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Project by ryno101 posted 07-19-2008 05:59 PM 1794 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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#1 posted 07-19-2008 06:06 PM

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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#2 posted 07-19-2008 07:54 PM

Nice looking pens Ryno. Love that wood.

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

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#3 posted 07-19-2008 08:21 PM

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

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#4 posted 07-19-2008 11:26 PM

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?

-- Yes, "Wood" is my last name

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#5 posted 07-20-2008 12:37 AM

Very nice work.

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#6 posted 07-20-2008 01:17 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 07-20-2008 02:22 AM

Thanks all for the nice comments.

jdwood, I get most of my parts from Craft Supplies…

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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#8 posted 07-20-2008 08:32 AM

sweet grain on these pens : )

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

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#9 posted 07-21-2008 07:19 AM


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).


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#10 posted 07-21-2008 04:58 PM


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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#11 posted 01-13-2010 08:06 PM

how do you determine what to charge for your work?

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#12 posted 01-13-2010 08:36 PM

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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