Two-Tone Bamboo Pen

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Project by scottb posted 11-25-2008 05:44 AM 1727 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The carmelized color straight grain (colored by actually heating, not staining the bamboo) and natural color end grain contrast nicely, on a rounded diagonal line, accented with Platinum hardware. (My favorite accent on a bamboo pen). Sanded and buffed smooth, and finished with friction polish. The platinum hardware is unmatched in durability to make this pen all but bulletproof. (with a subtle grassy smell)

This was the 2nd Bamboo pen I turned this week. The first was going to have a simple diagonal between the two different tones/grains of bamboo… but it had an empty pocket that was a bit too large to fill with superglue and dust, so I cut it off the pen tube, drilled another blank (sanded/turned off the glue ever so gently from the used tube (we woodworkers are a frugal lot eh?)... and prepped this blank.

Turning the first was a piece of cake, but where the end grain tapers to a point, exhibited a bit of tear out along the glue line, especially at the point where it tapered to a very thin point. Stopping about 1/16th or so (possibly less) larger than the final diameter of this pen, slathered it with superglue (waited, waited and waited for it to dry) and then turned/sanded it down to the final dia. worked perfectly to hold even the tiniest fibers together.

Now how did I get such a precise, angled glue line you might ask?

I didn’t. I cut this blank (and at least 30 others) out of a cutting board I picked up at a discount kitchen/home goods store for about $10. That just happened to be the design, a curved section of end grain on one corner of the board. No way I’m buying blanks for 3-5 each, if I can get so many for so cheap from a rejected cutting board. I like to check out the bargain rack to see if I can get any raw materials from damaged or otherwise heavily discounted items that are likely headed for the landfill. I can recycle the stuff I have, or buy stuff solely for that purpose!

This is the 24th item in my 30 day project/challenge
& auction.

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

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#1 posted 11-25-2008 06:01 AM

Very Classy Pen. A nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 11-25-2008 06:14 AM

great looking pen, nice work scott.
I really like the contrasting colors.

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#3 posted 11-25-2008 06:17 AM

Scott, this is a fantastic pen, one of the nicest I’ve seen. You’re right, the bamboo does pair very well with the platinum and the finish is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#4 posted 11-25-2008 07:12 AM

wow…i really love this one!!! its interesting seeing it with the clip as well….i do like the clip!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 11-25-2008 07:49 AM

That is a unique looking pen. I like it. It wants you to pick it up and try it out. Very inviting.


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#6 posted 11-25-2008 11:50 AM

Another stunner. I am very impressed.

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#7 posted 11-25-2008 02:40 PM

Great looking pen, Scott. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 11-25-2008 03:19 PM

Gorgeous pen. It “turned” out nice…. :)

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#9 posted 11-25-2008 04:44 PM

That is beautiful… wow

-- Festool4

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#10 posted 11-29-2008 07:09 AM

I love this! Great vision for a turning!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 02-04-2010 02:21 AM

hey just to let you know, you can go to like a floor place, and find a piece of solid bamboo flooring, and say you’re interested, when my dad did that, he got me a whole piece maybe 3’ by 6”

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#12 posted 02-04-2010 04:00 AM

Very Cool Scott

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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