Rosewood Fat Boy Pen

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I used the typical slimline kit with this, but kept the bottom portion about 1/4” longer than the top. I turned the top a little fatter and tapered the two ends to meet the slimline bushings so the pen parts would fit. It’s finished with watco and liberon. Now, this was really fun to turn as it was an experiment in form as an attempt to step away from what the pen kit proposed and try something different. I think I’d like to put some detail on the bottom of the part of the top, or use a contrasting wood there next time. I’m still experimenting. I’ll try not to drown y’all in experimental pens…I can’t promise anything though!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 07-20-2007 04:43 PM

Nice job Mot. Looks like you have the knack for pen turning.

When are you going to try some of the big pens, like the Cigar pens, or El Grande pens? Another one you might enjoy is the woodworkers pencil. Woodcraft and others have that kit, and it is a big pencil.

Ahh, the challenges of pen turning are ever expanding.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 07-20-2007 04:50 PM

Thanks, Bill. I have some El Grande kits and I got the bushings yesterday. I just haven’t glued up the blanks yet. I’ll most likely prepare a couple for turning in the next day or so. I see that pen turning is limitless though.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 07-20-2007 04:53 PM

Just think, besides pens there are things like Christmas ornaments, yo-yo’s, jewelry, key rings, etc. It will take you a long time to try everything out. You might have to hang up the spiderman suit for awhile..hahaha

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#4 posted 07-20-2007 08:32 PM

Hey guys, it’s funny how one can build in a prejudice for no good reason.

I used to belong to a woodworking club where box makers were praised and pen makers were scorned. I’m not sure of the reasons for this, but I do know that every time the pen-making member showed their creations there were a lot of snickers and derision.

So without every really knowing what was going on, I determined that making pens was something that I would avoid.

So here I sit, looking at this lovely pen and others that a number of LumberJocks have made thinking – perhaps the joke was on me. Maybe I should give it a go. But is I do, please promis not to snicker – I’m very sensitive! LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 07-20-2007 09:11 PM

Great pen Mott. I would not worry about turning a few pens. You’ve built enough boxes that no one can give you a hard time….lol

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 07-20-2007 11:05 PM

LOL, Don. I can’t promise as I snicker when I turn a pen. They are really fun to turn though. Again, the best thing about turning a pen is that it’s a nice speedy little project. Something that can be started and finished in the same hour if you want. It’s a nice distraction and I’ve found gives me alot of practice with the skew and other gouges. I’ve not done alot of spindle work as I always wondered how many honey dippers a guy needs, but the pens are really cool. Everybody loves a pen. For one, you never get the, “Hey, that’s cool…uh, what’s it for?” comment about a pen. :)

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 07-21-2007 05:41 AM

Don – Next time they snicker, tell them that Karson filled up his barn with some pretty awesome wood finds, in part bartered with pens he’d made.

They are a great “instant gratification” sort of project (that is if you’ve already prepped the blanks) and can do one or many in a session. The biggest problem can be that they can be addictive to make, and you can spend quite a deal on the kits. – which leads to other sorts of projects, yo-yo’s, peppermills, chessmen, screwdrivers, telescoping canoe paddles (kidding) At least, as Mot points out, they’re a useful project. I have spurtles that I’ll likely never use, I suppose they’d double as cool drumsticks… if I played.

There’s also quite a bit of creativity out there, taking the kits, or reengineering things to make new and interesting designs – with pine cones, corn cobs, bowling balls, corian, polymer clay – some things that just don’t lend themselved to other woodworking applications.

Give it a go Don, fill up some of your boxes with pens!

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

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#8 posted 07-22-2007 10:15 PM

Tom, and how are these beauties received in your household? You can’t shove a plant in them.. ...

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

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#9 posted 07-22-2007 11:09 PM

I liked Scott’s allusion to Karson’s wood trove in part financed through pen sales. I think also of Tom’s comment about not wanting to be “The home-made wine guy” (Pam and I had a chuckle about that just last night). They can be made quickly and one does not have to calculate billable hours at fraction of the dollar in order to get a sale. And people do seem to appreciate them as gifts. I paid for my mini-lathe in short order through pen sales, and then sort of dropped off for a number of years, focusing on my first love and main focus; (drum roll for Don) small wooden boxes. But when inspiration flags, or there is no time in the busy world to spend hours in my man-cave fussing joinery or a finish, I can whip out a pen or two, letting the wood or other media do the talking. I wish I could burn in a glorious finish with friction polish on my boxes (dab-ouch, dab-ouch, dab-ouch, dab-ouch: the corners are murder!). I hope Scott has some resources to share about the polymer clays. They are a current focus of mine in another realm that I hope to share soon.

Bottom line, nice pens Tom. Glad you have shared these with us. You deserve some instant success pieces after the bowl incident. Can’t let the Nova DVR develop any cobwebs (spidey-webs excepted)!

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

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#10 posted 06-20-2009 11:29 PM

That is really nice. I have just started turning pens myself. All I have done are slimeline pens, thus far. I like the way you left the middle ring part off of it. I will have to try this myself soon.

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#12 posted 09-05-2009 03:03 AM

That’s a great pen. Well done!

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