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Project by ShopWench posted 05-08-2012 09:30 PM 1331 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I sell these things like crazy. The first 2 are olive wood. If you have never used this wood, I highly recommend it. It is silky when turning it. Not to mention the patterns are fantastic! Next is ceder, grapefruit, and orange wood. There is a flaw in the cedar one right at the band…learning curve! It smells nice even after the polish and finisheing. The next set is paduak for my Auburn loving sister, then the white one is ambrosia maple. The maple was softer than I expected, but makes some fantastic pens. This maple one also has some “design elements”.

-- Nancy

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 09:36 PM

Nice looking Slim lines! I think you’re ready to step it up to higher line kits!

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 10:56 PM

Absolutely love them. I think olivewood is one of the best woods you could ever turn—wish I could afford it all the time! :) The cedar is lovely. I have some of that, I may have to try turning it.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 05-09-2012 12:00 AM

Thanks Ron!!! I appreciate the encouragement!
Thanks too tyskkvinna! The cedar gives me trouble because it is so soft! I think this was the first out of 3 cedar blanks that I didn’t pop. I got a good buy on eBay for the olive wood blanks. Ended up about $2 each.

-- Nancy

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 02:05 AM

Great looking pens, I can barely turn a page let alone a piece of wood, LOL. You do really nice work.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 05-09-2012 02:36 AM

Nice looking pens! I have started turning some of these myself, and they are addicting. The Olivewood is beautiful, I’ll have to try that. Bacote that is cut on a 45 angle also has some great grain lines. PSI catalog. I was curious how much you sell your pens for. I have given most away as gifts, but would like to sell somem and i’m curious what the going rate is.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#6 posted 05-09-2012 12:56 PM

Thanks Martin!

Tim, the going rate for pens around here is $20-$25 for the slimline and they go up from there. The exectutive types run around $75 I think. I will sell the ones with imperfections for $10-$15…where the wood chipped a little at the end in assembly etc…amazingly they go very quickly! PSI also has a set of leather holders that are reasonalbly priced that folks seem to like too.
Hope this helps!

-- Nancy

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#7 posted 05-19-2012 07:02 AM


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