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Spalted Maple, Eastern Cottonwood (sapwood), Magnolia, Cedar. Designer (PSI) or European (Woodcraft) kits.
-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com
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#1 posted 06-10-2011 01:45 PM
Great looking pens Andrew. What did you finish them with?
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#2 posted 06-10-2011 01:49 PM
Great pens and awesome photos! Well done!
#3 posted 06-10-2011 05:38 PM
@Bill – Start with a base of Linseed Oil, then 6 coats Linseed/CA combo, and finish with a topcoat of Hut wax. I realy like the rich tones that the Linseed oil gives. The Linseed/CA mixture is never the same though. I tried mixing the two in a bottle and they reacted forming a solid and generating a lot of heat. I’ve experimented with different kinds of Urethane (Spar, Fast drying, Wipe-on) and like the look, but it takes longer and I’ve found that it’s harder to achieve a nice finish.
#4 posted 06-10-2011 05:52 PM
@Christopher – Photographing my work so that it will catch the eye of a non-woodworker is a challenge, but I think I’ve found a presentation style that is suitable. Lighting was another challenge, as a flash generates glare on reflective surfaces. I spoke to a Photographer friend who suggested either bright, filtered side lighting or filtered sunlight. There does need to be some reflection to show the glossy nature of the finish. The top two photos were taken with those cheap portable shop lights, 100W bulb, mounted off to the side of the pen with the light filtered through tissue paper. The bottom left pic was taken at a spot in my house where sunlight comes through a frosted glass window. I think I like this best.
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#5 posted 06-12-2011 08:08 AM
Nice pens Andrew – they all are very well done – so well that I can’t pick a favorite.I have always found lighting to be a challenge, too. I am always looking for photographic advise – thanks for sharing your tid-bits.
-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA
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