Challenge 391, Cherry Burl Pen

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Project by kenn posted 12-09-2008 06:49 AM 1723 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my response to Karson’s challenge to make a pen from the cherry burl he found in his driveway one day. If you haven’t seen this, here’s the link to him having the burl sliced . Anyway, I have been eagerly awaiting the pen swap box because I really wanted to see this cherry burl. I picked out a piece that I thought I could make into a gentleman’s pen. This little beauty is for my own personal use and I was looking forward to making it. The last burl I had attempted, I blew apart so I wanted to be extra careful with this one. I cut it to length and then flowed thin CA glue everywhere. Here I am drilling the blank.

Next up was some very careful turning with freshly sharpen tools.

Once I had roughed the blank down a bit, I flowed CA glue over the whole thing again. Here it is ready for finish.

This picture is a little blurry, but here it is still on the lathe with one coat of friction polish.

I was so excited that this little baby turned out so well. Of course it should darken a bit over the next couple of months but I know it will make paying all of those bills a little easier when I am holding such a pretty piece of wood in my hand.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 12-09-2008 07:03 AM

Great job. Nice looking wood where did you get it? You need to all a tag of challenge391.

-- 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 12-09-2008 07:09 AM

Great result Ken. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 12-09-2008 02:46 PM

encouraged to see one survive the process… a few of those blanks look intimidating

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

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#4 posted 12-09-2008 03:33 PM

Thanks for this posting, you turned a very nice pen. I am still about four Jocks away from getting the box.

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#5 posted 12-09-2008 05:33 PM

Hi Ken,

Cool. Do you get special little pen blank chucks—is that what the metal on the drive end is?

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#6 posted 12-10-2008 06:48 AM

Hey Chuck, you use a pen mandrel that friction fits into your headstock. They are about $20 at Woodcraft. Then the metal bushing for the particular pen kit you are using fits on the mandrel rod with the wood blanks, next thing you know you’ve made a pen.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#7 posted 03-30-2009 05:14 AM

I missed this until now, what a great looking pen. Excellent kit choice on this one Kenn.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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