Rustic Flower: First place beginner beautiful pen contest

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Project by ThorinOakenshield posted 03-31-2014 03:26 AM 1284 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I met a guy doing a pen turning demonstration at the local Rockler. He said I should join So I did and they were having a bunch of contests. I just started pen turning last summer so I entered the beginner pen contest. As luck would have it I won. Here's all the entries . And the Winner's page.
I was really surprised I even placed because of my non-traditional pen profile. Pens were voted on by registered members. I was excited when they responded well to it.

Entry description -
Name: Rustic Flower.
Pen Kit: Chrome Slimline from Woodcraft.
Materials: Cherry, Blood wood, Maple, aluminum.
Construction: Segmented. Each segment was burned to produce a black contrast between different woods and metal.
Finish: Medium CA Glue sanded to 2400 grit, buffed with high gloss P.P.Hutt wax.
Picture: Black cotton sheet backdrop, Hand mirror for additional view, side lighting in attempt to eliminate glare from clear polish.

I put the prize gift card toward a Robert Sorby Proedge from . The guys at treated me great and they have the ProEdge for cheaper than anywhere else I’ve seen it. I also got some exotic snakes skit and feather pen blanks from JohnU. I posted a picture of the snake pen kit turned on a chrome sierra kit.

Next year I will try for the intermediate contest and see how I do.

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

5 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-31-2014 05:44 AM

very beautiful, I love the non traditional profile.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 09:53 AM

This was a great looking and unique style pen. I am also very impressed with the fantastic photo. Did you take it?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-31-2014 12:26 PM

Yes. I took the photo. The wife helped with the exposure which was crucial.

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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#4 posted 03-31-2014 06:16 PM

That is a great photo of a great looking pen. I too like the profile you came up with. You sure can say that looks like a winner!
Keep showing us your projects!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#5 posted 05-02-2014 01:59 AM

Great looking pens. The rustic flower is very creative using a slimline. Keep up the good work.

-- When All Else Fails ... Hit Delete

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