391 challenge The rules

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Blog entry by Karson posted 03-29-2009 03:37 AM 2915 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry everyone, The entry fee was that you had to be in The great Pen trade that Tim got started around many days ago.

Here how this 391Challenge got all started.

I found a log in my driveway.

Stewart made a comment in “You might be a LumberJock if” and it was as number 391 in that blog series.
Someone stated that this log will be forever known as #391

I had it cut up

I asked Tin to send me the pen trade first so that I could put 19 pen blanks in. One for each member of the pen trade. I asked everyone to make the pen and we’d post a challenge on LumberJocks.

So if you got one of the blanks, then make your pen and post a project entry telling any difficulties that you experienced, How easy or how hard it was. Post pictures of the blank before and after if you have a before picture.

We don’t have any SawStop saws for the winner, But I’ll send a piece of the log to you, for you to do what you wish. (If you win the big challenge) Post 391challenge (no spaces) in the title somewhere and post a tag of 391challenge (no spaces) in the tags so that we can find the entries. And then lets say get your entry done by July 4, 2009 we will let the members of LumberJocks vote on the winner at that time.

If anyone else wants to post a prize to be given to the first, second or last place

The rules might change at any time if we deem it necessary.

I know some have already made their pen, I haven’t even started mine. There was also a 391BChallenge blank in the pen blanks. So also make your 391Bchallenge pen and post it like the 391 but label it as 391BChallenge.

This is an informal challenge. It’s had a OK by Martin even though it’s not open to all LumberJocks.

So let me throw this challenge to everyone who makes pens Make your best entry and post it as 391XChallenge as an extra entry. And we’ll vote on them also. That way everyone can get involved and we’ll see if we can get some prizes for the high vote getter’s.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 03-29-2009 03:51 AM

I love this rule: “The rules might change at any time if we deem it necessary.” But soooo necessary as things come up…

Thanks for the EXTENDED deadline…i will still need to learn from all the PRO’s how to make the blank more stable…and safe to turn…so it wont break up…

Cant wait to see the results…

THANKS karson!!!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 04:15 AM

Great idea,... and thanks for reminding me about that blank. I had the box so long ago… I’d forgotten all about it. Been a while since my marathon sessions at the lathe this past November, I suppose I should get some more pens out of the shop and up on LJ’s (and Esty if they come out nice enough!)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 07:36 AM

Good luck to all, will be keeping an eye open for this one. Thanks Karson for setting this up !

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 03-29-2009 10:41 AM

Great to see that #391 lives on!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#5 posted 03-30-2009 05:11 AM

My pen is posted! Check it out here.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#6 posted 04-25-2009 04:27 PM

how does someone get into this challenge if they showed up a little late?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#7 posted 04-26-2009 04:47 PM

That little piece of burl is still rattling around in my head. At first I thought I would just use some woodhardner to strengthen it up, but now, I’m thinking I might go the plexiglass acetone route and try to fill it in that way.

If only I had a large pickle jar!

-- No good deed goes unpunished!

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