Segmented Celtic Double Knot

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Project by darryl posted 01-29-2008 06:26 AM 2175 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After my last segmented pen, I thought this might be a cool design. I had a little discussion with my friend Gary about the wood species to use and this is what came of it.

The base wood of the pen is Sapele. The knot is created with 32 pieces of Maple and Cherry (16 of each). The finish is Russ Fairfield’s CA/BLO.

This pen is going to be part of a fundraiser for my daughter’s elementary school.

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#1 posted 01-29-2008 06:28 AM

Excellent fine work! Great pattern.

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

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#2 posted 01-29-2008 08:15 AM

Excellent job, not sure if I want to know how it’s done…. I’d have to try it too.

-- Scrollsawing - a hobby for those who can't cut a straight line.

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#3 posted 01-29-2008 12:00 PM

Looks great. It should do well as a fundraiser.

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#4 posted 01-29-2008 02:56 PM


-- Jiri

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#5 posted 01-29-2008 02:58 PM

This is a very nice pen. I really did not appreciate the effort that went into these until I started seeing the posts for them. I simply cannot imagine using 32 pieces to form only the knot. Like Joe I definitely don’t want to know how you did this because then I would be to intimidated to even try.

I am impressed.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 01-29-2008 03:09 PM

This is a nice looking pen. I really must dust off that old lathe in the shop and see if I can’t make it work. As always, the Jocks here are an inspiration.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 01-29-2008 04:19 PM

What a great looking pen. I turned my first pen this past weekend and The Woodworking Show in Atlanta and really want to do more of them. I do want to know how this is done, but first I better learn to turn the simpler pens!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#8 posted 01-29-2008 04:25 PM

That looks great, Darryl! I’m still highly motivated to try one of these. I have, literally, a toolbox full of pen blanks and kits, so there is no excuse. That is really a great design.

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

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#9 posted 01-29-2008 07:58 PM

Superb! I’m glad to see the last photo. It shows of the actual color better than the first two.
Great job all around.


-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 04-06-2008 10:03 PM

Great pen Darryl, a LOT of work, would love to see a blog on how you did it – if you want to share, but understand if you want to keep it secret !

But if I can ask, what was the name of the pen kit?

Thanks again for posting

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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#11 posted 05-11-2008 08:23 PM

WOW!! How do you guys do this??

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 05-13-2008 12:36 AM

kind of like magic, it’s not as impressive when you know how it’s done!

My friend Gary posted a blog a while back on how to make a celtic knot. These are the basic directions I use. I’ve tweaked it somewhat to accommodate the segmentation, but it’s the same idea.

Matt, I’ve seen your work, I have no doubt you will make some spectacular pens “when” you get your lathe!

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