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This week, following the posting of my first pen, Karson sent me some pen blanks to help me become addicted to turning pens. That was your goal, wasn’t it Karson? :)
Amongst the package of blanks were pieces of: birdseye maple and a piece for the 391 challenge. (photo #2)
I started with the maple because I really didn’t want to screw up the challenge wood. That would be very embarrassing!
The maple (bottom pen in the photo) went rather smoothly and I’m quite pleased with it.
PEN 3 – 391 CHALLENGE
The 391 Challenge—well, I thought the “challenge” was to have everyone make a pen from the same piece of wood. I didn’t realize that using the wood would be an extra challenge! At first I struggled with making those first cuts and then with getting it round. Fighting the process I was becoming a little frustrated. And then I started to feel the turning process—feel the change of the wood beneath the carving tool… and I realized that this “challenge” was a turning point (no pun intended) in my turning experience. With patience and a delicate hand I slowly turned the chunk of wood into a pen. (photo #3) I almost felt like I knew what I was doing!
And so I thank Karson for sending this wood (we won’t say what I first thought when he said that I now had to join the challenge!!) HAHA. Anyway… all is good.
I only have 2 sets left for making these Sierra pens. I will have to go shopping now to see what I want to do next!WOOD
- top pen: the 391 Challenge wood (I think it is cherry burl?)
- bottom: birds eye maple
- Sierra Ballpoint
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)