Wood Gloat #21: Pen blanks and curly maple.

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Blog entry by degoose posted 11-14-2012 09:41 PM 4112 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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MORE wood you say… but of course… can’t have too much wood…

After turning my first pen, I became interested in pen blanks… went to see Trevor… he had told me that they were cutting some New Guinea Rosewood BURL…

Also picked up some Huon Pine, Rose She-Oak, Dorrel [native Olive], Camphor, Tiger Myrtle and some Gutta Percha..

Went down to one of my favourite wholesale timber merchants… I had heard that there was a new guy there…so dropped in to introduce myself… always good to know who you are talking to over the phone…

Well, Eddie turns out to be a real wealth of knowledge… having been in the business for many years…and while we were have a look around we stumbled upon some Queensland Maple… that was quilted…

Only got 10 boards 1.5 metres long… it was 150 mm by 19 mm

Did not have much room… we had been to Carba-Tec and the back was filled with a new dust extractor… Will go back next week and take the trailer and get a heap more… although I think we got the pick of the quilted pieces… the regular grained pieces were still very nice…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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David Craig

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#1 posted 11-14-2012 09:56 PM

Nice haul Larry and I see there is now another skilled craftsman who can explain the virtues of pen turning. Love that quilted maple. I lucked into a few rough sawn boards last year. The first time I saw that shimmer was truly magical.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 11-14-2012 09:57 PM

Some beautiful wood Larry.

Nice to know the wood people.

-- 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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#3 posted 11-14-2012 10:01 PM

Envious! Is all I’ve got say.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#4 posted 11-14-2012 10:18 PM

When are you going make time to turn Pens… when you can make so much more on other things?

Beautiful wood!

Will you be able Sign them with your Laser?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 11-14-2012 10:24 PM

i will certify this to be an official wood gloat, i would love to be able to share some of this cherry i have, it would be beautiful pens…im so happy for you and the gloat, and yep, always good to know the guys down at the wood store, never know when something wonderful might show up in the warehouse…and your name could be in there head, hey..i better call Larry…he might want this….......yep, good one mate, your the top bloak of the day here at lumberjocks…by cracky…...

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

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#6 posted 11-14-2012 10:41 PM

Excellent Haul !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 11-14-2012 11:22 PM

It is so nice to look at this wonderful looking wood and appreciate it’s complexity and beauty, knowing you are going to transform it into a piece of art. Great find.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#8 posted 11-15-2012 02:13 AM

you hit the mother lode!! should produce some beautiful products.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#9 posted 11-15-2012 03:10 AM

Beautiful wood. I just don’t have those kind of places here.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 11-15-2012 03:39 AM

LOL….YOU MADE ONE PEN NOW YOU ARE CHOPPING UP WOOD that you say is ”...10 boards 1.5 metres long… it was 150 mm by 19 mm” for PENS…that is ADDICTION…

Just made a few this week me-self…the wood is gorgeous!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 11-15-2012 04:55 AM

Told ya you got the bug lol enjoy your haul

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 11-15-2012 05:36 AM

Actually the curly maple is for cutting boards…

And I am not turning… I have a friend who turns… he is going to make the pens for me..
Although I am sorely tempted to get a lathe… but not just yet…
Will see how well the pens actually sell…after all this is my livelyhood… not just a hobby..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 11-15-2012 06:31 AM

Beautiful cutting boards!

Those will sell GOOD!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#14 posted 11-15-2012 06:50 AM

Larry, you do realize that cutting boards with errors in them now become pen blank material. One morphs into the other. Then you start doing it on purpose. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#15 posted 11-15-2012 06:54 AM

It looks like you found a tresor…

Those are going to be some eye catching pens.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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