Pens 3, 4 and 5

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Project by Napaman posted 07-30-2008 11:50 PM 1336 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well…my new pen mandrel came in and since the DECK is done ...I have had more time to make some pens…

These are important to me because this is the first time I have used my Shopsmith Lathe and I am very happy with it so far. The first two pens I made we on a mini-lathe that I used in a Woodcraft Pen Making class…

So it was real nice to finally use my lathe after buying my Shopsmith last year.

When I bought my Shopsmith the gentleman who sold it too me was great—-but the one thing he said was that he only tried to use the lathe once and it was a bit rough…so being a bit intimidated I never tried it—at least until i had time to take a class…and although the pen making class wasnt really a lathe class it did give me a chance to get the feel for it…

I AM NOT SURE of the woods—-so tell me what you think…the pen blanks were out of a “cheap” pile at the wood craft store when I took my class I bought a bunch and I am kicking myself that I did not ask the associates at the store…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 07-31-2008 12:44 AM

very cool. i like the ridges in the third one. pen turning seems so fun. i can’t wait to start getting into it.

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#2 posted 07-31-2008 01:31 AM

Nice job on the pens. Just keep on turning. The more you turn, the better you get. The more you turn, the more you want to turn. Thanks for sharing Matt.

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

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#3 posted 07-31-2008 01:31 AM

Well, it looks like the old “smith” is up to the task. I can’t imagine what would be rough about the lathe. While it’s the only one I’ve ever used, so I have nothing to compare to, I find it to work really well. Have at it. The first pens look great. I’m sure it’s only the beginning. How about a lamp…or a bowl…or??? -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#4 posted 07-31-2008 05:12 AM

Nice Matt,

Could be Walnut or mahogany? If you want some mahogany i have lots of pen sized scraps.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#5 posted 08-02-2008 07:55 PM

those are beautivul pens.

-- Jiri

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#6 posted 08-02-2008 08:45 PM

Matt, very nice pens. I love seeing the unique designs that come from each turner. It sure is fun to look at a blank and visualize how it should be turned. Thanks for the post.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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