|Project by Karson||posted 11-09-2010 07:44 PM||1421 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
I got this piece of wood from a person who visited a friend of his that lives in the desert of California. They scrounge up wood ever so often. He send me a piece of Desert Holly . It had a split in it and I broke it apart at the split.
I was able to cut two pen blanks from the one slice. It looks like I’ll be able to get two additional blanks from this piece.
It was quite hard but easy to turn and sand. I used EEE Pen Polish after sanding to 2000 grit. I used Shellwax finish and then Renaissance wax.
This pen will be one of the door prizes for our annual Mason Dixon Woodworkers club holiday banquet. So someone will get one of the few Desert Holly pens in the world.
In the interest of being truthful under the pen clip is a small defect where the dark wood from the split is just at the surface of the pen. I didn’t want to turn it any smaller to get rid of the dark spot. But that’s what wood is, It’s a natural product, every piece is not flawless. But, every piece has character.
-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware firstname.lastname@example.org †