Hooked on pens - (Temporarily, I hope - who knows)

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Project by Tennessee posted 01-25-2016 12:31 AM 1246 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, someohow, I have been smitten by the pen bug. My museum people have a pen guy, but have said that they will display mine, whatever I bring in, due to my past performance. To me, my product had better be good…

FYI, from left to right – Acrylic with a translucent effect that lets the brass tube show through a bit, enhancing the gold hardware, A purple acrylic, just a beautiful Cigar pen, a yellowheart Slimline, finished in CA, 7-8 coats, and finally, a flame maple finished in 10 coats of CA, Slimline model.

I have bought to date:
Three pen starter kits from Woodcraft, (Cigar, Slimline and European) a blank end squaring carbide bit and shaft, both 7MM and 10MM.
Mandrel, 7MM. Other items like a couple blanks of acrylic. Micro mesh sanding pack. (See pens)
A ten pack of Slimline pens from Woodcraft to practice on, although they seem to be rather cheap units.
A pressure pot from HF, modified to fit my needs.
Three silicone molds from Ptown subbie, AKA Fred Wissen, with extra stops.
A fairly large quantity of alumilite water clear casting resin to try my hand at strange and different blanks.
One pound of putty to make some molds, as yet TBD. (I might just use the polypro mentioned below.)
A polypropylene cutting board I found in a TJ Maxx, way cheaper than the 1/2” poly it would have cost me if I had bought the raw material – so I can build my own blank mold.
A set of micro lathe tools from Woodcraft that I probably didn’t need, although I do use two of them almost every time I make a pen.
Extra valves and fittings to make the pressure pot work as an actual pressure pot, not a paint pot.
Multiple items from Craft Supplies USA, including Apprentice pens kits and bushing sets.
Multiple items from Arizona Silhouette, including pen kits and bushing kits.
Two banksia pods I found on eBay, that I didn’t really want to win the auction, but somehow won the doggone auction. On their way.
Various packages of special effects I can glue to pen tubes for special pens, like small beads, and I constantly think of things I can put in a pen, like the 100 small crosses I bought, or the collection of beer bottle caps I think I can trim and bend around a pen tube. ( That never ends, does it?)
Two books on pen turning. Read them both in two days…rereading now.
All this is way cutting into the budget of me buying a new bandsaw…

And I have spent way too much time looking at You Tube videos of how to make everything from a pen to a blank, and how to turn that blank. Pouring blanks, what to put in blanks, turning pens, applying CA, you name it, I’ve looked at it…

And if you look at the pictures, in the upper area you can see a picture of a bunch of 5 banksia pods, that I might buy on Etsy to put in blanks.

What has happened to me?? I have guitars to build! I am behind on at least two jewelry boxes – and yet, after church today, I found myself in the shop before the NFL games, making another pen. OMG!! Is this what happens?

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 01-25-2016 02:26 AM


It’s new ,it’s gratifying and I’m guessing quicker than a guitar or a box?
Nice pens, but you made some commitments, ya need to keep?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 01-25-2016 04:28 AM

yea I made a pen that had the magic of the tube appear

painting the tube is the answer and I used testors model paint and then mix a drop also in the epoxy when I glue the tubes… never had a failure or seen a tube since

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#3 posted 01-25-2016 09:49 PM

Well, Doc, today I concentrated on my guitars, and my jewelry boxes FIRST, to make sure I remember where the committments are.
You are right, this is new and as of yet unproven. I do have an outlet, and will be taking the first pens to the seller this week. But I also have made great progress on my latest guitar, including finding a new laser person to do my raised logos. So I am on track, but boy, those pens are fun and you are right, easy.

Still, I am thinking in terms of other things also, of maybe when I sell a guitar, putting in the case a pen made of the same wood? Thought that might be a neat gesture that might enhance sales of the guitars. Especially if I could get the new laser person to laser my Tsunami logo onto the pen? That would make a very cool adder to my guitars for little money.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 01-26-2016 07:47 AM

Lots happening here. Saw your email on my smartphone. I think the pen/guitar idea is a winner.

Good for you on priorities. Wish I had your problems Paul. LOL! Could be no clients and lots of pens? :)

But you do great work, so you get people interested.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-06-2016 01:40 AM

Thanks, Tom!!!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 02-22-2016 12:37 PM

Beautiful looking pens!

-- Sean Hollick ~

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#7 posted 02-22-2016 04:30 PM

It’s a nice collection of pens

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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