An Experiment

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Project by Chris Wright posted 03-11-2010 10:50 PM 1947 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, this was a bit of an experiment. I’ve had this left over piece of maple that from stat to finish has been a joy to work with. Being green, it turned very well with little to no tear out, even with it being very figured. The wood started out almost white and difficult to see any of the grain, but once a finish is put on it, the figure really pops out and takes on a light brown and grey cast in areas. The real experiment with this piece though was the bark. After applying several “coats” of thin CA glue to soak in and secure everything, I cut the blank and there was a patch of bark about 2 inchs long on one side. I had hoped for a larger piece of bark remaining when I was finished turning, but had to settle with what you see here. I’m not disapointed though, I’m still thrilled with the results. Once rounded off, I used a skew to get the final shape, applied a little more thin CA glue (particularly at the bark) and finished it with friction polish.

I’ve got a little more of this wood left with the bark on it still, and I plan on doing a few more of these.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 04:49 AM

Super job. I like it. BZ

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 04:57 AM

if I may offer ine suggestion, I would use CA as the finish over the whole pen in the future…the friction polish will wear off eventually…the CA will last forever.


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#3 posted 03-12-2010 07:14 AM

Way cool pen.

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 02:37 PM

I agree with grub..hand acids will eat away the finish you chose & your maple will get dirty quickly. If you can’t accomplish a CA finish, next time try dipping your barrel in lacquer..that gives a pretty good finish.

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