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As I mentioned somewhere during the Pen Swaps first North American tour, I got a bunch of California walnut burl from Treebones in return for a couple completed pens (He’s using some of the burl to make desk sets)

This is the first batch I turned, from left to right in platinum, gold, black titanium, gold and platinum.

I had a couple issues with turning the burl – a blow out here, knot to fill there. Pleased to say that some superglue and shaving dust not only took care of things, but even I, who knew where the “fixes were” can’t find them!

Being too close to my work to be able to choose which ones to let go, I let my wife and her mother pick out their 2 favorites (they both picked the ones on the right) so those are en-route to the Golden State.

Speaking of “golden” – one thing I learned was that finishing them with a few coats of Walnut oil before the friction polish really “warmed up” the wood. Which only seems appropriate – a separated at birth kind of reunion – so to speak.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/





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danny

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#1 posted 2349 days ago

look great scott

-- danny s "the first to lose are the first to give up"

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2349 days ago

Scott,

These are nice looking pens. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite as they all look good.

thanks for sharing.

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

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darryl

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#3 posted 2349 days ago

if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the second one from the right.
they look great, I like working with walnut.

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teenagewoodworker

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#4 posted 2349 days ago

wow those are nice pens. i think I’m falling in love with walnut. i can’t wait until i use it for the first time. thanks for the post.

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Nils

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#5 posted 2349 days ago

Well done matching set! BTW, when you say “en-route to the Golden State” – does that mean me?

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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scottb

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#6 posted 2349 days ago

It’s a big state there Nils… happy hunting ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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cajunpen

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#7 posted 2349 days ago

More nice looking pen Scott – bugs got a nice hold on you I see :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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scottb

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#8 posted 2349 days ago

Bill, yes it does. I have a few more to post, a few to assemble (and post) and then.. I fear I’m outta kits!

Gotta find a way for these to at least break even on these pens and stoppers so I can keep making them! (I can quit anytime… I just don’t want to)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 2349 days ago

I’m with Darryl, the second one from the right has some spectacular grain, but they are all very nice.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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