Tru-Stone Navigator

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Project by Carrick_Bend posted 12-27-2010 01:40 AM 1256 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed this pen (and a number of others…) today. Figured with the snow holding us at the house, it’d be a good chance to do some turning. Cold as it was out there…I still turned 5 pens; with many breaks in between. This kit is a WC Platnium Navigator with a white jasper tru-stone blank.

This is my first tru-stone and was surprised at how easily I turned it. I sharpened my spindle gouge three times just to make sure I didn’t mess it up. The blank and the kit were Christmas presents from my wife.

I apologize for the pictures. Taken on an Apple Iphone 3G. Thanks for looking though.

-- Patrick, California

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 03:07 AM

Very nice pen. I’ve wondered about how well the tru-stone turns. Are there any cautions that you would suggest when turning tru-stone? Thanks for the post!

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 03:30 AM

Go slow with your turning. I turned it at 840 rpm. I kept my gouge sharp and everything went very well. I was quite surprised with the outcome. This is the first one I had done so I was very cautious. Good luck with it.

-- Patrick, California

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 03:51 AM

Nice looking pen!

I’ve made several with the TrueStone materal now and it’s been one of my favorites for how well it shines up during polising. And I think It’s a much more durable material for high-end pens that will outlast other acrlycs many times over.

Great job and keep up the good work!

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