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Project by rilanda posted 03-27-2013 06:00 PM 1000 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry I have been so long since my last project but it has been to cold to work in my workshop (no heating), bad for glue and finishing to say nothing about my welfare. However I have fought my way back into the workshop after about 4 months and dug out the lathe and made a few pens to get my hand back in. Mostly made from local grown timber, Laburnum, seringa, maple and a couple of short bends of mahogany and oak. Pens are easy to make with the right equipment and for those of you who are commercially involved in lathe work they are usually easy to sell. Another plus in their favour is that very small pieces of timber can be used making them, so waste can be used to make profit. I buy my pen kits locally and not being a commercial enterprise I only buy small quantities, I make them to give away for birthdays and/or Christmas gifts

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 03-27-2013 07:49 PM

Really nice work on those


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#2 posted 03-27-2013 09:16 PM

Good to see you back. Been missing you. Pens look great but all you work is great. Hope all is well with you and family.
p.s. new email address

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#3 posted 03-27-2013 11:13 PM

Nice set, look great. I once gave a pen set as a gift and the recipient (a family member) commented I gave a cheap gift after using his iphone to look up the price of the kits. He then informed me they were worth about $5 at best. Handed it back to me and told me keep it, he had no use for trinkets. (Laughing) When I posted pics of bullet pens on facebook he called and wanted one. Sorry, sold out…. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 04-01-2013 03:50 AM

Nice set

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 04-01-2013 04:16 AM

Great work Jim. Glad you’re back in the shop. It has been a bit nippy lately hasn’t it? Yesterday was my first real woodworking day of the year. I say woodworking, but I was actually cleaning a saw plate on a 5 1/2 point W. Tyzack, Sons and Turner No. 3 rip saw from the 1920s. My muscles are aching now I can tell you. Worth it though.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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