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First attempt at a Celtic Knot Pen

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Well, this is my first try at turning a Celtic Knot in a pen (actually it’s my second attempt – the first blew apart on the lathe). I turned a piece of Padauk with Maple for inserts. , o don’t know what went wrong, the Maple did not match up in a couple of spots. Other than that, I’m thrilled with it – I will keep trying until I perfect it. Any suggestions as to where I went wrong will be appreciated.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 166 days ago

Gorgeous. I certainly could not have done that good.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Karson

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#2 posted 166 days ago

It looks to me that the pen was not turned exactly 90 deg eash time and also make sure that all atempts at setting your registration at the same spot and also that the pen tube is exactly in the middle of the blank that you are using.

Nothing too critical. The first picture make me think that you were a little closer on one side than the other.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 166 days ago

Nice, looks like you’re on the right tract. By the way, did you read the excellent series by LJ lew on celtic knot rolling pins? If not, here is the first in his series: http://lumberjocks.com/lew/blog/6086 — truly outstanding.

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

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 166 days ago

Wow! That’s amazing, Bill. Beautiful work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 166 days ago

Beautiful work. I wouldn’t know where to start.

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

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Arlin Eastman

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#6 posted 166 days ago

Wonderful work even for the first time.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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luv2learn

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#7 posted 166 days ago

That is one nice looking pen Bill. I haven’t tried Celtic knots so no adise here buddy :-)

-- 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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Box

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#8 posted 166 days ago

Awesomeness to the max to say the least. I couldn’t even tie a Celtic knot with a piece of rope… much less make it on a pen

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hoss12992

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#9 posted 166 days ago

That is AWESOME! Great job buddy. Very impressive. I have some blanks in glue up now that Im trying the same thing. Hope mine turn out half as good as yours did.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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grizzman

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#10 posted 166 days ago

i think its terrific, i look at them and just scratch my head as to how you lay it out to get that result, but you will get it..your pretty much there ..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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cajunpen

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#11 posted 166 days ago

Thanks for all of the kind comments, I appreciate it.

Karson - I thought that I had everything square, but maybe not. There are so many spots during the process that can go a little off and mess up the whole process. Looking closely at mine, I’m wondering if maybe I quit turning a little too soon. One thing for sure – I’m not giving up yet :-)

John C (HillybillyShooter) I did look at Lew’s great tutorial and got some good inspiration for him. For anyone else that might be interested in giving the Celtic Knot a try there is another good tutorial by William Young – Anyone wanting to try one should go for it, it’s not as difficult as you would think – but I haven’t perfected it yet, but I will :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 166 days ago

Bill, William seems to have the Celtic knot thing down so you might send him a PM for his secret.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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woodbutcherbynight

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#13 posted 166 days ago

Stay at it, practice practice practice. Or so my band teacher always told me. It looks good, I have done a few and they come out about the same as what you have.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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oldrivers

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#14 posted 166 days ago

That is AMAZING and beautiful too boot! I love it thanks for sharing.

-- LAUS DEO!

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hunter71

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#15 posted 165 days ago

Nice job, someday I will attempt one, someday

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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