Double Dyed Boxelder Burl Fountain Pen

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Project by JohnGreco posted 07-30-2011 09:48 PM 1437 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Double Dyed Boxelder Burl Fountain Pen
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I’ve started to play around with stabilized burls for my pens. This one came to me stabilized and double dyed black & gold. I paired it with a gunmetal & 24k gold trim fountain pen kit, which really seemed to go nicely.

The blank was interesting to work with. Kind of like a cross between wood and acrylic from the resins, with a finish very similar to acrylic. I like that I didn’t need to slather on any thick CA to fill in interior voids. I also like that the dye wasn’t completely saturating, so although there was a lot of gold with hints of the black dye, it retained some of the whites and reds that the wood naturally has.

If my writing style were a better fit for fountain pens I think I’d be keeping this one for my personal collection :)

Thanks for looking.

-- John

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 12:47 AM

That is really sweet. I’d keep that in my own collection as well!


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#2 posted 07-31-2011 12:55 AM

Very nicely done. A handsome pen indeed. Can you please tell me what kit that is? BTW, your photography of the pen is superb. Pens aren’t always easy to shoot.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 01:37 AM

Thank you both.

Cisco- The kit is Classic Elite from PSI. I agree that pens are tricky to get a good shot, especially on a point-and-shoot. I do a lot of touching-up in picnik before I feel the picture is really representative of the work. Even still, the most common comment I get from customers is how the pictures didn’t do the piece justice. But with wood, do they ever?

-- John

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