Military Inlay Pens

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Project by Burb posted 12-20-2015 01:59 AM 795 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I actually turned a few pens today. Actually five. First time I’ve used the lathe in 6-8 months. I was fun to turn again even though I reaffirmed my beginner status!!! Several months ago, I purchased several military inlay kits from Wood-n-Whimsies. I really like their stuff and their customer service is top notch. And since they are actually local to me, I have stopped in on many occasions and was provided great service and hands-on training. Tim’s a great instructor. After watching their YouTube video today on turning inlays several times, I decided to give it a go.

I had actually been wanting to turn a pen for a buddy who I served with that retired as a E-7 First Sergeant this past year,. I’ve also been wanting to turn a pen for a good friend that’s a Chief Master Sergeant and the current career field manager for my old AFSC (MOS). She’s a great lady who I told back when we were SSgt’s together that she’d be a Chief someday.

I figured since I wanted to turn these pens, I’d also turn one for my brother who retired from the USAF several years ago as well as my BIL who was a Marine (I don’t hold it against him) during Desert Storm.

The 5th pen I made is for myself because I wanted it :laughing: I thought it’d be nice to have a USAF pen on my desk at work, though I doubt I’ll use it much.

-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

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#1 posted 12-20-2015 08:35 AM

These are great! Where’d you get your inlay blanks? I get asked all the time if I can put Chief or Master stripes on a pen and so far I’ve only had mild success with a sticker and a bunch of CA…

Edit: never mind… I see it now.

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#2 posted 12-20-2015 05:53 PM

I thought I’d include the link to their site. Wood-n-Whimsies offers several military inlay blanks. They are great to work with. And if you’re looking for a specific inlay, let them know. They keep track of specific requests and use that to decide on new inlays to sign. Tracy (co-owner) designs & cuts all inlays herself.

Good luck!!

-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

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#3 posted 10-31-2016 12:44 PM

What a wonderful set of pens. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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