391XChallenge Pen

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Project by Karson posted 05-22-2009 10:57 PM 1217 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I set up the 391Challenge it was meant for those members of pen trade 3 to make a pen from the Cherry Burl that I provided to each member of the trade.

I told others who wanted to make a pen and didn’t have the official blank that they could enter a pen in the 391Xchallenge category. Those are extra pens that wanted to be linked together.

Here is my entry into the 391XChallenge category.

This pen is made from Desert Ironwood from the desert in Arizona. These trees are not suppose to be cut down any more. If they are dead then they can be harvested but my understanding is that you need a Federal Permit in order to retrieve the wood. I believe that you can get the same wood from Mexico. (I’ve got a carving that my daughter brought back of a Dolphin carved out of Desert Ironwood.

The wood is beautiful and takes a great polish.

I got this wood in a trade with some of my exotics for some of his Desert Ironwood. I got a large Flat rate box of Ironwood. I also have some that I got years ago when I bought a small log and cut it up into pieces myself.

My 391Challenge Pen.

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My 391BChallenge Pen.

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-- 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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#1 posted 05-22-2009 11:14 PM

Some excellent wood, Karson. I think I’ve got a blank or two that I’ve had for a while and looks like I need to turn it.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#2 posted 05-22-2009 11:29 PM

Another beauty, Karson!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-23-2009 12:01 AM

Hey Karson that bed it’s laying in looks just like the weed the Drs. gave me for the cancer treatment. Nice pen though. Just kiddin.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 05-23-2009 01:15 AM

Mike I’ll send you a bag if you want. It’s a combination of Oak, Maple, Cherry “Weed”. I’ve got a lot of it.

-- 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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#5 posted 05-23-2009 01:39 AM

another nice pen looks good

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 05-23-2009 01:56 AM

fantastic pen. I do so love the desert ironwood.

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

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#7 posted 05-23-2009 02:41 AM

Great looking pen

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#8 posted 05-23-2009 02:49 AM

Karson, great job on the pens. I really like the finish. You could glue all that sawdust together and make another pen!

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#9 posted 05-23-2009 07:20 PM

Another beauty karson.

And it’s just like you to share your “weed” with Mike!!!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 05-25-2009 11:16 PM

this one is really pretty…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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