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Project by Gary posted 07-25-2007 04:51 AM 1864 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a little time left and needed to let the bookcase I’m building sit. So, what to do, what to do???

Duh, what else? Turn a pen. ;)

I had just gotten a 2-DVD set of demos from Terrence over at the IAP
featuring sessions from a gathering organized last year.
I watched two sessions, one on polyresin turning and one on finishing.
So, tonight I tried putting into practice what I studied, and this is my 40-minute speed pen;
that’s the time from milling, drilling, glueing, skewing, and finishing and assembling this pen.
I’m pretty pleased with the results.
It’s a gunmetal slimline outfitted with curly black cherry burl.
Most of the burl turned off, leaving predominantly curl.


-- Gary, Florida

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#1 posted 07-25-2007 04:59 AM

Nice, Gary. I might have to give that a go myself.

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

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#2 posted 07-25-2007 05:08 AM

Wayne started a movement! Nice pen! I’m down to the shop to turn one myself!

-- 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 07-25-2007 05:53 AM

nice, I really want to turn a pen for a good friend.Do you have a reccomendation for a kit for someone to get started, to be able to turn a pen from start to finish, don’t need the wood ,but the rest?


-- Roy "Woodboxman" Coos Bay, Oregon

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#4 posted 07-25-2007 06:13 AM

I blogged a how-to little while ago. People normally start with a 7mm slimline kit.

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

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#5 posted 07-25-2007 09:12 PM

That’s a great primer you posted. Very nice.
While looking around outside sites, I noticed a Canadian vendor’s site offers the newer Sierra in his
starter kits. Thing about the Sierra it’s touted as easy to assemble as it’s one tube and it shows lots of
the blank.
The beauty of the slimline kit is that you can make all kinds of customizations.

Have a look at Russ Fairfield's pen website

Caveat Emptor: You’ll be hooked. It’s addictive like wood.


-- Gary, Florida

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#6 posted 07-25-2007 09:13 PM

I’d be concerned if you pick up the pen-making.
A. You’ll put me to shame.
B. You’ll have less time for your lovely boxes.
C. See A.


-- Gary, Florida

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