Swirl Pen Mesquite

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Project by ryno101 posted 07-08-2008 03:45 AM 1534 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I took some inspiration from Kerux's Swirl Inlay technique, here’s my first attempt.

It’s a mesquite blank, the inlay is Home Depot Paint Stir Stick (Thin-ish wood I had lying around… I am not yet confident enough with my new table saw to be making 1/8” cuts… that will come later!) with a finish of Friction Polish, CA and Beeswax with a Jr. Gent. Kit in Titanium/Gold

My inlay wasn’t quite set all the way in, and I didn’t notice until after the glue had dried… so there are a couple of small voids at the corners of the inlay which I filled with CA and sawdust. After about a minute, I went over the patch with 0000 steel wool, which is what I think (?) caused the discoloration in the inlay that is very clear (exaggerated, actually) in the last picture.

So, I learned from it, and one of the things I learned most clearly is that it’s generally smarter to get an extra set of tubes for 45 cents than to go ahead and build up a pen that I’m not happy with!

Of course, I showed it to a colleague, and he thought it was great… so it will go to a good home!

-- Ryno

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#1 posted 07-08-2008 03:54 AM

Beautiful pen Ryno. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 07-08-2008 04:09 AM

That is a good job. Nothing to be ashamed of there.

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#3 posted 07-08-2008 04:11 AM

I agree with rikkor. Pen turning is the next skill I want to learn. I hope I can do that good.


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#4 posted 07-08-2008 04:22 AM

most people mention that pen turning is a slippery slope… welcome to the express lane!

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#5 posted 07-08-2008 04:35 AM

Very Nice Ryno! That’s a beautiful pen.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#6 posted 07-08-2008 04:52 AM

I think it look really good. The swirl looks tight with clean lines.


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#7 posted 07-09-2008 03:03 AM

That is really cool. It sets it apart from all other types of pens. Good work

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#8 posted 06-18-2009 04:56 PM

I love it…very nice work.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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