Keep Your Cutoffs for Pens

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Project by ShannonRogers posted 03-29-2009 04:58 PM 1430 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So many pen makers yearn for the exotic and highly figured woods for their best pen kits. I have done the same myself. This Quartersawn White Oak taught me that the straightest grains are often just as stunning. I also learned (probably unfortunately) that I should never throw anything out. I had a small 3/4×1” strip of QSWO left from an Arts & Crafts shelf. I cut it into 6” lengths and put it with my pen blanks. After seeing how this one came out I am excited to use the remaining 10 blanks I have had sitting around for over a year.

Finish is BLO after sanding to 12K grit. Finished with Hut PPP satin then gloss wax.

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#1 posted 03-29-2009 05:38 PM

Great job turning the ends to match perfectly!! I am always amused on how different people like different things. The one I think is the most beautiful, some else thinks its another one. So a simple straight grain light wood appeals to one person and some else likes the dark exotic woods. To me they are all wonderful.

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 06:27 PM

I was a little surprised at the final look of some oak pens I made a while back, they do come out better than expected.

I do like the shape of yours, I think it flows very nicely. very nice work.

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