Polaris matched set in Black and White Ebony

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Project by MarkWilk posted 10-30-2007 05:48 PM 1367 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This matched set will end up as a first edition. I built the pen version in early September, and it was one of my first pens. I have always loved the Faber Castel pens and pencils of this shape, so when I first started turing, I bought this kit among my first order to PennState.

The blank came from the discard bin at Woodcraft, so I bought about 4 pieces that all looked like Black Ebony. Imagine my surprise as I started turning to find such great swirls, grains, and figuring. It was a great treat. The finish is PPP low and high lustre, though I only sanded to 500 grit. I’m getting much better with finishes, now.

The newest addition is the pencil, which is also in Black and White Ebony on the same Satin Polaris kit. Unlike the Cigar pencil, this one works perfectly, and I expect to make quite a few of these kits. I’m already planning another matched set for a family member’s holiday gift.

I turned the basic shap to just proud of the bushing, then took it down with 220, 320, and 400 sand paper. I just bought Micro Mesh, so I’ve been experimenting. I used Micro Mesh to 6000 grit, and the pen practically sparkled without any finish. I used two coats of low lustre PPP, then finished with three coats of shellawax.

I’m pretty happy with this set. I may keep this one.

-- Mark, Florida,

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#1 posted 10-30-2007 05:54 PM

Oh yeah, I like those ones, Mark.

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

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#2 posted 10-30-2007 09:43 PM

You had to pay for “discarded” wood? That’s a bummer. These look great though!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#3 posted 10-30-2007 11:30 PM

I worked in a office before retiring and had a thing for pens and still today have about 100 around my desk. I would love to make pens but I don’t think I would give any away like the the ones above. There Keepers.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#4 posted 10-31-2007 05:09 AM

Very nice. One of my favorite pens. I like the satin look too.


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#5 posted 10-31-2007 05:20 AM

Great looking pen and pencil.

A keeper.

-- 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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#6 posted 10-31-2007 05:37 AM

Great work Mark. I like them alot.

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

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#7 posted 10-31-2007 06:52 AM

Nice pen and pencil set.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 10-31-2007 03:18 PM

Thanks for the comments. I really love the Polaris pen look and feel. Unfortunately, I’m having trouble with pencils. The pencil, which frankly turned out better than the pen, stopped working. It still has lead and turns, but the pencil mechanism just doesn’t want to advance the lead. Very strange. No more pencils for a while!

-- Mark, Florida,

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