1st attempt at pens

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Project by groy87 posted 03-08-2011 08:17 PM 1330 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hate to discard any scrap piece of wood no mater how expensive or inexpensive it may be because every time I throw a piece out I end up finding the perfect project for it. So after a year of hoarding scrap pieces I decided to buy a pen mandrel and try my hand at pen making. The pen is made of spalted maple and the pencil is red gum burl. Both are finished using BLO and medium CA glue.

Let me know what you think.

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 08:21 PM

Nice job. the shape and proportions are right on.

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#3 posted 03-10-2011 07:26 AM

I would never have thought that this is your first pen. It looks great.

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#4 posted 03-16-2011 02:00 AM

Outstanding work for a first pen attempt!

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 04:07 PM

Thats awesome man. I love wooden pens. I like using them in class to take notes and getting jealous glances. haha. I also have the wood hoarding problem. haha. Thats why I started making the pendants, I just hated to throw pieces away. But those lookin good! Keep it up!

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 04:13 PM

Great work for a first pen. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 10-05-2011 04:21 PM

The wood hoarding is a universal trait for all LJ’s :). I’ve actually started sending some cutoffs to be cast in resin to make fusion pendant/pen blanks. Waste not want not.

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