Spalted Maple Slimline Pencil

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Project by ShannonRogers posted 07-28-2008 12:57 AM 1307 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally decided to make a mechanical pencil for my shop instead of constantly sharpening pencils to get that sharp line for dovetail cutting. I got a whole bunch of this maple from a tree in our neighborhood that came down about 8 months ago.

I like the feel of the wood when writing so I don’t use high build finishes. This is sanded to 12,000 grit, Danish Oil, then Shellawax as the final coat.

Attention pen swappers: I put 4 of these blanks from the same tree in the swap box!

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#1 posted 07-28-2008 01:03 AM

I love that wood. Great pencil.

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#2 posted 07-28-2008 03:04 AM

I really like the look of that pen, spalting just gives the wood a completely different look.

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#3 posted 07-28-2008 03:58 AM

Beautiful markings on the pencil. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#4 posted 07-28-2008 04:09 AM

I hope at least one of these blanks is still available when it gets to me.

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#5 posted 07-28-2008 04:11 AM

that is a beautiful pencil! i love the spalting! they look beautiful on the pen. just like you are making this pencil for your shop i am going to be making my pens and pencils for school this year. that is going to be fun!

so i heard that you put some of those in the pen swap box. is it too late to join :)

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#6 posted 07-28-2008 04:57 AM

That really is nice… Excellent looking pencil.

I’m with rikkor… I hope there’s at least one of those blanks left!

-- Ryno

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#7 posted 05-07-2009 06:28 PM

Just came up on the project-go-round…BEAUTIFUL PEN !!! That’s a lot of Spalt in one piece of wood …You really turned a wonderfull project here : )

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#8 posted 05-14-2009 12:51 AM

Eye candy beautiful

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#9 posted 11-23-2010 01:36 AM

This just came around again ..still just as beautiful though !! LOL
Did anyone that received your blanks make and post their pens or pencils here ?

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