Pens and other turned items

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Project by Neil Davis posted 06-03-2014 02:33 AM 1603 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a batch of turned items, some of which are for gifts. I returned from New Zealand and brought back 94 lbs of various woods that were unique to the area there. I turned some pens from some of the wood from NZ for co-workers that went with me to NZ and then I also turned several pens from Box Elder for the folks down in NZ that gave me the wood. One of the black pens is made from a bull horn for a friend from TX. The Ice cream paddle and coffee scoop are for the wife, made from woods from NZ and the two 1/4” rod handles are for tools for my lathe made from wood from NZ as well.

Here is a list of the wood types from NZ.

Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana or Lawson Cypress – imported from northern California
Red Beach – Nothofagus fusca
Tawa – Beilschmicdia tarairi
Kauri – Agathis australis
Swamp Maire – Syzgium Maire
Matai – Prumnoprtys taxifolia
Rewarewa – Knightia excels
Rata – 4 varieties – Possibly north rata – Metrosideros robusta
Kanuka – Vunzea ericoides
Puriri – Vitex lucens
Totara – Podocarpus totara
Rimu – Dacrydium cupressinum
Macrocarpa or Monterey Cypress – imported from California
Maire – Nestegis
Towai – Weinmannia silvicola

The last picture is one of the stack of wood that I brought back.

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 03:15 AM

Great idea…. and nice gesture….
To make the gifts from the heart and the wood from the trip.
That is sure to help keep their memories alive!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 06-08-2014 09:13 PM

Nice group of turnings. The pens look cool with the different woods.
I also made myself a knock out rod and even though my new lathe came with one, I like mine so much better. It’s nice to use tools you made.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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