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Project by northwoodsman posted 03-11-2008 03:33 AM 1102 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some Jr. Statesman pens that I made a year or so ago. I had turned perhaps only a dozen or so other pens of various styles so I was relatively new to turning. I was a little hesitant spending the extra money on these somewhat pricey kits but after turning these, I’m hooked on this style or the larger Statesman from Craft Supplies USA. I don’t recall exactly which woods I used, but the two “burl” ones are stabilized. Stabilized blanks are great to work with, but go slow. If you find a void in the blank as you are turning it down, add a drop of CA glue and let it harden for a minute (or hit it with an accelerator) before continuing.

These were sanded up to 600 grit with sandpaper, then with 0000 steel wool, and then polished with flannel wheels with polishing compound (2 wheels with different compounds called the Artisan System from Craft Supplies also). I now use micromesh and go to 12,000 grit, then polish with the flannel wheels and use Renaissance wax to get a glass-like finish.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#1 posted 03-11-2008 03:38 AM

These are nice looking pens.
I also like making the larger pens from Craft Supplies. I’m currently hooked on the Jr Gent. And I’m partial to the fountain pen versions these days.

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#2 posted 03-11-2008 04:19 AM

Having just started turning pens, I can now see I have a long ways to go. It’s great to see pens like these. It gives me something to shoot for. Wonderful job. I especially enjoy hearing how they are finished. While I think I have the turning down, I’m a real neophyte in the finishing arena. That’s why I love this site, there’s so much to be learned from other jocks. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#3 posted 03-11-2008 04:26 AM

These are nice pens. Seeing these really make me want a lathe in my shop.

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

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#4 posted 03-11-2008 05:02 AM


-- Tyler, Illinois

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#5 posted 03-11-2008 05:20 AM

Fantastic pens, and beautiful photos. Your finishing approach really makes the burl pop!

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#6 posted 03-11-2008 09:00 AM

Nice looking pens

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

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#7 posted 03-11-2008 10:55 AM

My biggest problem with pen turning is the finish. They come off the lathe looking great. Ten minutes of use and they begin to dull.

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#8 posted 03-11-2008 09:08 PM

nice pens. i love the look to. you said there were two burl ones. the burls look beautiful.

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#9 posted 03-13-2008 01:53 AM

Sweet looking pens.

-- Andy Stark

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#10 posted 03-17-2008 07:25 PM

Oustanding. That burl really pops!

-- Mark, Florida,

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#11 posted 07-31-2008 11:06 PM

These are nice pens.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#12 posted 12-28-2009 12:15 AM

Very nice. I’ve not tried the Statesmen pens yet, but they look similiar in size to the Majestic Jr & Majestic kits I’ve worked with. Regardless, you did a great job!

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#13 posted 12-28-2009 12:23 AM

Wow really well done these look great looking good as always .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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