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Finally, my photo studio has been set up so I can show off my workmanship!

I would love to know what you think! Do you have any favorites? If you like playing the “put in order of favorites” game, that would be fun to know how you’d order them (or top 3!).

It’s a shame that the natural chatoyance that Acacia gives off doesn’t show up in the pictures, but even my “plain ol’ #1” pen glimmers and shimmers when held in your hand and turned under the light. Acacia is really nice wood!

One other comment: the resin pen actually looks nicer in the picture. The problem we discovered is that the seeds would pop out and leave voids and the filled voids don’t look great. We planned on a non-painted tube, which worked out nicely but in hindsight, we really should have packed the grass in as tight as possible. It’s just not dense enough.

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy





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Roger Gaborski

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#1 posted 09-12-2017 05:57 PM

Very nice pens.
10,9 and 4

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.rogergaborski.com

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Arlin Eastman

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#2 posted 09-12-2017 06:19 PM

I really like the looks of all of them. I can not enlarge it to see fit and finish so this I will give a few suggestions

Turn the pen blank to within a sixteenth and then sand to the correct size.

A long time ago I sanded to the bushings and still had either a little wood left or to little. Not every kit is Exactly the size given.

1. Measure the parts that come in contact with the wood with a digital caliper and record the info.
2. When you get about .015 of the desired size sand until you get to the exact measurement. It will be perfect every time.

I did about 400 pens before someone told me about this trick and then I have done 500 more and have taught other disabled vets like me how to turn pens and that has been over 2000 of them.
I can never keep up with the demand of them wanting to turn more pens which is good for them and their mental stability.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> http://www.gofundme.com/m1abko.....It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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sfhipchick

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#3 posted 09-12-2017 06:38 PM



Very nice pens.
10,9 and 4

- Roger Gaborski

Thanks Roger! :) The resin pen has some metallic in the resin so it’s a bit pearly too. The olivewood pen has a warm, silky appearance, I like it too. Understated elegance to that wood! And the manzanita with the worm holes is really fun because I chose the wood on our property and made it into the pen…it is a nice feeling to have made something that was just laying on the ground! :)

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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sfhipchick

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#4 posted 09-12-2017 06:42 PM



I really like the looks of all of them. I can not enlarge it to see fit and finish so this I will give a few suggestions

Turn the pen blank to within a sixteenth and then sand to the correct size.

A long time ago I sanded to the bushings and still had either a little wood left or to little. Not every kit is Exactly the size given.

1. Measure the parts that come in contact with the wood with a digital caliper and record the info.
2. When you get about .015 of the desired size sand until you get to the exact measurement. It will be perfect every time.

I did about 400 pens before someone told me about this trick and then I have done 500 more and have taught other disabled vets like me how to turn pens and that has been over 2000 of them.
I can never keep up with the demand of them wanting to turn more pens which is good for them and their mental stability.

- Arlin Eastman

Thanks Arlin! I really appreciate your advice. Your tips will help me a lot, as I’ve encountered the issues that you’ve mentioned: just a tiny bit too much or too little wood at the meeting of the kit and wood. Very annoying. On my own I stop turning shy of the bushing and sand down to the bushings which really has helped a lot. I’ve discovered that it’s very important to keep in mind that different woods and materials will sand faster or slower depending on the density so I take it easy…I’ve sanded too far before, and that’s just such a bother! :P

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 09-13-2017 02:59 AM

Good set of pens for first time!!

Something to note. Bushings wear down over time and also cause under sizing issues. Caliper each one and record. As they wear down paint them and use them as spacers instead of the guides. A cheap HF caliper will suffice but for this particular tool I upgraded slightly and got a better one. Those small Altoids boxes make good containers for your spacers.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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playingwithmywood

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#6 posted 09-13-2017 05:29 AM

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW that is some really really really really really really really really really really nice work …. would love to know more about that grass blank

I see you got a plywood to work out

did you ever try epoxy to glue the tubes and did that work out better

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sfhipchick

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#7 posted 09-13-2017 06:31 AM



Good set of pens for first time!!

Something to note. Bushings wear down over time and also cause under sizing issues. Caliper each one and record. As they wear down paint them and use them as spacers instead of the guides. A cheap HF caliper will suffice but for this particular tool I upgraded slightly and got a better one. Those small Altoids boxes make good containers for your spacers.

- woodbutcherbynight

Wow, that’s really good advice too. I actually have some 7mm bushings that I don’t like to use next to the blanks because stupidly they were coated in black…and it comes off and adheres to the blank…I discovered that on the first pen, and now I only use them as spacers. I have 4 other bushings which I’ve been using next to the blanks and I try not to sand the bushings but it’s just not possible to keep off them to some extent. I think I need to get a bunch of them and do exactly what you suggested. I worry about their diameters being compromised.

We have some really nice calipers so I’ll start using it! :)

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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sfhipchick

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#8 posted 09-13-2017 06:54 AM



WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW that is some really really really really really really really really really really nice work …. would love to know more about that grass blank

I see you got a plywood to work out

did you ever try epoxy to glue the tubes and did that work out better

- playingwithmywood

Hi there! :D Thank you so much for your boisterous response to my pens! You totally made my day! :D I think I’ll just roll around and purr for a while! :D

The grass blank: well, we gathered up some interesting grasses and this one was the first experiment. It ultimately isn’t good enough because the grass wasn’t stuffed into the mold tightly enough and so you can see a lot more of the resin than we were hoping for. The resin is Alumilite and we colored it with red + yellow dye and then mixed in a bit of gold metallic powder. We should have used a bit more metallic—you can see it but it’s just a bit too subtle. The color is good…we wanted it to be fairly translucent, and thus, the tube was intentionally left unpainted. Anyway, the result is nice but not great. The pen is interesting and it’s pretty but upon close inspection it leaves you wishing it was a little better. Still we’re really happy that it wasn’t a total failure! :)

The plywood pen did indeed turn out! It’s just the coolest thing…and part of that is the fact that it’s PLYWOOD, isn’t that silly?! How can something so boring make such a pretty pen?! :) I will say there was a lot of learning on that pen. First: don’t use plywood that isn’t high grade because the voids will ruin your day. In the end, the original half blew up. Wisely, I decided to stabilize two more halves just in case there were more voids to throw a wrench in the works. As it turned out, the first one I turned DID have a void and it went all the way down to the tube. I experimented by filling with sawdust and CA but it didn’t look good so it did a Superman into the garbage can. The second half ALSO had a void, but I just managed to turn past it!! HAPPY DAY!! It is apparent that the two halves are from different pieces of wood, but you really have to be studying both sides and in the end, they are close enough. I was so delighted that I could complete the pen and it turned out much better than I’d hoped. It’s a crowd-pleaser too…Steve took it to his work and everyone loved it. LOL…a plywood pen…belle of the ball. LOL!!

Finally, YES on the Epoxy! It’s the only thing I use now for my tubes. My husband used CA when he turned a pen and what do you suppose happened? LOL…I know that CA works just fine most of the time but it’s no fun when it doesn’t hold. His blank was Wenge and it’s oily. I told him he might want to use epoxy because of that but he tried it anyway…and had to reglue the tubes. He used CA to reglue because he didn’t want to wait for the epoxy to set, and thankfully it turned out alright in the end. I’m happy doing all of the blank prep work and tube gluing in a mass of blanks so that when I’m ready to turn, all I have to do is reach for a set and it’s ready to go.

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 09-13-2017 03:06 PM

This is a fine collection of pens. Nice work! Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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pottz

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#10 posted 09-13-2017 03:10 PM

yeah nice work for your first pens i think there all pretty nice.ive made several hundred over the years myself and there always fun to make.if you really want to get into pen making a better place to learn would be on IAP international association of pen turners,much more in depth than you’ll find here.in can be a good ol boys club though.let me say welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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papadan

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#11 posted 09-13-2017 03:20 PM

Nice work HipChick, 8 9 10 are a little thick, but not near as much as most first timers. Well done!

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sfhipchick

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#12 posted 09-13-2017 03:51 PM



This is a fine collection of pens. Nice work! Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thank you so much, Charles! :) It’s nice to be turning pens again…I am trying hard to get my method down to a science! :)

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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sfhipchick

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#13 posted 09-13-2017 03:56 PM



yeah nice work for your first pens i think there all pretty nice.ive made several hundred over the years myself and there always fun to make.if you really want to get into pen making a better place to learn would be on IAP international association of pen turners,much more in depth than you ll find here.in can be a good ol boys club though.let me say welcome to lumber jocks.

- pottz

Hi Pottz! Yeah, my picture is small enough that it’s easy to miss my comment that I had an 8-yr break between turning pens, so I have about 20+ or so under my belt before these.

I am, indeed, a member at IAP but they don’t have a personalized area for blogging etc., so I am there and here. This is a nice place to write about my progress and so forth. Over there I make comments and post once in a while. Totally different feeling in both places. I would say that it’s definitely got the feeling of a ship run by the very experienced, but that’s nice too. I appreciate the advice I am getting there and here…twice the advice is twice as nice! :)

I’d love to know what you do for finishing your pens! Everyone has their own system, but I’m most interested in knowing what people are doing who produce hundreds of pens.

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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sfhipchick

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#14 posted 09-13-2017 04:00 PM



Nice work HipChick, 8 9 10 are a little thick, but not near as much as most first timers. Well done!

- papadan

Thanks Papadan! I love Slimlines because you can choose to make them whatever thickness you like…and I also don’t prefer a totally-turned-down slimline without any curve, so I always give my pens some shape. My graphic is small enough that it’s easy to miss my comment that I turned pens before, I had an 8 yr break…and some of my original pens were REALLY thick, just to see how they would look. Some were neat, others, not so much. It’s fun to play with the dimension! :)

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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pottz

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#15 posted 09-13-2017 04:00 PM

i havnt done a lot of pen turning lately but my favorite method of finishing was with ca glue,very fast and durable.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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