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Project by ryno101 posted 2194 days ago 1323 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut Burl and Thuya Burl.

Since I’ve been showing friends/family my pens, I’ve now got orders for about a dozen of them. Actually had a complete stranger stop on the street as I was showing a pen to a friend, and she bought the pen I was showing on the spot!

Thanks for looking!

-- Ryno





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trifern

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#1 posted 2194 days ago

Gorgeous pens Ryno. I especially like the Thuya Burl. Thank you for sharing.

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

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jockmike2

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#2 posted 2194 days ago

Nice looking pens Ryno. Love that wood.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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darryl

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#3 posted 2194 days ago

that Thuya Burl is very cool looking!
your pens look great overall.

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jdwood

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#4 posted 2194 days ago

Very nice! Where do you buy your pen parts? I’m borrowing my brother in law’s mini lathe to try turning for a while and would like to make a pen or two. Any suggestions as to where to start?
thanks!

-- Yes, "Wood" is my last name

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rikkor

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#5 posted 2194 days ago

Very nice work.

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Callum Kendall

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#6 posted 2194 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

-- For wood working podcasts with a twist check out http://thetimberkid.com/

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ryno101

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#7 posted 2194 days ago

Thanks all for the nice comments.

jdwood, I get most of my parts from Craft Supplies… http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/

They’re super nice, I find the quality of the kits to be better there, more rollerball and fountain pen options, and their blanks can be turned right away for the most part. I’ve been singing their praises for a while now, they have the best customer service I’ve gotten from any online purchase.

Careful though… it’s addictive!

-- Ryno

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 2194 days ago

sweet grain on these pens : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Steve

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#9 posted 2193 days ago

Ryno,

Those are great looking pens. Are you selling them mostly through word of mouth? What type of person typically buys a custom turned hardwood pen (woodworker, business person, someone who just likes the look, etc).

-- www.atlaslumber.com/current-news.asp

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ryno101

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#10 posted 2192 days ago

Steve,

Most of the sales I’ve made so far have been friends/family looking for gifts that are unique. These two are for my boss at work, he’s going to visit family in Poland and wanted something that was different, something they couldn’t just go out and buy for themselves.

I did sell one pen to an avowed “Pen Person”... see the original post for this project, and I have 6 pens ordered that are for a business associate that collects pens, but the rest are for friends/family/business associates who want gifts.

-- Ryno

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mrjello

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#11 posted 1651 days ago

how do you determine what to charge for your work?

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reggiek

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#12 posted 1651 days ago

Great job….I love turning a quick pen or so…it is wonderful instant gratification….they make great gifts and I always end up selling a few to friends/family of folks I give them too.

Sorry I missed this when it was first posted.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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