Back to turning Pens Again

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Project by cajunpen posted 12-12-2013 01:21 AM 1138 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many years ago I turned and sold literally hundreds of pens, I got burned out on them. Now I am once again addicted to turning pens. These pens came out really nice – not that you can tell by my Photography skills. I’ve got to work on taking better pictures, it’s hard to sell them online without decent pictures. The pens are #1 Antler, #2 Color Ply (I started with the top stuff and it came out nice, but the bottom blew out and I did not have another piece. So, I found some other color ply to turn the lower barrel. This will now be an official shop pen :-). The third pen is the European Style turned from a spectacular piece of Cocobolo.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 01:28 AM

Very nice Bill.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-12-2013 01:49 AM

The choice of the word “addicted” is one that I use often about pen turning. Welcome back to pen turning, nice job

-- When All Else Fails ... Hit Delete

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#3 posted 12-12-2013 01:50 AM

They all “turned” out great. Good job!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 12-12-2013 01:58 AM

Very nice Bill, how is your Etsy site doing for you? I just finished turning the last pen in the starter kit I ordered from Penn State Ind. I guess what I like about turning pens is that, unlike most all my other projects, they are quick to make. It is almost immediate satisfaction :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 12-12-2013 02:05 AM

Lee I actually had my first Etsy sale yesterday. I sold one of my Ring Master Bowls. I’ve been selling my high end pens online for 13 years and I was as excited to sell that little $19.95 bowl as I was to sell a $2400 fountain pen (well, not quite as happy :-))

I buy from Penn State also, and I’ve found another source that I think I am going to like. I’m waiting on my first order from Wooden Whimsies Their prices for most things are a little less than Penn State and his has some really interesting videos on his site.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 12-12-2013 02:31 AM

I’ll miss your lathe and ring master bowls but you have a knack for the pens. Those are really nice Bill. Beautiful. Do you have any for $1.95 and free shipping. I like those the best. ha ha

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 12-12-2013 02:39 AM

Great job buddy, I wish my shop pens turned out as nice as yours does. Merry Christmas

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 12-12-2013 02:57 AM

Thanks for all of the kind comments guys.

Dave, I will still work on the bowls, in fact I have one in progress on the Ring Master right now. I just tend to jump from one project to another. Heck being retired has it’s rewards :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 12-12-2013 04:43 AM

Really great work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 12-12-2013 04:53 AM

Very nice Bill…I have never made a pen but I sure can appreciate the quality of your and the skill you possess to make these.

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#11 posted 12-12-2013 07:59 AM

Hello cajunpen

Really great work

The pictures are so small that we can’t appreciate all the work

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#12 posted 12-12-2013 12:49 PM

Really nice Bill. Sometimes the macro setting on the camera will take a clearer pic of up close things

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

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#13 posted 12-12-2013 09:57 PM

Great looking pens—I particularly like the texture/appearance of the antler pen and the style of the pen in the third picture.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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