Pens For My Sister And Her Husband

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Made these pens from Olive Wood that came from the Holy Land. My brother-in-law is a Deacon in the Catholic Church and has made several trips to this area of the world.

The pen kits and wood are from Craft Supplies USA. The pen boxes are made from walnut with wipe on poly. The box hardware is from- of all places- the Hobby Lobby. It took longer to make the boxes than it did to make the pens.

Thanks for looking.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 02-08-2010 07:30 PM

Fancy looking pens well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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Heidi Neely

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#2 posted 02-08-2010 08:59 PM

Nice job….I really like the fact that you actually made the boxes they go in too.

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#3 posted 02-08-2010 09:25 PM

Nice Job Lew, Like the fact that you are giving your brother in law something he will cherish. The boxes are a great touch as well. What finish did you you use on the pens?

‘The Sedco Kid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 02-08-2010 10:10 PM

They are really nice pens. I am sure they will enjoy them.

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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#5 posted 02-08-2010 10:13 PM

Real beauties

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 02-08-2010 10:18 PM

I have never knowingly used Olive wood.I have though noticed how nice it looks I have some cedar of lebanon what do you think of that for wood a bit plain perhaps compared with the olive .Anyway well done sir your a craftsman and no mistake.Kindest regards Alistair

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

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#7 posted 02-08-2010 11:01 PM

Any checking on the olive pieces? I have a bunch of European olive, and it splits like crazy.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#8 posted 02-09-2010 12:01 AM

Great job lew.
Those came out sharp!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#9 posted 02-09-2010 12:11 AM

Lew A great looking sdet of pens. And a very find looking box to keep them in.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 02-09-2010 02:38 AM

Thanks for all of the kind words!

Chuck- I tried the CA finish but it felt too “plastic” so I sanded it off and applied a couple of coats of Johnson’s Paste Furniture Wax. It has a really nice “feel”. The second one, I just put on the CA, let it dry, sanded and waxed.

Gary- The blanks were very stable- so far. Didn’t find any voids or cracks in the 5 I got from Craft Supplies USA.

Thanks again, everyone!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 02-09-2010 03:25 AM

I love olive wood…I am sure they love them…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 02-09-2010 03:28 AM

Nice. I have been to the Holy Land many times as well, and I am sure your brother-in-law will enjoy this gift.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#13 posted 02-09-2010 04:47 AM

Like the pens and the boxes. The boxes are a nice touch, Lew. Some day I am going to have to get into wood turning. The last time I turned something was about 54 years ago in Junior High School Shops. Still remember doing it, and remember my teacher. Alas, I don’t even have a lathe, but when my shop reorg is done, I am going to get one. Figure about 12 to 18 months from now. Then I will be extracting info from your brain…......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 02-09-2010 06:27 AM

They’re great. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#15 posted 02-11-2010 05:24 PM

Lew, have you got more details on the boxes? I’ve turned a few of the Holy Land Olive Wood pens and I love the smell that permeates the shop while turning it. I’d like to figure a way to bottle the smell as an air freshner.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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