Plum crazy

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Project by Gary posted 11-22-2007 11:37 PM 1165 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the post of my latest project, a pen display box, is the latest pen I’ve completed. This a challenge even though it’s not segmented or inlaid. I received a burl block from someone and it was full of cracks and inclusions that appeared similar to obsidian.
Having no idea what he’d sent, I cut a sliver off and started turning. I had to wear a full face-shield because the inclusions were sharp and hard, almost like glass in numerous cases. It looks and smells like cherry but we don’t usually get cherry from the west coast. I contacted the person who sent it to me and they informed me that it’s a plum burl. So, here’s a chrome cigar dressed in naturally occuring, inclusion-laden plum burl finished with MM, CA, and buffed out with a top coat of plastic polish.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#1 posted 11-22-2007 11:44 PM

Thats some wild looking wood. Congratulations on making such a fine pen.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 11-23-2007 12:12 AM

That came out nice, Gary.

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

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#4 posted 11-23-2007 01:09 AM

Nice looking burl wood. Great Pen.

-- 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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#5 posted 11-23-2007 02:57 AM

Really nice, I like that wood.


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#7 posted 11-23-2007 09:42 AM

That’s plum lovely. Great finish on it.

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

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#8 posted 11-25-2007 02:41 AM

Really sweet pen! Great job turning the plum burl. I’ve had similar experiences with sharp debris turing IPE Ironwood. It’s got fiber like rattan, but it stays razor sharp.

Great work!

-- Mark, Florida,

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#9 posted 11-25-2007 01:44 PM

Very nice!

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