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Barnboard Pen (Pen #7)

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 07-03-2009 11:19 PM 1746 views 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

July 2/09

After making a pen for my brother, using wood from our great-grandfather’s barn, I just had to make one for myself because of the sentimental value.

My Brother’s Pen
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My Pen
  • Pen Kit: Sierra (purchased from Lee Valley Tools)
  • Wood: Barnboard from my great-grandfather’s barn
  • Stain: made from wood ashes from our fire pit (perhaps a little more of the barnboard)

I used wood ashes to colour the pen because I wanted it to have the appearance of old grey boards. To get the stain, I just crushed some ashes in a bit of water and then put some of the liquid mush on a cloth and applied it to the wood. I think it turned out well. (and the ashes were from a Bonfire Breakfast where our family gets together for bacon and eggs cooked over the open fire – another sentimental addition to the pen)

Oh.. and I used wood hardener (that I bought at our local Home Hardware store) and it worked well. The first pen was like cutting melted butter!

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





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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 07-03-2009 11:23 PM

I just have to love any pen made from barn wood! Coming from great grandads just makes it perfect.

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#2 posted 07-03-2009 11:28 PM

thanks Dennis. I think it is pretty special.

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

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#3 posted 07-03-2009 11:34 PM

Debbie

I love the use of ash to stain the barn wood looks so cool …...

Do you know the age of the barnwood

Andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#4 posted 07-04-2009 12:27 AM

looking good Debbie as always well done regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 07-04-2009 12:28 AM

Debbie Very nice. And great use of Ash in the coloring.

-- 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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#6 posted 07-04-2009 12:32 AM

how old is the wood? No idea really—old. :)

thanks everyone for the kind words.

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

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#7 posted 07-04-2009 12:36 AM

Debbie i was just wandering if the age had any affect on the way it was to turn thats all thinking that obveriously with age the hardness maybe a factor …........

Andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 07-04-2009 12:43 AM

I’m guessing 120+ years old.

The first pen was really really really soft.

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

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#9 posted 07-04-2009 12:44 AM

Great work on the pens Debbie, an immediate family heirloom that I’m sure will be cherished for a long time to come.

-- -Jon

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#10 posted 07-04-2009 12:52 AM

Now that interesting i always thought that the older the wood the harder it gets see thats why this is the best site in vertual world i learned something today thank you debbie

Andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#11 posted 07-04-2009 12:52 AM

thanks :)
I guess I’ll have to make some type of pen holder that describes the wood so it will always be remembered.

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

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#12 posted 07-04-2009 01:03 AM

Maybe you could make a nice case to go with the pen using the wood ash finish on the case that would complyment the pen so well…........

andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#13 posted 07-04-2009 01:10 AM

the trick is being able to make the box! :)

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

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#14 posted 07-04-2009 01:21 AM

Debbie we all seen your skills case you can do blindfolded lol ;)

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#15 posted 07-04-2009 01:21 AM

Great looking pen , interesting why you came up with the finish . I think you pulled of that old weathered barn board look .

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