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Project by JohnGreco posted 01-22-2013 07:40 PM 726 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was able to get a piece of Lignum Vitae, aka Ironwood, from a friend. It used to be part of a railroad tie that made up the rail network from the construction of the Panama Canal. I normally do a CA finish on my pens but the oil content on the wood is through the roof..I’ve had less oily pens start to develop ghosting in the CA after a few weeks from oil seeping out. So instead I did a quick wipe of tung oil to help bring out the color and buffed it with a touch of wax. It really has an amazing feel.

The nib on the pen was upgraded to a Bock nib. Overall, it was hard for me to part with this one in the end. Thanks for looking.

-- John





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Surfside

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 09:51 PM

Striking and priceless piece!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 01-23-2013 12:57 AM

A super nice writing tool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#3 posted 01-23-2013 01:27 PM

Thanks!

-- John

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#4 posted 01-24-2013 03:04 AM

John – I love your stories you weave through your project posts. The work you do is first class—but the story of how you acquired the wood brings the project to life.

THANK YOU for reminding us all to enjoy the journey and not just rush on to the next project.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 01:36 PM

Thank you :) We use pens to tell our stories, and so often the pen itself also has a story to tell. I’m just fortunate to know what the story was for this pen.

-- John

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