It's not about the pen, well sort of...

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It is about hubris. I’ve made literally hundreds of pens over the years but there was something about this one that felt perfect. I’d gotten a perfect fit at the mating surfaces with the metal, the finish was top notch and I really liked the resin color and the copper color of the metal. I showed it off to my wife and the next morning I picked it up to show it to some friends at work——-and it wouldn’t turn to extend the pen or come apart! I must have gotten a little to anxious to put it together before a glob of super glue dried and the thing was frozen solid.

I tried everything up to and including destroying the pen to get it to work but no go. I’m glad I’d taken a couple photos because that is all I have left to show for the effort. Pride goeth before the throwing away of the pen.

The practical moral of this story, I guess, is wait a day or so to assemble your pen if you use super glue. Also, I learned that craftsmanship and common sense don’t always go hand in hand.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 02:34 PM

bummer on the super glue but the pen color and metal are fantastic looking…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 04:54 PM

Oh do I know the feeling when parts don’t move on a finished project. Last summer I spent a few weeks prototyping some whirligigs. All that work of carving, careful design, painting… All to fail once the CA glue welded the moving rods in place. From show-ready whirligigs to frozen “sculptures” in one blummoxed shot. GAHH!! I keep them around the shop as a reminder of how much I hate to use glue on stuff.

Anywho, all that aside, green is my fav color and that pen would be a keeper to me. Thanks for sharing it with us. Maybe I should post up a shot or two of my failed ‘gigs. ????

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