|Project by BarbS||posted 11-01-2012 05:44 AM||1074 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
I know there is a plethora of pens posted here, but this one is sufficiently different that I hope it will be appreciated. it’s a kit from Craft Supply USA called ‘Penache.’ The gold plated base is 3/4” in diameter to stand it upright. I turned it from an exotic gifted to me; it is Wamara, also known as Guyana Rosewood, and is so dense it played havoc with all my tools. The drill press yielded smoke from every 1/4” drilling. My gouge had to be resharpened after each pass across the blanks, or they would simply bounce off the wood. It took a Long time to turn down to size from a 1” sq. blank. I turned walnut after this one, and zip-zip, I was done! I doubt I’ll be using Wamara in another pen. It polished up nicely, as dense woods do, but what a trial it was. Good thing I’m a determined sort!