Snakewood Pens

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Project by Karson posted 02-28-2010 at 09:24 AM 1440 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got in the mood to make a few pens.

I had (Wanted) to make 4 pens for people who helped in out 20” snow that happened a week or so ago.

One neighbor used his Bobcat to clear out the road in our subdivision,

Another neighbor used his bobcat to clear out my driveway.

A third neighbor used his pickup to pull me out of a stuck condition at the end of the subdivision, before all the snow was removed.

So I made them some pens.

A Big Leaf Maple burl pen, a Pink Ivory pen, A Mesquite Pen and a Texas Ebony pen. They were all given away before I took any pictures.

You just have to take my word on that.

While I was making them I found a couple of pieces of Snakewood that I had gotten as part of some scrap that I bought. (Snakewood scrap) I planed to use it as inlays etc. Anyway some of the pieces were big enough to be used for pens. The figure might not have been intense enough for the originator to keep and sell as pen blanks.

I made two pens and I’ll just keep them on my desk for a while.

They will probably disappear over time.

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

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 at 09:29 AM

I understand Karson. I have made whole bunch and I think the only one still around is a deer anter pen my wife carries in her purse. They disappear quickly.

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

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 at 09:34 AM

Good Stuff Karson! ! It has been said that neighbors are great as long as they don’t live next to you …. But I can clearly see this is not the case in your situation you have some great neighbors and I’m positive they really appreciate your pens..

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 at 09:37 AM

Nice pens!!

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

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 at 09:43 AM

seems like you need to join the crowd karson and get a bobcat…always nice to have good neighbors ….i love the pens..hadnt heard of snake wood…sure is nice looking…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 02-28-2010 at 09:44 AM

Nice! Yep, you have to take photos before the stuff leaves the house!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 at 09:50 AM

Great Looking Pens, Karson!


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

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#7 posted 02-28-2010 at 10:00 AM

you mean all I had to do was come over and dig some snow? like, you didn’t call? ha. As usual, beautiful work… and I suspect that your give away’s were better yet, if that is possible…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#8 posted 02-28-2010 at 10:05 AM

Nice job, buddy.

But then, that’s really no surprise.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 02-28-2010 at 10:11 AM

nice work , karson ,
and a great gesture .

that snakewood is awesome ,
and expensive !
all i could ever find were splits of it .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 02-28-2010 at 12:05 PM

i really like the wood! at first I was looking forward to a drink of Sake…(Sakewood Pens”)...

It needs to be said again…and again…Karson—-you are a good man!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 02-28-2010 at 01:16 PM

Matt: That was a great catch on the name. Spell checker didn’t catch it. I better look at my dictionary.

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

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#12 posted 02-28-2010 at 01:24 PM

Here’s some of my scrap pieces of snakewood.

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

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#13 posted 02-28-2010 at 03:23 PM

Nice job karson. Last year we had some snow but the tractor was behind the 5th wheel. My wife insisted I have it out front this year, but no snow, Too bad I’m not closer, maybe I could have gotten a pen too ;-)) I ‘m still waitin for some snow to clear!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 02-28-2010 at 05:09 PM

Good looking wood. Nice work.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#15 posted 03-01-2010 at 07:07 PM

Nice job Karson. Don’t worry we are sending you some warmer weather soon from down under. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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