|Project by MarkWilk||posted 02-13-2008 08:14 PM||1305 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
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, http://penturner.wordpress.com/