Cherry Burl Sedona Pen - PT3 Challenge391/391challenge

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Project by itsme_timd posted 03-30-2009 05:10 AM 4405 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Don’t know what Challenge391/391challenge is all about??? It’s a challenge issued to the participants in Pen Trade 3 by Karson and you can check out the details here.
Thanks Karson, for the excellent challenge and for sharing ‘391’ with all of the Jocks in the pen trade. Here’s my entry for the challenge and the project details.

I started off with a gorgeous piece of burl with excellent pattern and some challenging voids in it. I started by flooding the voids with some thin CA glue. When I made the pen Woodcraft had just introduced some new pen kits so I grabbed one of their Sedona kits to pair up with the blank.

After cutting the blank and gluing it up I had some voids near the tube, I knew this could cause issues so I gathered the sawdust I generated when squaring the blanks and made a slurry with CA glue.

OK, now it’s time to get this on the lathe! I made sure to sharpen my tools up extra (to the best of my ability!) and turn this one extra-cautiously – it’s amazing how much patience helps in woodworking. I know one of the Jocks here has a sig line that states woodworking-patience=firewood – so true!

As you can see in the pic, there’s a large void all the way through, I expected that to be the case and was ready to get creative with it…

HMmmm???? I wanted to patch this up with something darker to contrast the lighter wood, a little bit of plucking around and I decided to try cinnamon for this one – it is just ground up tree bark! ;-)

I was pretty pleased with the results of the repair, the patch held well and the color was exactly what I was looking for – success!

A little more turning, some TLC on the finishing, and here’s the finished pen. This has been a few months and for the life of me I don’t recall what method I used to finish this one.

Thanks for taking a look at my pen, I’m eager to see how this ‘turns’ out for others.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 03-30-2009 05:28 AM

Tim A fantastic showing. I hope that I can do mide proud.

I do have a little different situation though. If I blow mine apart I can go and pick up another blank. LOL

OK I’ll do it with the first blank I selected.

-- 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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#2 posted 03-30-2009 05:31 AM

Tim I stated that the tag should be 391challenge. You’ve got yours backwards. maybe what we want is to make a tag both ways so we are totally covered.

-- 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 03-30-2009 05:33 AM

wow…great result!!! this is just wonderful…I may be stealing some cinamon from the BOSS…thanks for all the details on the process…

DO you smell cinnamon still? And how about sanding…did you still go through all the grits


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 03-30-2009 05:33 AM

Oops! Thanks for pointing that out Karson – I changed my tags to show both, just to be sure.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#5 posted 03-30-2009 05:36 AM

Thanks Matt. I don’t smell cinnamon now but it was very strong when turning and sanding, I did go through all the grits as well as micro mesh, the warm cinnamon was a nice fragrance in the shop. =]

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#6 posted 03-30-2009 01:26 PM

that’s a great looking pen Tim!
I really like how that cinnamon filler looks (very clever too, don’t think I would have come up with that!)
best of luck in the contest!

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#7 posted 03-30-2009 04:20 PM

Looking good, Tim… Gorgeous pen!

I’m definitely sorry I didn’t have time to get in on this swap… next time around? Definitely.

I’ve got a couple of trees that had lost some big branches in the big ice storm around here early in the season, and there are plenty of blanks in there that I would be psyched to share with all my Pen Swap friends…

-- Ryno

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#8 posted 03-30-2009 05:41 PM


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 03-31-2009 12:23 AM

Where should we post the 391 challenge pictures? Is that in a seperate area or just post them here?

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#10 posted 03-31-2009 01:08 AM

Bruce, post it up as a project and tag as noted in Karson’s instructions. There’s a link up top to Karson’s post.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#11 posted 03-31-2009 03:01 AM

That’s a great looking pen. Love the cinnamon filling. It never ceases to amaze me, the number of materials you can use when turning pens.

-- Tim • Land O Lakes, FL

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#12 posted 03-31-2009 03:58 AM

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#13 posted 03-31-2009 02:39 PM

Great job and ingenious use of a spice in a woodworking project!

-- Mark, Atlanta,

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#14 posted 03-31-2009 07:58 PM

Great Pen, Tim! I like your cinnamon idea.

It looks like I need to get into the shop and make my two challenge pens.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#15 posted 03-31-2009 08:44 PM

Way to Spice up your turning Tim!... and thanks for the good tip, I’ve been wondering what I’d do if I had a blowout on that blank.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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