|Project by LittleBlackDuck||posted 07-01-2016 11:33 AM||1608 views||0 times favorited||20 comments|
I was born the son of a Hungarian fern cutter, not long after Abraham mushed the animals onto the arc. Unfortunately I had a poor upbringing as there were no ferns in Hungary and the welfare system back then was badly in need of political correction.
When we escaped across the border in 1956 during the revolution , I was still an innocent incorruptible little white gosling, the Russian border patrol decided to use us as target practice and take pot shots at us. While ducking bullets, I swore (didn’t know cuss words back then) that if I ever survive, I will become a pen maker. A few years later in 2009 I was at a timber demonstration and saw a bloke making pens and my lifelong vow came rushing back to me and I thought that taking up the challenge of pens was not as cumbersome to manipulate as custom built furniture at my newfound age.
Since that epiphany, I have always been keen to make pens, however, there is not a great distribution hierarchy in Churchill and kangaroos are yet to learn to write, so I put my lathe into mothballs and took up T&J toy making.
I have never forgotten my roots and always keep an eye out for new pen designs and quickly snap up any new releases just for my edification and use in one of the missus 8 hands.
The latest offering was a Motorcycle kit which spurred me on when htl mentioned his old aching biker bones. I got out my calculator and slowly I added 2 and 2 up and got 4 (even for large values of 2) and decided to turn one up, if not to ease his pain but make him reminisce.
Actually I had to turn 2 up (a good Aussie Anzac day game), as LumberJocks is about timber and not antler.
I always make up my first pen sample out of Black Palm as that way there is little confusion on the timber and prospective buyers can concentrate on the style of the pen. I then make one from the timber, plastic, buffalo horn, antler, snakeskin, computer CB , etc… of the “customer’s” choice (and unfortunately I have far too many choices and that makes WEB advertising difficult), or just sell the Black Palm for a greatly reduced sack of gold. Now taking a tangent to the pen build, I just cannot picture a Hell’s Angel astride a Black Palm but certainly a hog (hence the title). Now not having pig bones in my fridge I fool myself into thinking that the stag that the antler came from was killed by a feral sabre toothed boar which sort of justifies my choice of antler.
I turned up the antler and just to keep it LJ friendly turned up a timber Black Palm skin to appease the critics. The Black Palm skin is now available in case there is a trainee Hell’s Angels rookie, still learning to master a motor scooter, who may need a writing implement to forge his parents’ signatures. The Black Palm can be spotted lurking around naked in some of the pictures if you look really close.
Sorry guys, I wanted to take a heap more photos with my brand new camera, but seeing as how it’s still in the box… here’s a picture of the box…
-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD