Olive Wood Pens

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Project by itsme_timd posted 03-04-2008 01:00 AM 8712 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love pens. I really love pens. Even before I learned to turn them I’ve always appreciated a nice pen and have “invested” a couple times in a nice Mont Blanc.

When I discovered the Bethlehem Olive Wood I knew I’d turn a lot of pens with this wood, I love it. As a Christian I find it amazing that these trees were bearing fruit in Jesus’s day and today I’m making pens from the trimmings.

I also use these pens as gifts to special friends and always add a story of what I saw in the grain pattern or why I turned their pen ‘just so’. I also enjoy sharing my hobby and many times have had friends over to make pens for themselves – they are always elated to leave my garage with a pen they made themselves.

So – here are some pictures of some pens I’ve made or I’ve helped others to make. One day I’ll make one for myself but for now the Lord keeps telling me to give them away! :-)

The ones in the gift boxes actually have a much nicer shine that what the picture shows…

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 03-04-2008 01:07 AM

Tim that Olivewood is really nice. Unfortunately you should never use the words “good pen” and Mont Blanc in the same sentence. Overpriced and Mont Blanc will work :-)). Just kidding – I just am not a MB fan and refuse to sell them – but that’s why they make so many different brands, we can all get something that we like.

Your turnings are sweet.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 03-04-2008 01:29 AM

Tim, nice job on the olivewood pen. Your pictures do a great job of showing off your work.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#3 posted 03-04-2008 01:32 AM

I do like the look of olive wood and it has an interesting smell when turning.
your pens came out really nice!

Have you tried any of the Jr Gent style pens from Craft Supplies USA? I ordered four of them recently and really like the kits.

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#4 posted 03-04-2008 01:54 AM

stunning…i love this wood…great photos…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 03-04-2008 02:41 AM

Your photography matches your turning craftmanship. These pens are gorgeous. I can see why you are so excited about this kind of turning. It is amazing.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 03-04-2008 02:47 AM

I think of all the wood I have made pens from I think BOW is the best. Great work, excellent execution of the grain patterns.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#7 posted 03-04-2008 03:00 AM

Tim, I made one for my pastor for Christmas ‘06. He came up to me the following Sunday and thanked me for it. I told him that I had made it, and he couldn’t believe it. I got a very nice, personal, hand written note from him shortly thereafter. The olive wood looks special, but the background that goes with it is what is really special.

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#8 posted 03-04-2008 04:57 AM

Great pens. Do you make the certificate of authenticity.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 03-04-2008 05:25 AM

Thanks Guys.

Bill – LOL on the MB pens! Now that I know how to turn my own I probably won’t be buying anymore!
Darryl – Haven’t tried the Jr Gent pens yet, I’m looking to get some premium kits soon and ‘kick it up a notch’.
Karson – I don’t make the certificates yet. I’ve seen a couple different ones and I’d like to blend the verbiage from the ones I’ve seen, I’ll probably start making my own.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#10 posted 03-04-2008 05:59 AM

Really pretty stuff. I have found the the Bethlehem Olive wood is much better in grain than the Nazareth and Jeruselem Olive woods. When you can catch some BOW in burl… watch out!


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#11 posted 03-04-2008 02:46 PM

Very nice looking pens. Thanks for posting.

-- Hope Never fails

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#12 posted 03-04-2008 08:01 PM

The wood is awesome. Nice job.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 03-07-2008 03:07 AM

I made an Olive wood pen once, it didn’t near as nice those.

-- Andy Stark

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#14 posted 03-08-2008 11:18 PM

I made a bunch of these for my mother-in-law and her bible study class. I think the best part of turning Olive wood is the smell you get while the chips are flying. It may not be good for me, but I always take off the respirator when I turn this stuff. The smell makes me want to go get a martini!

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#15 posted 04-05-2008 07:17 AM

Hi Tim

You sure do some beautiful work on your pens. I have never done any turning except in high school. When I see craftsmanship like yours, it makes me want to try doing pens. thanks for the inspiration.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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