LumberJocks

Barnboard Pen (Pen #7)

  • Advertise with us
Project by MsDebbieP posted 1847 days ago 1710 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
Click for details

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)





30 comments so far

View dennis mitchell's profile

dennis mitchell

3994 posts in 2912 days


#1 posted 1847 days ago

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

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 2758 days


#2 posted 1847 days ago

thanks Dennis. I think it is pretty special.

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

View pommy's profile

pommy

1697 posts in 2289 days


#3 posted 1847 days ago

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

View SCOTSMAN's profile

SCOTSMAN

5243 posts in 2183 days


#4 posted 1847 days ago

looking good Debbie as always well done regards Alistair

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

View Karson's profile

Karson

34853 posts in 2998 days


#5 posted 1847 days ago

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 †

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 2758 days


#6 posted 1847 days ago

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

thanks everyone for the kind words.

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

View pommy's profile

pommy

1697 posts in 2289 days


#7 posted 1847 days ago

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

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 2758 days


#8 posted 1847 days ago

I’m guessing 120+ years old.

The first pen was really really really soft.

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

View JMG's profile

JMG

45 posts in 1847 days


#9 posted 1847 days ago

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

-- -Jon

View pommy's profile

pommy

1697 posts in 2289 days


#10 posted 1847 days ago

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

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 2758 days


#11 posted 1847 days ago

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)

View pommy's profile

pommy

1697 posts in 2289 days


#12 posted 1847 days ago

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

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 2758 days


#13 posted 1847 days ago

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

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

View pommy's profile

pommy

1697 posts in 2289 days


#14 posted 1847 days ago

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

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

View JerryS's profile

JerryS

219 posts in 2208 days


#15 posted 1847 days ago

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

showing 1 through 15 of 30 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase