Maple Burl Apollo Infinity Pen

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Project by jbrinkman posted 10-28-2011 06:22 PM 1658 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This custom made Apollo Infinity pen is crafted using a maple burl and is finished using CA glue and then sanded to 12000 grit. This pen was made as a gift to Tami Longaberger. Tami’s family has long been involved with crafting hand-made woven maple baskets. Given her family’s long involvement with the maple industry here in Ohio, I thought the maple burl would be the perfect choice in woods.

I had the pen engraved at a local trophy shop and then filled in the engraving with a nice contrasting wood putty. Once the CA finish was applied and sanded out, the engraving just popped. I have had a few previous pens engraved, but this is the first time I have used wood filler, and that made all the difference between a so-so engraving and one that I am really happy with.

This piece presented a number of challenges because of the specific pen design and the nature of burls. I had a number of incidents where the burl split, cracked or chipped. This is one of the challenges when working with burls. Fortunately, I like to use a CA finish on all my pens which means that I am free to glue up any cracks or other wood defects. In a few places I even had to make a paste from medium thickness CA and wood shaving from the burl. Because there are few uniform grain patterns, the patches blend right into wood and you would have to look very close to even notice the repairs.

Overall I was quite happy with the way the pen turned out.

-- Joe Brinkman, California -

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#1 posted 10-28-2011 06:37 PM

You truly did a wonderful job on this.

-- Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity….

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#2 posted 11-01-2011 01:23 AM

I really like this. what ca glue do you use for finish and how do u apply it. I am a novice pen turner

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#3 posted 11-03-2011 01:36 PM

Joe, This is a Home Run! The Burl is gorgeous and the way that you treated the engraving is amazing and it turned out beautifully…..

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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