Hawaiian Milo Cigar Pen in gold

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Project by scottb posted 06-02-2009 03:20 AM 2220 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hawaiian Milo Cigar Pen in Gold

Milo- (Thespesia populnea) is a very nice shade tree that grows by the ocean. Milo trees can grow up to 35 feet tall and 27 inches in diameter. Most milo is small nowadays all under 12 inches in diameter. The wood is a nice pink color when it is freshly cut but with age it will turn medium to dark brown. The wood is strong and very durable, it sands very well but resists a finish because of oils in the wood. This was one of the woods the early Hawaiians used for making bowls.

This gorgeous two tone pen, with gold trim, is made with genuine milo milled in Hawaii, courtesy of one of our fellow Lumberjocks (thanks Harold!). This is a great wood to turn. Easy to shape, and cuts very cleanly. A real pleasure to work. I only have a few pieces of this, and wood love to get my hands on some more.

The pen is finished with BLO and friction polish… though i suspect a simple buffing might have sufficed as well… had I read up on the wood first.

This is the first project in my 30 projects in 30 days challenge

cross posted on Facebook: B C Woodworking
and (possibly) for sale on Etsy: B C Woodworking

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

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#1 posted 06-02-2009 05:23 AM

I’m sure this will probably be viewed as an odd question… but how’s it smell? it looks a little like cedar and I wonder if the smell is at all the same.

I’ve noticed a great smell coming from drilling and turning stoppers that use Maple and Jatoba that I’ve made.

it is a great looking pen and a nice start to your 30-in-30 challenge!

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#2 posted 06-02-2009 06:21 AM

Not an odd question at all. at least I dont think so. I can’t say I noticed one way or the other. Must have had a faintish, or stronger smell of something, but nothing even close to cedar. Yeah, sure looks like it though, huh? I have a cedar blank from Karson, also two toned. I should turn that one, and compare the two pens. I have more Koa in my Hawaii box, that so looks like swirly burly walnut.
I LOVE the buttery smell when I cut oak at work. and there are a few other woods I like as well. Bocote reminds me of something – a food from childhood -I’m picturing roasted or sauteed peas (which I’ve never seen, or even considered as a cooking style) maybe it’s like a Swanson TV dinner… I can’t figure out what yet.

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

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#3 posted 06-02-2009 05:16 PM

Nice job looks super . Which end do you Light/


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#4 posted 06-02-2009 11:24 PM

Did someone say Milo????

Excellent pen… wish I knew how to turn!

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