360 Herringbone Designed Pens

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Project by LarryDNJR posted 08-11-2010 08:08 AM 5355 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some 360 Herringbone pens. I just recently learned how to do this from a tutorial after spending a few months on my own attempting to figure it out.

These all has some minor issues with gapping, glue buildup etc

The Atlas was my 3rd attempt and it has about 14 different woods in it. I’ll list them later when I write them down.

I believe these are the woods I used on the Atlas.

Buckeye Burl
Dyed Orange Curly Maple
Dyed Green Buckeye Burl

The Sierra with gold trim was my first with PurpleHeart, YellowHeart, Walnut and Maple.

The Sierra with platinum trim is 4th attempt, it has Bloodwood and Buckeye Burl

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 10:13 AM

Cool pen. Where did you see the tutorial?

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 10:35 AM

Really Nice Pen My Man!! You probably had trouble with it because that Bleedin’ Respirator was getting in the way!...LOL..

Good to see you back on Larry.


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 02:13 PM

Nice. I’d love to see that tutorial.


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#4 posted 08-11-2010 03:13 PM

Can you post info on the tutorial?



-- Mike, Illinois,

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 03:56 PM

Very nice pens, great job on selecting the woods, would love to see how you made the blank.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 05:08 PM

I asked the guy who originated the tutorial if it is ok to repost. I will let you guys know as soon as I find out.

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 12:20 AM

I talked with Darrin and he said it was ok to post this.

You might need a account to see the file. If you don’t have one contact me I’ll email it to whoever.

Also I found that for me it is easier to glue up the initial level then glue each piece on individually rather than make up the 2 sections of 3 pieces. This way I can keep it tighter and more level. Also I use triangles that have at least 1 90 degree angle. I do this after the initial base level using squares. This saves on wood for me and less waste in my opinion.

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 02:55 AM

Great looking pens… a general question… what type of pens are your favorite?



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#9 posted 08-12-2010 10:01 AM

Well I am big fan of cigars. Just recently started using Jr Gent II’s and I like those a-lot.

So far I’ve only made
Slimline (Nice for some applications)
Steamline/Toni Twist (Nice step up from the slimline)
European (Ok kit)
Classic American (Ok kit)
El Grande/Churchill (This one is nice sometimes it is larger but I feel to light weight for it’s size)
Sierra/Wall Street II (These look nice but I have issues with the transmission inside)
Atlas/Patriot (Nice because of the long tube to show more of the material)
Navigator/Sedona (Not a real fan of the kit, I feel cheap plastic threads on couplers)
Cigar (Favorite)
Jr Gentlemens II (Favorite)

Not sure if I’m forgetting any at least as for pens.

Also done Sketch/Artists pencils, the array of key chains, etc.

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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#10 posted 08-13-2010 06:25 PM

Hi Larry, very elegant pen !!
Thank you for the post & tutorial. I was able to dwnld directly

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 08-13-2010 08:52 PM

very cool, I want to make some of these!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#12 posted 08-14-2010 02:22 AM

LarryDNJR… thanks for the types of pens you make.



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#13 posted 08-31-2010 05:18 AM

Great looking pen, I spent many an evening trying to figure it out and eventually figured it out. I believe there is a tutorial for this on The American Association of Woodturners we forum.

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#14 posted 12-14-2010 11:31 AM

I’ve recently started turning segmented pens after 35 years of turning other segmented things but not even a pen. The reason was I thought pens were too small for lamination. Then I accepted the challenge. When I saw your pens for the first time, I felt I was well behind and there was new level of challenge.
They are all very nice and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#15 posted 12-17-2010 06:53 PM

I made one!! I had a hard time with the glue-up, the little pieces with my big fingers made it difficult!! once I had my blank glued up I drilled the hole and mounted it on the lathe. once I had it turned round, I realized my hole was slightly off center! I thought I was dead center, but I wasnt!!! the pieces are different size from one side to another. Ill have to be more careful next time!!! Oh well, another pen for my wife!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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