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My pen trade 2 - Olive wood pen

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Project by Karson posted 05-23-2009 04:21 AM 2749 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was some wood that I took out of Pen trade #2. It is some Olive Wood that I assume is California Olive and not Bethlehem Olive Wood.

It’s got some great grain and was very easy to turn.

The last picture is the pens that I turned in the last couple of days. 3 of the 391Challenge pens and the Pen Trade #2 pen.

The 4 pens are Top – olive wood, 2nd Desert Ironwood, 3rd Spalted Willow, 4th Cherry Burl

-- 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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cabinetmaster

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#1 posted 05-23-2009 04:27 AM

WOW…..some great looking pens Karson. Keep up the great work.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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lew

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#2 posted 05-23-2009 04:29 AM

Sweet! Or would it be sour? Does Olive wood smell like olives when turning it?

Great Looking pens, Karson!

Lew

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

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#3 posted 05-23-2009 04:34 AM

Lew: I don’t eat Olives, so I’ve never looked at one in the eye or nose.

I was a normal wood smell. Well I say normal but the cherry is not a normal smell. It’s kind of sweet.

-- 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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#4 posted 05-23-2009 04:38 AM

Nice job Karson…great looking pens.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 05-23-2009 04:51 AM

great set of project postings … you are on a pen roll … how many hours do you estimate for turning and finishing this weekends pens ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Karson

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#6 posted 05-23-2009 04:55 AM

Dan: I figure about 20 minutes to turn a pen, that is after all of the sawing, drilling, glueing, Truing up the ends, etc.

Those items are all done a few days before because you can’t work a pen blank until the glue is set up hard. I use Epoxy glue, to glue in the brass tubes.

I had one of the woodworkers over for a pen making tutorial. He got 2 pens make in about 4 hours.

I’m a little faster than him, er make that a lot faster.

-- 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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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 05-23-2009 05:04 AM

only time I’ve made a pen was during a pen making demo at the Woodcrafts in Cinci.

It was a couple years ago and pens were donated to the troops.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 05-23-2009 05:24 AM

I love this one – but I’m subjective as olive wood is one of my favorites.

lew- olive wood, does have the olive smell, I love that wood, it’s also very dense. and has amazing grain patterns- my cousin used to turn bowls and vessels out of it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 05-23-2009 05:51 AM

Very nice Karson,

Did you finish it with olive oil? <(:O)#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#10 posted 05-23-2009 07:20 AM

Nice batch of pens, Karson. You’ve got a good finishing schedule there too…they look like marble.

I agree with Sharon, I think they smell like olives when you cut the wood. Same with Castello.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#11 posted 05-23-2009 12:43 PM

Very nice pens Karson. What do you do with them?
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 05-23-2009 03:11 PM

Beautiful pens Karson.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 05-23-2009 07:12 PM

Hi Karson;

Very nice looking pens indeed.

My son has started making pens and selling them on ebay.

He’s pretty smart, I buy all the stuff, he keeps the money.

We typically use super glue to glue the tubes in, so we can turn them within 10 minutes of gluing the brass tube in.

He’s gotten pretty good at turning them pretty quickly.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Karson

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#14 posted 05-23-2009 08:08 PM

Lee: I tried using CA glue. But #1 the tube always dried up and #2 I was not sure that I was getting great gap filling between the brass and the wood.

So I opted for Epoxy, but, I’ve heard about a lot of people using CA.

-- 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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#15 posted 05-23-2009 08:50 PM

Karson

You remember the gorilla glue challenge ? Well I won a box of gorilla glue samples etc. I’ve found their gorilla super-glue glue is real-good-stuff. Doesn’t dry out at the tip.

The pin point poly glue is very handy too. Also the white woodworkers glue is great too.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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