Birds Eye Maple Fountain Pen

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I had a piece of Birds Eye Maple that looked too white to use for a pen but something about it said to give it a try. I am very pleased with the result. The grain has an amazing depth to it and the pen writes like silk.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 07:43 AM

nice pen. I’ll have to pick up the jigs.

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 07:44 AM

Nice looking pen jim!


-- Robin Renee'

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 08:46 AM

Great looking pen Jim and nice picture. Every time I try to take a photo of a pen about all you can see is glare. Nice job.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 02:50 PM

If you want to lightly tint maple, the easiest way is to dye it with trans-tint from Woodcraft… However if you don’t want to spend $20 to try your first one, Ritt Dye works great. Just buy some (about $2) in any color you want. Brown, mixed with a little red and yellow makes a great looking tint for maple. Put some denatured alcohol in a clear container, then add a little powdered dye till you get the color you want. Test it on a sample of the wood you are dying and give it a try. I dye maple gunstocks to bring out the grain.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 03:02 PM

Outstanding look. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#7 posted 01-18-2010 07:27 PM

Good Job Jim on the pen

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#8 posted 01-18-2010 07:34 PM

Nice looking nib on that pen….what kit did you use? Does the cap spin or click on the back? The last kits I found at a reasonable price did not allow for attaching the cap to the back (junk).... Love the wood and grain….Birds Eye Maple is one of my favorite woods to work with…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#9 posted 01-18-2010 07:45 PM

The kit is an El Grande Fountain Pen kit from Lee Valley. The cap clicks (friction fit) onto the opposite end of the pen for writing. When not using the pen the cap screws onto the pen to protect the nib. I prefer screw on types because they don’t fall off. It’s not the cheapest kit but I really like them.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#10 posted 01-19-2010 01:10 AM

Very impressive… I am still looking forward to using one of these pens in the future.

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#11 posted 01-30-2010 05:37 AM

Aa beautiful pen. Nice job.

-- 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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