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Project by Reaper621 posted 09-14-2013 02:29 PM 1137 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a year and a half since my last post with this community, and I have a few things to share. I’ve been busy!

These are pens that I turned for myself. I did not think to take pictures of the ones I gave away, which, shame on me… I have made some beautiful pens over the last 8 months since I got my mandrel.

Anyway, the top pen is made of a species I can’t quite remember, at the wood worker’s convention earlier this year, and when my new wife (long story, read my profile if interested) saw how happy it made me turning pens, she bought me a set to make my own at home.

The next one down is made of cedar, my first pen made at home. This one and the fourth pen down are both chunks of scrap, that given a few more months would have ended up in my father’s fireplace. I finished this one with a different finish than the rest, but I am overall pleased with its finish, not so much the scratches left in the learning process, or the bulk of the pen.

The third one down is Frankenstein’s monster – the top to my padauk pen exploded on the lathe, and the bottom of my cocobolo pen exploded on the lathe… so I married the survivors in this pen! In chronology, this would be my 14th and 15th pens.

The fourth pen I have is a piece of mesquite. It kills me how beautiful this wood is, that it would just get cut up for smoking meat. Fellow lumberjock Nick gave me this piece as a gift because of a delay in shipping out the very beautiful Olive log that I purchased from him, and it is really a gift that continues to give, over and over. There was a small chunk that busted out of the top end, and I experimented with some fluoride that I had sitting around (gift from my late grandmother); it fills the hole nicely. This pen will be given to my nephew for his 13th birthday – the boy absolutely adores hand-made gifts.

The final pen is made of walnut, and I believe this is pen number 20 for me – somewhere in that neighborhood. I was in the garage, staring at a Stella Artois bottle, and decided to crush it up into powder; and then use that powder to make another inlay. It turned out nice, but I’ve discovered that if you want the color to show through, use colored stone, not glass. I still like the texture of the inlay.

So there’s my first set of pens I wanted to show off! I mostly just give these out as presents, but friends and coworkers like to buy them from me, as well. Enjoy!

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 01:47 PM

Nice variety of pens!!!!!!.............cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 04:16 PM

Great looking set of pens! Like the pretty shapes and wood colors, they make great gifts for family and friends indeed.

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#3 posted 09-19-2013 12:21 AM

Some fantastic lookin writing utensils. Welcome back. Keep on spinnin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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