My 391Challenge Pen

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Project by Karson posted 05-16-2009 06:28 AM 1980 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished my 391Challenge pen.

The blog is here. that describes the rules and how this wood came to be.

I found a log in my driveway and it was a Cherry Burl. I had it sliced and gave some pen blanks out in the Pen Trade Swap.

Turning the blank was quite easy. I had no chipouts from the burl, but i did have a wormhole that was patched with burl sanding dust and epoxy glue. It is under the clip, but is pretty invisable.

We are suppose to have our pens made by July 4th so get going guys.

My 391XChallenge Pen Desert Ironwood.

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My 391BChallenge entry Spalted Willow.

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My 391 twins for the people that gave me the wood is here.

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-- 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 05-16-2009 06:33 AM

Beautiful Pen, Karson! I like the second display case.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-16-2009 06:38 AM

Nice pen looks good.I like the second box also. I was wondering if the green stuff I see it sitting on is something guys use to sell in High school LOL


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#3 posted 05-16-2009 06:42 AM

july 4th??? good in 17 days i will have a bit oh time…

GREAT PEN KARSON…I am worried my bllank is too small and brittle…but i will try my best.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 08:49 AM

Very nice, Karson! Love the pen. =]

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#5 posted 05-16-2009 11:30 AM

That’s a nice looking pen. Makes me wish I had gotten in the pen swap.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 01:47 PM

Karson, the pen looks great! I am working on mine and hope to have it done next week.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 02:36 PM

Very nice Karson,

Good luck to all you pen turners.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 03:16 PM

Nice looking pen Karson !

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#9 posted 05-16-2009 03:54 PM

Green Stuff that wood chips can’t you tell :>)

Matt. If it’s too small send me a PM and I’ll send another one. I was hoping that the one or two of the guys who make short bodied pens would take the shorter blanks. And I wasn’t shur how short would be usable.

-- 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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#10 posted 05-16-2009 05:32 PM

very nice karson, i also want to say thank you very much for the pen blanks. now that school is done i will have more time to turn so those blanks won’t be square for long.i will have pics of my 391 challenge shortly.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#11 posted 05-18-2009 02:56 AM

Nice one Karson.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 05-22-2009 01:59 AM

nice looks so different in color than the one I’m anxious about finally cutting into.

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

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#13 posted 05-24-2009 01:22 AM

Nice job, glad you got to making yours. It turned out great.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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