|Project by pastorglen||posted 07-10-2012 01:43 AM||1039 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
This is a pen set that I made for a couple I recently married. They brought me a piece of Apple from the couple’s property that had been cut and dried. I hand-split the wood and the pens were made from each side of the mirror split at the place of the heaviest curl.
What a great example for marriage: two halves, complementing each other and making a whole. And the extensive curl is from a place in the life of the tree that could have either been very destructive or a life-long strength. The same is true of the struggles we all face in marriage.
A great reminder to them both—“The two shall become one… for better for worse….”
This particular pen was sanded in progressively finer grits—to 800 grit. Five coats of finish were applied and then sanded smooth to the wood—to fill the grain and provide a durable base. At least 10 additional coats of CA were added to the final product—which was buffed and polished.
The couple was absolutely tickled with the gift. (The maid-of-honor was, too. She visited my Etsy Store on Friday night and bought 2 of my other pens on Saturday before the wedding.)
-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."