Texas Mesquite Pens

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Project by scottb posted 06-10-2009 03:20 AM 2645 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made one of these pens back in my 30 days challenge last November, and I think it was the first pen I sold.
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This is one of the few that I really didn’t want to see go, so I decided to turn another one for myself. Funny thing is that I’ve turned a few projects out of this mesquite, and every one has come out looking entirely different. Subtleties of grain, differences in color – such a great wood to turn, and a surprise every time.

The first pictures (same pen) show platinum hardware, the last is black titanium, (aka gun metal) with a platinum accent on the center band.

The latter was “sent back” to Texas. My nephew just graduated. The top one, found it’s way into my pocket. (I think gunmetal sounds much cooler than platinum to an 18 year old.) Both are incredibly durable, with regards to scratch and corrosion resistance. Sure to last a lifetime. The wood is pretty tough too.

The Black Titanium one was turned prior to this 30/30 challenge, but assembled in June, and hence is a “supplemental project” I’d have posted it the first week, but I couldn’t post it before I gifted it. I may turn another one to sell… (I do have a blank or two ready to go) but It won’t be either of these! Every once in a while, the artist has to hang on to one project or another.

This is the 9th project (and ?th supplemental project) in my 30 projects in 30 days challenge

cross posted on Facebook: B C Woodworking
other projects, for sale on Etsy: B C Woodworking

-- 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 06-10-2009 03:23 AM

very nice pen cool wood

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 06-10-2009 05:06 AM

Really nice job. Not only good for pens also good for barbque!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 05:21 AM

that mesquite has some very exciting grain!
great looking pen. I like the look of the black titanium hardware.

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 12:05 PM

Until I found LumberJocks, I figured Mesquite was only for adding flavor on the barbeque. Boy was I mistaken. Nice looking pen and really pretty wood.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 06-10-2009 07:48 PM

Great job. That’s a beautiful pen, and the figure in the wood makes me rethink Mesquite! I didn’t expect the great lines and tones.

-- Mark, Florida,

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