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Project by Keith Fenton posted 01-15-2012 11:17 PM 2297 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first try at a new kit recently made available from http://timberbits.com called “Spring Blossom”. Unfortunately it’s only available as a rollerball as of yet and due to the small inside diameter of the body, I doubt they ever plan to make a fountain pen version… Too bad.

It’s a very nice kit for the price. Seems like a very good value since the platings are platinum and gold titanium. The platinum isn’t as smooth and the kit seems to be not quite as good as more expensive kits such as the Statesman from Craft Supplies USA ( http://woodturnerscatalog.com ) but at well under half the price of a statesman it’s an awesome deal! The kit is only $14 but they list that as an introductory price.

The only downside to this kit is the huge difference in wood thickness between the cap and the body. This means that this kit is ill-suited for most acrylics (maybe all) since you will definitely see a color difference between both pieces. Even though the outer diameter of this pen is massive, the inner brass tube on the body is under 9mm in diameter.

The wood is a very highly figured piece of stabilized buckeye burl. It was sanded to 1000 grit and finished with 1 coat of thin CA glue followed by about 10 to 12 coats of medium CA. After letting the CA set for a couple days, I sanded with 400 grit, then wet sanded to up to 2000, polished with HUT plastic polish and buffed with an ultra-fine buffing compound.

I recently made the switch to wet sanding with regular wet/dry sandpaper instead of using Micro-Mesh sanding pads and found that I can get the same quality finish in less time.

-- Scroll saw patterns @ http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com





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grizzman

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 11:22 PM

beautiful keith….....keep at it, your going to do well at this, for two reasons, one you have the skills and do beautiful work and 2. you love your work…someday i will have a keith fenton pen in my collection. grizz…have a great week…i enjoyed talking to you the other day…...one thing i want to show you i can do…i can make great burgers…lol…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Alexander Valle-Albert

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 11:26 PM

Beautiful pen and great craftsmanship…

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 11:34 PM

Looks like a pen made for a king ,great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 11:34 PM

Nice pen and thanks for sharing. Youv’e made a great looking pen.

-- Duane, Iowa

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miles125

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 12:17 AM

Great pens. But i’m struck by the interesting way you photographed them. Nice work all the way around.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Leldon

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 01:16 AM

It looks great. All your pens are great though! I love the one I got! And I am amazed at the perfect finish on it!

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Transition

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 06:09 AM

Big thumbs up on the turn. I really like the higher end kits. Thanks for sharing this one.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 04:22 PM

I think that pen is too nice to use. I would make a display case for it, put it on my desk and stare at it all day!

Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
(The greatest woodworking show since the invention of wood is now online!)

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Keith Fenton

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#9 posted 01-16-2012 05:48 PM

Thanks for the kind words you guys.

I agree with you Jim (Stumpy). Even though they don’t cost me all that much money to make, I am always so careful when I use a pen like this. If I had to buy a finished pen like this, I don’t know if I would dare use it :) .

-- Scroll saw patterns @ http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com

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JTTHECLOCKMAN

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#10 posted 01-17-2012 10:46 AM

I think the timber you chose was a good fit for that kit. Nice job all the way around.

I too just bought some of these kits and I am going to try some casting on them. The lower barrel is ideal for some heavy casting but the upper barrel being so thin is going to be a challenge and I may have to alter my plans. Thanks for showing

-- John T.

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Martino23

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#11 posted 01-17-2012 11:57 AM

Nice looking pen.

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