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Project by Karson posted 1258 days ago 1272 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †





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rustfever

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#1 posted 1258 days ago

Beati-Mus! Fran-Tas-Tix!
I am impressed with your ability to bring out the fine grain. However, I thought that chunk had some ‘Birds-Eye’ or burl. I have a little bit more of that wood. I will check it out and see what is inside.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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dustyal

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#2 posted 1258 days ago

Draw my number! Draw my number! Really nice, Karson.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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sedcokid

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#3 posted 1258 days ago

Karson,

Nice work!! I like the wood and finish a bunch…. I never thought about asking some of my buddies that live in the southwest in the winter to bring back some native (to that area) wood.

Thanks for sharing…

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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DaddyZ

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#4 posted 1258 days ago

Beautiful !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Dez

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#5 posted 1258 days ago

It seems that most of these hardwood trees and bushes are hard and dense with tight grain and beautiful color and character. Nice looking pen!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1258 days ago

Nice work Karson. As always, for a good cause. You and my wife must have more community service hours than anybody else in the world!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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jack1

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#7 posted 1258 days ago

nice looking wood and work.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Howie

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#8 posted 1258 days ago

Cannot say as I have ever heard of that particular wood but it looks nice. Good job.

-- Life is good.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 1257 days ago

Great job buddy.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Grumpy

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#10 posted 1249 days ago

Interesting wood Karson.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Dan'um Style

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#11 posted 1248 days ago

good one Buddy

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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yarydoc

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#12 posted 1247 days ago

Nice pen Karson.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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dustyal

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#13 posted 1245 days ago

He did it… he actually drew my ticket stub and I am now the new proud owner of a desert holly pen created by Karson. It is in deed is a work of art.

I won’t be returning it under warranty due to that minor defect as reported by Karson—I’m still looking for it. I think I found it neatly camouflaged under the pen clip.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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Karson

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#14 posted 1245 days ago

Al Congratulations, Enjoy it. We had a great banquet.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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thiswoodshop

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#15 posted 1056 days ago

Nice pens

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" - www.thiswoodshop.com

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