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Project by WayneC posted 2573 days ago 4095 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pen made from some wood gifted to me by BlueStingrayBoots. Thanks Boots. The wood is a joy to turn. This one was sanded to 3600 grit and finished with friction polish. The photos do not do the grain in the wood justice. I took photos of the process to turn this pen. Let me know if there is interest and I will make a blog post of the process and tools needed to turn a pen.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov





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Obi

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#1 posted 2573 days ago

Nice job, Buddy. Hey are you plannin on coming down anytime soon? Shop is totally different and still a mess. E-mail me if you are. (It’ll give me a little time to straighten up.)

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WayneC

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#2 posted 2573 days ago

Thanks Obi. I’ll check with SWMBO and see if she would like to make a run. She has a cousin in Turlock. Probably not this weekend given current commitments.

How are things going?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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PanamaJack

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#3 posted 2573 days ago

Smooth turnings Wayne!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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scottb

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#4 posted 2573 days ago

as if you need to ask if there’s any interest…

nice pen, I’ll see if I can make a twin – or fraternal cousin.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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David

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#5 posted 2573 days ago

Wayne -

Awesome pen. What is the wood species?

. . . any interest? . . . a blog?

Ditto scott’s comment! Of course a blog! And, well, as things go on LJ . . . well yes we will need and afternoon chat on pentuning and penmaking!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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WayneC

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#6 posted 2573 days ago

I belive this is a description of the tree this comes from – Pithecellobium ebano

http://nativeplantproject.tripod.com/texas_ebony.htm

Sounds like I should get working on the blog. Probably not tonight. Early morning meeting tomorrow.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 2573 days ago

Wayne, What’s the end lamination? Bloodwood?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Tony

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#8 posted 2573 days ago

Nice looking piece of wood – I wish I had the time to try my hand at that. Does the bloodwood darken with age and loose its vivid redness?

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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Bill

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#9 posted 2573 days ago

Nice pen Wayne. Looks like you have the knack of making pens.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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BlueStingrayBoots

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#10 posted 2573 days ago

Awesome Wayne! So can you please explain how I can make one? Thanks for the link, it describes this speices perfectly and it does has a coffee/tobbacco smell.
I have a G1067z lathe, I may need different pieces to hold blank.

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WayneC

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#11 posted 2573 days ago

The pen mandrels support a variety of lathes. MT #1, MT #2, shopsmith, etc…. I’m guessing your Grizzly Lathe is uses a MT #2 mandril.

http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/store/Pen_Making___Pen_Making_Tools___Pro_Pen_Mandrel___pro_mandrel?Args=

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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woodspar

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#12 posted 2573 days ago

Wayne, How do you hold the round wood on the bench? :-) and how do you sharpen the “pen” plane blade? :-)

-- John

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WayneC

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#13 posted 2572 days ago

: ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Bob Babcock

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#14 posted 2572 days ago

Really nice Wayne. I’d like to see a blog. Pens are on the one of these days list.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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BlueStingrayBoots

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#15 posted 2572 days ago

I need a demo Wayne, how many blanks will it cost me for you to produce, direct, edit and star in a 3 minute Movie?

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