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 Post subject: A few pens
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:17 pm 
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So I've been branching out into the higher end kits and fountain pens lately. The last three are my faves. Hope you enjoy.


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 Post subject: Re: A few pens
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:35 pm 
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Nice job, look great really like the yellow and blue.


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 Post subject: Re: A few pens
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:53 pm 
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Those are nice, Jim!!

I've never understood pen-making, but I have to admit they're pretty!

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 Post subject: Re: A few pens
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Dang those are nice. I made a bunch for everyone at work last year. They were just the slimline pens with straight grain walnut. It was a great way to learn how to make pens.

What finish are you using?
Where did you get your pen kits?
Did you make all of your blanks?
Are you using traditional tools or carbide? I use carbide because I will sand a ton anyway and it so much easier for me to learn with.

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 Post subject: Re: A few pens
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:22 am 
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Those are really nice. I'm not usually into manmade materials but that first one is truly an eye catcher.


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 Post subject: Re: A few pens
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Jared Shroyer wrote:
Dang those are nice. I made a bunch for everyone at work last year. They were just the slimline pens with straight grain walnut. It was a great way to learn how to make pens.

What finish are you using?
Where did you get your pen kits?
Did you make all of your blanks?
Are you using traditional tools or carbide? I use carbide because I will sand a ton anyway and it so much easier for me to learn with.


Those are all CA finish except for the acrylics, which are simply polished up to 8000 grit.

All of the kits are PSI (Penn State Industries) kits, although I do sometimes buy them through resellers such as exoticblanks.com and Arizona Silhouette, who buy in large volume and offer them at a slight discount. Exotic Blanks in particular offers kits from all the major manufacturers (PSI, Dayacom, and Berea, which makes a lot of them for Woodcraft), plus a pretty large selection of blanks.

The acrylics I did not make, and the buckeye burl i bought pre-stabilized (injected with resin) because it tends to be punky and or explosive on the lathe.

I use traditional turning tools. I tried using a carbide tool to rough some blanks round, but I kept gouging them and decided that since I had a little experience with the regular gouge, I'd just stick with that.

I have made "European style" (that's what Woodcraft calls them) twist pens in spurts every once in a while for the last ten years or so. A little beefier than the Slimlines you mention, but not much more complicated apart from a tenon. Earlier this year I caught Barry Gross' presentation at the woodworking show--he is a fairly well known pen turner, who runs the Arizona Silhouette site I mentioned above-- and started doing some of the more complex/more refined-looking stuff and learned how to do a CA finish. I even sold a bunch at an employee Arts and Crafts fair we had at work this spring. I went to a fountain pen show here in DC about a month back, and ever since, I've been on a fountain pen kick and trying out the higher end stuff. You REALLY don't want to screw up a $55 pen kit--always spring for the extra tubes!

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 Post subject: Re: A few pens
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berklich wrote:
Those are really nice. I'm not usually into manmade materials but that first one is truly an eye catcher.


I agree. I generally far prefer the look of wood, but I saw that one in the catalog and had to give it a try. I liked it so much I bought 5 or 6 more.

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Great work. Thank you for sharing

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 Post subject: Re: A few pens
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Nice looking pens. I've thought about getting a mini lathe and starting with pens to get into turning.

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 Post subject: Re: A few pens
PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:11 pm 
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ecs5298 wrote:
Nice looking pens. I've thought about getting a mini lathe and starting with pens to get into turning.


It can be addictive! The instant gratification aspect of pen turning is hard to beat. You can go from block of wood to finished project in less than an hour, which you can't really say about most other woodworking projects.

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