing well in his training, don’t let him backslide or you will have to start all over again. Seriously nice looking pen and very nice wood. having reviewed your other projects I would say that you have been well and truly bitten by the woodworking bug, enjoy this is the greatest place to learn and sure beats going out on a cold winter night to your local library to look at books written decades ago.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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Christina Rytter

30 posts in 2080 days


#6 posted 2079 days ago

Thanks RTB. I really do enjoy the bandsaw projects much more than turning…that’s Mike’s area…I just wander into every once in a while.

-- Christina, British Columbia, Canada http://barkandfly.com

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rikkor

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#7 posted 2078 days ago

That is a fine pen.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 2078 days ago

Very nice!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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miles125

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#9 posted 2078 days ago

If thats your first pen i get the feeling we’re in for a treat in the future. Very handsome pen!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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MarkWilk

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#10 posted 2078 days ago

Beautiful job, and a terrific burl. Cigar pens are favorites at my office, though lately the Gentlemen’s pen and Majestic are getting envious looks from co-workers.

Great job!

-- Mark, Florida, http://penturner.wordpress.com/

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