|Forum topic by BakerWorks||posted 10-01-2016 12:41 AM||181 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
10-01-2016 12:41 AM
I recently started hand carving pens and have really enjoyed the process. I carve down the pen blanks to a round shape, then attach the pieces of the pen kit, then another round of carving to get the shape, and then sanding.
Now the first batch I made was on a bit of a time crunch, so I sanded up to 400 grit, but did not apply a finish. On the next round, I had intended to apply a spray lacquer, but ended up sanding to 800 grit, and liked the feel of the wood, so I skipped the finish again. Now I am thinking about the pens over time and what will happen.
Is it ok to leave them unfinished if they are sanded to a high grit? Is there a typical finish used on carving? The other issue it when to apply the finish. I know that when typically turning a pen on a lathe, the finish can be applied after the shaping is done, but before the pen is assembled. With the method I have been doing, I would need to apply the finish after its all put together which would make it difficult.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you everyone.