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Just a few pens I turned last night to help with insomnia. Going from left to right, Bubinga, American Elm, leopardwood, Acrylic.

The Elm is from a small tree that was cut down in front of my home last year.

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





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-05-2015 04:04 PM

Very nice. Still something that I want to try someday.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-05-2015 04:08 PM

Thanks Monte. Whenever you do get around to it, be ready to get addicted. :)

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

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#3 posted 05-05-2015 04:36 PM

Looking good Tedster. Maybe do a “what you need to get started” on pen making blog. I am interested to try it as well.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#4 posted 05-05-2015 05:21 PM

Good looking pens, Ted. Night time is the best on the lathe!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 05-05-2015 05:37 PM

Not a “Lathe kinda guy” but the quality of your work looks awesome…Thanks for showing.

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#6 posted 05-05-2015 05:59 PM

Nice Ted. That snake wood looks awesome. Almost looks like carbon fiber.

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

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Ted

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#7 posted 05-05-2015 06:17 PM

mrjinx, that’s a good idea. If I get some time I just might do that. But in lieu of a blog for now, you might want to check out Chad Schimmel’s series of videos to help people get started.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8-dNrpM6tg&list=PL153D80D85DA86943

Jim, so true. Only problem is it does more to perpetuate insomnia than cure it. :)

glclark46, I’m admittedly very much a lathe kinda guy. While I do enjoy just about every kind of woodworking, turning projects are what I enjoy most. By the way, welcome to Lumber Jocks!

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

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#8 posted 05-05-2015 06:18 PM

Ted,
Those are great looking pens!!! For sure a wonderful job.

I could be wrong but I don’t think that is snake wood. see link for snake wood.
http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/snakewood/

I think you might have turned leopardwood.
http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/leopardwood/

Great fit and finish work you have done.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts

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#9 posted 05-05-2015 06:22 PM

these look really nice Ted!

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

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#10 posted 05-05-2015 06:23 PM

Thanks Bill, I also like the leopardwood a lot. Only problem is for some reason I can’t get a decent shine on it. I cleaned it with alcohol before finishing, sanded in both directions, used 5 coats of thin CA and polished to 20K grit with micro-mesh pads, but it still ends up looking flat and dull. Still a nice looking “satin finished” pen.

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

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#11 posted 05-05-2015 06:28 PM

Thanks Matt, I really enjoy making them.

James, thanks for pointing that out. I thought they were just two different names for the same wood. hmm…. now I have to get my hands on some snakewood. :D Post has been updated.

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

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#12 posted 05-06-2015 01:58 AM

More nice pens Ted, you sure have turning them mastered.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#13 posted 05-06-2015 03:00 AM

Nice job on all of them….

How does the acrylic turn, compared to wood???

-- 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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#14 posted 05-06-2015 04:57 AM

Beautifully turned pens, Ted! The elm has pretty grain. Might have to find some leopard wood. It’s really striking. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 05-06-2015 01:55 PM

Now your goal should be to see how many different kinds of wood you can turn into pens. I haven’t seen a mimosa pen yet.

And congrats on the Top 3

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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