An ugly pen blank

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Project by D_Allen posted 05-16-2012 12:40 AM 1521 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some may think this started out as a very ugly pen blank. I know I did.
Honestly, I have had it for a month just waiting until the urge hit me to try it.
That nasty knot was not the only one. There were more hidden inside.
The first challenge was to get a 7mm hole drilled into it without having it fall apart.
As it turns out, this black ash is rock hard and since it is stabilized, it held together well.
Certainly is figured.
Also, I wanted to try a different shape…kind reminds of the devo hats! hehehehe!

-- Website is finally up and

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 06:58 AM

If you ask me, the only ugly blanks are the ones sitting in the corner collecting dust. But then, I’m not a pen turner, so you probably see it differently. Either way, it’s a beautiful pen. I sure would like a closer look at it (hint, hint)


-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 10:26 PM

Neat design and beautiful grain pattern!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-17-2012 02:56 AM

I like the pattern on this, you did a great job.

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

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