My first fine writing instrument order

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Project by nickel posted 06-08-2013 07:18 PM 1781 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been playing around with making pens and gave a few away to some friends. One of those friends took the pen to the marketing department at my work. They ordered 60 Executive Platinum plated pens each being made of different wood. I had my work cut out of me but just finished the last of these this morning. Definitely got my time in on the lathe when this was all done. Below is a list of the different woods used:

chakte kok
brazilian mahogony
ancient kauri
brown mallee burl
cottonwood burl
cherry burl
lead wood
pink ivory
jack daniels
macassar ebony
burmese blackwood
gaboon ebony
bethlehem olivewood
coolibah burl
totara burl
lace sheoak
ancient bog oak
curly anigre
mexican redheart
new zealand plum
eastern red cedar
resin burl
amber Curly Pyinma
long leaf pine
black palm
bolivian rosewood
buckeye burl
black and white ebony
curly eucalyptus
honduran mahagony
maple burl
new zealand honeysuckel
pheasant wood
quilted sapele
tiger myrtle
birdseye maple
bethleham carob
laminated walnut and maple

-- -Nickel Risk

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#1 posted 06-08-2013 08:32 PM

Grats on the order! I’m guessing by #25 you were probably ready to make a new pen style :p

-- John

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#2 posted 06-08-2013 08:34 PM

I much prefer this pen over other styles because it is only one blank. Much less time to make. I took me 25-30 hours total.

-- -Nickel Risk

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#3 posted 06-08-2013 11:29 PM

Well done….Congrats on your first order and I hope you get many more….great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 06-08-2013 11:50 PM

Nice job… ought to be pretty close to retirement at this point….lol. Well, maybe not, but an impressive “first” order, keep up the good work!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#5 posted 06-09-2013 01:00 AM

Congratulations. no small task I’m sure. These are so beautiful I would call them “writing instrument”, instead of pens!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 06-09-2013 01:56 AM

Nickel, Congrats on the order. Great job getting them all done. look good.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 06-09-2013 02:49 AM

good point jeffswildwood!

-- -Nickel Risk

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#8 posted 06-09-2013 04:05 AM

Great job, hopefully all those hors were more fun then work


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#9 posted 06-09-2013 05:13 AM

Congrats and great presentation

-- Norman

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#10 posted 06-09-2013 02:18 PM

@ASUAlumni02, when dealing with 60 different woods, the project never gets old. Got to love the smells of each wood as your work it. Some smelt like pickles, another like soap, and another like licorice. So much fun. Pens are displayed in a velvet box with gold trim. Kinda pricey but worth the etra cost since these pens are for millionaires. Apparently they like fancy stuff like this.

-- -Nickel Risk

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#11 posted 06-09-2013 02:24 PM

Wow what a big job.Well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 06-10-2013 08:51 AM

Wow congrats on that order! So you too keep the shavings from the turnings? :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#13 posted 06-10-2013 10:40 AM

Really exciting project! Prepare for more orders as envious friends of the execs find a new passion for fine writing instruments hand crafted by a master artisan… Who, fortunately enough, is a member of our own community!

(No charge for the marketing lines above) :-)

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#14 posted 06-10-2013 11:08 AM

I do keep the wood shavings as every now and then there is a defect i the wood that needs repaired. I can crush the wood into a powder, fill the void and then saturate the repair with thin CA glue. When done you cannot tell a repair was ever made.

-- -Nickel Risk

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#15 posted 06-10-2013 07:16 PM

It probably took you longer to find the 60 different wood than it did to turn them.

Good job.

-- With more power you can make toothpicks faster

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