Have a (pirate) cigar (pen)

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Project by scottb posted 07-26-2007 03:19 AM 2567 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Come in here dear boy,
have a cigar
you’re gonna go far…

So, Rob was “fishing” in the Gulf (and making his family concerned) that he was taking home a little bit of a pirate ship (or Katrina wreckage)... Most of it turned into this great bench, while this piece;

hopped on a plane, headed up north and decided to spend its next life in pen form. (note the aforementioned shark bites) A tad late for our own little family LJ Picnic... but we had ours anyway (checking out Vintage Tractors, earthmovers, and a big bandsaw mill, in Colchester CT last weekend)

This oak was a joy to turn compared to any other oak (green or dry) I’ve ever turned. I’m thinking I may start storing all my turning stock underwater – (Ok, so this did smell a bit – a little like low tide, a little like…?)

Looking at the discoloration of the woods surface, compared to the inside, and how much they finished like regular blond oak, I’d guess this wasn’t in the water for too long. The discoloration is nothing like the Bog Oak Ethan used for his projects. But It certainly was submerged long enough to make the wood so much more workable. My money is on Katrina (or similar) wreckage… but it could have come from just about anywhere… so it might as well have been from a pirate ship!

I thought I took some photos of the whole process… but I ran into trouble with my second pen – It turned perfect, and didn’t have the wormholes to fill that the first one had (epoxy/sawdust mix for the filler), but wouldn’t go together and close up tightly (and it wouldn’t come apart either)... A cursory glimpse of the remaining blanks it seems that they may all be a smidge to short. I’ve worked out a method to “lengthen” them a bit, So these should be salvageable.

I hope to fix them – hate to waste this “free wood” and the extra pen tubes I bought “just in case” (the only part of the pen kit you can buy extras of.) I’m not cheap, but I hate to be wasteful. (and I’ll spend days or weeks to salvage everything. I know Penny wise and Pound foolish, eh?) At least I could come out of this with five great – and unique Pirate Cigar Pens. I chose the Gold finish to compliment the possible “pirateness” of the woods lineage.

-- 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 07-26-2007 03:36 AM

Very nice pens. First ones I’ve seen made with oak,... let alone pirate oak !!

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

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#2 posted 07-26-2007 04:37 AM

Well done Scott.

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

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#3 posted 07-26-2007 04:53 AM

So, that’s who scuddled my boat ! I need that piece back! LOL. Nice pens.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 07-26-2007 05:33 AM

I saw this pen in person and let me tell you, I almost “pirated” it. Great work Scott. Thanks for the pics, nice to see the various cuts and close ups.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 07-26-2007 03:01 PM

Great Story Scott. And nice looking pen.

-- 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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#6 posted 07-26-2007 03:11 PM

not everyone has a pirate pen!!!
Wonderful pen (and story as it continues along)

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

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#7 posted 07-26-2007 04:55 PM

Cool story; real nice work.

-- Gary, Florida

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