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Project by Gary posted 08-16-2007 05:05 AM 1762 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

NB: I did NOT make this blank.

Of the pens sold last month, one was a cross inlay blank made by Eagle.
Not the same wood, but this is tonight’s output:

Gold Titanium Jr. Gent II dressed in Curly Sycamore, Bloodwood, and Holly Cross Inlay.

Finish is MM, CA, Walnut Oil, CA, MM wet sanded thru to 12000, and Plastic Polish.

-- Gary, Florida

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#1 posted 08-16-2007 06:24 AM

Ok, but now you’ve got me thinking how to make blanks like that. Nice pen.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 08-16-2007 07:17 AM

Those inlay blanks are awesome. Do you mind letting us in on the source? I’m not familiar with “Eagle.”

Great pen!


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 08-16-2007 05:55 PM

that came out beautiful Gary. I’d be afraid of screwing up Eagle’s hard work!

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#4 posted 08-16-2007 05:58 PM


I’d gotten a number of different Cross blanks from Eagle and haven’t made time to make my own yet.
You’ll figure it out—think jigs, safety and repeatability.

Eagle is friend of mine and many other folks; he makes some phenomenal pen blanks and pens.
You can see his work in numerous places; folks on IAP and TPS sometimes post pens made from his
blanks. He’s active on

His “Feathers” pen recently sold for $400.00 at the D.C. Pen Show. Personally, I think it was underpriced.

Send me your email addy and I’ll have Eagle get in touch with you.


-- Gary, Florida

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#5 posted 08-16-2007 08:20 PM

Hi Darryl,

i didn’t see your post up when I replied earlier. Enjoying your vacation I hope…
You wouldn’t screw it up. Remember the YinYang inlay pen. Same concept.

Take a scrap of the Sapelle I sent last year; put it between centers and turn a 3/8” cylinder with a skew.
Measure with Calipers to determine that it’s 3/8”. Go slow, take your time.
Don’t use any other tools—just the skew. Practice til there’s no tearout.
Now, drill a 3/8” hole in a square-ish Cigar pen upper blank of maple about 1/4” deep.
Slice of a 5/16” long piece of the cylinder—use a backsaw, that’s safe and easy.
Drop some CA in the bottom of the hole, and stuff the cylinder offcut all the way down into the hole.
Drizzle some CA over the piece and the inlay.
Drill and turn as normal—that’s 1/3 of the way to such a pen.

It’s like Nike says, “Just do it!”

-- Gary, Florida

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