My First Pens

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Project by Chandler posted 05-30-2011 04:41 AM 1234 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made all of these pens in my shop class, and all of them except for the zebrawood one (which I made for my mom for mother’s day) are for my sister. In the first picture, from right to left, the woods are zebrawood, maple, lacewood with a mysterious brown burl on top, and purpleheart. I decided to experiment and see how smooth I could get a pen, so I sanded the zebrawood pen down to 600 grit. Right after turning, I was discouraged to discover that the purpleheart was brown in color, but a few weeks worth of light and oxygen fixed that. Sorry for the blurry clarity.

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#1 posted 05-30-2011 03:29 PM

Looks pretty good for first try. Very nice gifts.

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

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 04:22 AM

You will become addicted to pens. I started with a couple pens and it became an obsession. The purpleheart turns brown but what I was told is with the absense of oxygen it will turn back to purple. Looking good for your first pens. Bet they will love the presents. Take a look at some of my pens. Looking forward to more of your pens. Good job, keep up the good work.

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 05:52 AM

great start…addicting is right! we used to have a pen trade going a couple years back…we had a box traveling the country and people would add blanks and take out some they likes…

it was fun…but has not happened in a while…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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