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Pens 2 & 3 (391 Challenge)

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 06-21-2009 01:26 AM 1386 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June 20/09

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!

PEN 2
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
Pen Kit
  • Sierra Ballpoint

Photo #4
The Challenge Pen displayed in the beautiful boxhttp://lumberjocks.com/projects/1927 that I received from Douglas. Thanks again to Douglas for this box that I treasure.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)





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Karson

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#1 posted 06-21-2009 01:30 AM

Debbie: Suberb. Great , wonderful. Glad you are picking a bunch of new skills.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 06-21-2009 01:31 AM

thanks Karson—really, thanks!
that was very kind of you to send me the wood and to “force” me to challenge myself (again) :)

It was a very rewarding afternoon.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Karson

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#3 posted 06-21-2009 01:40 AM

I’m glad that I’m able to force you to stretch

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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jeffthewoodwacker

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#4 posted 06-21-2009 01:42 AM

Debbie, nice job on your first pens. You will find that pen turning is additive. By the time you have turned your 100th pen you will be a real pro!

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

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#5 posted 06-21-2009 02:14 AM

Wow this pen is knock dead gorgeous

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Karson

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#6 posted 06-21-2009 02:43 AM

Some great additional photos. Nice box Douglas.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Allison

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#7 posted 06-21-2009 03:08 AM

Beautiful. How nice of Karson to do that for you. LJ’s is such an awesome site. Keep up the great work. Are you totally addicted yet?

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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Karson

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#8 posted 06-21-2009 03:15 AM

You ready to get into pens Allison?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 06-21-2009 03:17 AM

not addicted yet.

(chuckling at Karson’s innocent sounding question—- evil, I tell you, evil—hooking in another unsuspecting LumberJock…. )
haha

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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cabinetmaster

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#10 posted 06-21-2009 03:29 AM

Really a nice job MsDebbie. Those pens look very nice especially the 391 challenge pen. You’ll be a pro before long…..............lol

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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dlcarver

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#11 posted 06-21-2009 03:33 AM

MsDebbie:
Fabulous!!! GREAT JOB!
DAVE

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,http://dlcarver.etsy.com

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 06-21-2009 03:35 AM

thanks everyone :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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kenn

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

Well done, you put a smile on my face tonight. Allison had better watch out or she’ll be using all those little 5” scraps that she was getting rid of. Karson’s challenge was a lot ot of fun and a bit difficult, I guess that’s the idea.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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dustbunny

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#14 posted 06-21-2009 05:43 AM

Wow! Great looking pens. Although you say your not addicted, looks like your definitely hooked. Addiction to follow.
Keep up the great work,

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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James

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#15 posted 06-21-2009 06:26 AM

nice pens debbie, and hats off to karson for helping you out,

its always great to see people helping each other,

hope all is well

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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