Desert Ironwood Pen in Platinum and Black Titanium

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Project by scottb posted 06-23-2009 02:38 AM 5467 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love this pen, and I love this wood. The grain is simply amazing.

Desert Ironwood is a protected species, no living trees can be harvested. It grows in the Sonoran Desert in Southwest USA and Mexico, and you need a federal or state permit to be able to collect the dead trees from the desert. It’s very slow growing shrub to small gnarly tree, with lots of splits and cracks and very tight growth rings. The sapwood is light yellow, the heartwood is brown with black streaks. When it is sanded it shines like no other wood I’ve ever seen and hard as a rock and heavy, It sinks in water.

The twist pen (Wall Street II) is platinum and black titanium (also called gunmetal) Both are the most durable finishes you can get for a pen. Between the wood and hardware, this pen will last a lifetime, or several.

The wood turns so nicely, so clean and smooth, I almost didn’t even need to sand it, in fact starting at 220 was like going backwards, so I took it up to 2000 grit buffed, and then finished with boiled linseed oil and several layers of high gloss friction polish – shellac and carnauba wax.

I was a little sad to have sold the bottle stopper I made with a blank of this wood, so I might not let this one go. Did I say I love it? My wife does too.

This is the 22nd project in my 30 projects in 30 days challenge

cross posted on Facebook: B C Woodworking
this? and other projects, for sale on Etsy: B C Woodworking

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#1 posted 06-23-2009 02:54 AM

Scott: I love desert Ironwood. I’ve used it for pens for about 6 years. The wood is great and the imbedded irridesence is great.

I love you version.

-- 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 06-23-2009 04:08 AM

that’s beautiful!
great grain, great finish, great, great, great!

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#3 posted 06-23-2009 04:19 AM

Beautiful wood makes wonderful pens ,well done


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#4 posted 06-23-2009 05:05 AM

Great pen, phenomenal grain in the wood – awesome result. Nicely done.

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#5 posted 06-23-2009 06:35 AM

I like this one alot … where do you get your pen hardware ?

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#6 posted 06-23-2009 02:25 PM

I had a friend bring me a nice piece of ironwood from arizona. it was 2” x 6” x 8” and I resawn it down to a few pices of dimensional lumber. The orange dust it makes is unusual. But your not kidding on how hard this stuff is. I did enjoy working with it and finish is a breeze with minimal sanding. Nice pen by the way

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#7 posted 12-26-2009 03:38 PM

Great pen but I want to know how you get a good pen picture…lol. Mine do not show detail.

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