Segmented Twist Fountain Pen

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Project by darryl posted 01-17-2008 04:16 AM 5689 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I put about 8 hours into this pen so far. So imagine my disapointment when the cap blew out on me!

regardless of how it currently looks, this pen is truly one of my favorites. And I think it’s simply because of the challenge involved. There are 114 pieces that had to be worked into the blank used on the body of the pen. There were another 120 pieces in the blank used for the cap (probably shy of 100 left now!!).

and now there’s a new challenge before me… how to fix the cap and complete the pen.

this will be a keeper.

oh and here are the details.
I used maple, jatoba and walnut for woods.
I used a CA/BLO finish.
The kit is a classic american fountain pen.

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#1 posted 01-17-2008 04:26 AM

Very cool pen. Maybe make you a walnut sleeve to fit the blown out area.

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

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#2 posted 01-17-2008 04:28 AM

Interesting pen. Almost looks like pixels.

It would have to be a keeper unless you have a pen collector who would be willing to pay for all the time involved.

I applaude you. It’s like guys that do segmented bowl turning. I know when I have reached my limits and I wouldn’t even try it.

I’m still having problems getting the Celtic know down.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 01-17-2008 04:28 AM

Nice pen! I like the sleeve idea.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-17-2008 04:32 AM

that is beautiful!

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#5 posted 01-17-2008 04:47 AM

I think to give it some balance, I’m going to make a sleeve for the top and bottom of the cap and leave a center band of the segments. we’ll see how it goes.

thanks for the compliments. I do think anyone could do it with a little bit of patience.

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#6 posted 01-17-2008 04:53 AM

Cool pen, Darryl!

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

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#7 posted 01-17-2008 10:58 AM

Nice pen. I can hardly believe it.

-- Jiri

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#8 posted 01-17-2008 11:36 AM

That must have been a tremendous disappointment to suffer the blow-out. Good luck on the salvage, it’s a fine pen.

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#9 posted 01-17-2008 03:02 PM

I can’t say this enough—Great work Darryl.
... Ebony. Definitely ebony. That’d be the perfect compliment to the hardware.


-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 01-17-2008 04:18 PM

sharp pen Darryl. very cool. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 01-17-2008 06:36 PM

Before I saw your text I was thinking, “wow, a very high risk project”. I have trouble just turning laminated blocks. Great effort and patience required for this. Nice work.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#12 posted 01-17-2008 10:33 PM

Now thats what I call a challenge Darryl. The next one you make would make a great blog.

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

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#13 posted 01-18-2008 03:42 AM

Darryl, I still don’t think I want to attempt this but I just got the Winter issue of Woodturning Design and there was an article on how to make segmented pens. I had to check to see if you wrote it.

After learning the trick to making a segmented pen I can see why you say anyone with patience can make one.

I think it would still take more patience than I want to put into it.
If it takes me more than 5 minutes to make a pen I’m bored.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#14 posted 06-01-2010 11:36 PM

Darryl a thought.

If you had enough of the same pieces of wood left in the same with but say longer strips that you could match up to each piece and have ride out the rest of the length of the cap you need to fix. Like a pixel image but then the last row of block pixels just drag out and bleed down. Hope I’m explaining this right.

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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#15 posted 06-02-2010 01:07 AM

Wow all those little tiny pieces what a great pen.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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