First JR Gentlemen's pen

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Project by MarkWilk posted 02-13-2008 08:14 PM 1469 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just got my first commissioned work, a pair of pens for a colleague and his wife. I had The Woodturner’s Catalog on my desk and everyone was asking about pens. My friend picked blanks and pen kits from the catalog, which is like Playboy for turners. Just page after page of great pics.

The blanks were stabilized box elder in pink and blue, on Jr. Gentlemen’s pen kits. The kits required two different drill bits and new blanks, but the extra expense was well worth it for such high quality and good looking final products. I love the feel and balance of these pens. They really came out great.

Stabilized box elder is a pain to turn without ultra sharp chisels. It’s almost as dense as acrylic, and just took a LOT of time and patience to turn.

The end result was outstanding, though, and the blanks took abrasive and polish really well. More commisions are on the way!

-- Mark, Florida,

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#1 posted 02-13-2008 08:46 PM

I agree that the end result was outstanding. This is great. Let me think about this- you are getting to spend time on the lathe and turn out these gorgeous pens and GETTING PAID FOR IT TOO? Wow, life is good.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#2 posted 02-13-2008 09:01 PM

Very nicely done. Glad to know you’re getting recognition for your work too.
It’s a nice compliment when folks buy from you.


-- Gary, Florida

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#3 posted 02-13-2008 09:16 PM

Mark – beautiful work. Great to be appreciated at that level!

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 01:03 AM

Nice job Mark. I saw an article in an Aussie magazine of a woodworker who had made 40,000 pens. I guess it becomes a bit addictive. I made 20-30 for my staff before I retired, they make great presents.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 11:11 AM

Great job. The pen looks superb.

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#6 posted 02-16-2008 05:18 AM

Just turned my first pen. Very nice turn. I like the pine cone display. Nice Job!

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