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Pulled a Pinecone off a tree a short time ago. Here was the result.
-- David Delka
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#1 posted 05-22-2011 11:37 AM
never would have thought of trying one of those, looks like i’m going to have to rethink that. very nice pen!!!
-- Larry, North Carolina
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#2 posted 05-22-2011 01:35 PM
looks nice.i never would have bet a pine cone would stay together to do that.
-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.
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#3 posted 05-22-2011 04:17 PM
I have heard of people using pine cones , but this is the 1st I have seen as a actual pen .
If I had a lathe I have plenty of pine cones .
-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY
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#4 posted 05-22-2011 04:58 PM
You might have started a new fad…pine cone woodworking. Very nice!
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#5 posted 05-22-2011 05:04 PM
Very interesting! Did you load it up with CA glue first or what? I like the effects!
Erwin, Jacksonville, FL
-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL
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#6 posted 05-22-2011 05:19 PM
Innovative. I would love to see a before photo of the cone.
-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov
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#7 posted 05-22-2011 07:16 PM
I like this effect – very cool blank. Did you cast the cone in resin before turning on the lathe? Just wondering how this stayed together while you turned it.
Thanks for sharing.
-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA
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#8 posted 05-22-2011 08:21 PM
This is great! The pine cone has some very interesting patterns
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#9 posted 05-23-2011 04:10 AM
great pen. very different. what type of pine cone?? was it treated with ca or epoxy?? thanks
-- wiser1934, new york
#10 posted 05-23-2011 07:14 AM
Let’s just say that this was truly a learning experience. First of all the pinecone was still green and had not opened up yet. I drilled it out and over a few days I would put thin CA in the hole I drilled. This allowed it to harden on the inside. I glued in the tube, placed on the lathe and with extremely sharp tools I would take off just a little at a time. After each layer I again would thin CA it. After I got it to the point of being close to the final shape, I again place several coats of thin CA. Sanded it to the final shape. Thin CA again and the about 6 coats of Gap Filling CA. This definitely took some patience as it took a course of several days to complete. I just wanted to be sure all the green was sealed with the CA and that it wouldn’t explode or expand over time. I took this picture about one month after I made the pen as I have already sold it. It has stayed together very well and now I have several more in the process of getting ready to become more Pinecone Pens. I’m experimenting with “Minwax” Wood Hardener. I will post results when I’m done. Thanks for all the comments. David
#11 posted 05-23-2011 07:16 AM
Thanks David. I would be interesting if you blogged the process.
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#12 posted 06-15-2011 10:20 PM
i think putting it a container (that the epoxy will not bond to) and filling it up with resin then putting a vacuum to it would be a great way to do it. but i bet its easier said then done.
-- Ben L
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